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Overview

  • 55 References 37 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Italian, Korean; learning Chinese, Spanish
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Bicycling and volunteering!
  • School, College, Traveling, Volunteering
  • From Greenfield, CA, USA and Yorktown, VA, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Be Green. Be Happy. Plant Trees. Learn Permaculture, Avoid Getting Run Over.

ABOUT ME

American fellow who moved to Daegu, South Korea after college. I worked there for two years, traveled in Southeast Asia for a few months, lived for a while at Sadhana Forest, a great eco-community in India, and then went back to Korea for two more years. Now I'm two years and 25,000km into a ridiculous bicycle journey that started in China and will end...someday. I'd love visit lots of awesome farms and eco-communities and meet some great people along the way.

Update: Trip is done, now I'm living in Sadhana Forest! Planting trees by day, sleeping in an open-air natural hut by night. Come lend a hand!

PHILOSOPHY

Repay the world for all my good luck.
Be nice.
Help.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Between 2010 and 2012, when I finally got a decent-sized apartment all to myself, I hosted somewhere around ten different guests from all different countries, all inspiring in their own ways. Now it's me that's on the road!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Surfed or met up with hosts in the US, Korea, China, Taiwan, Yunnan, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, India...always excellent.

Interests

Languages, linguistics, cooking and eating natural foods, veganism, living fairly, the environment, permaculture, Buddhism, anthropology, non-consumption, bicycling.

  • fish
  • environment
  • dining
  • cooking
  • vegetarian
  • running
  • fishing
  • buddhist
  • anthropology
  • languages

Music, Movies, and Books

Am very much into reading, particularly stuff about languages and linguistics, and also about environmentalism. Nowadays I am devouring every Derrick Jensen book that my friends at various Korean universities can get for me. Also into psychology, philosophy, sociology...anything that helps me understand the world and makes me feel less alone in wanting to preserve it.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Befriended a young motorcyle-taxi driver (named Chan Tha) in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Over 3 days of touring Angkor Wat, I talked to him frequently about how he'd rather be back in the village farming with his family than trying to save up money in the city. Then he took me out to his village, 2 hours away. I helped his family and community harvest some rice, took a bath in the river, poked coconuts out of trees, caught some fish, cooked dinner, talked with his mother, and slept on his floor. Also met an old woman in the village who had never even seen a white person, and she marveled at my paleness and how soft my hands were.

Later, in Korea, I was asked to give a TEDx Talk, so I shared the story above with 100 people in the audience and who knows how many online. I wonder if Chan Tha will ever know much those few days changed my life.

Now the talk is here:
tedxtalks.ted.com/video/My-Path-to-Green-Living-Michael

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you Korean, Italian, and bits of Chinese and Spanish.

I can cook some "unique" vegetarian food for you. Or eat what you cook. Or enjoy a meal out together.

I can play you a harmonica tune that will only hurt your ears a little bit.

Countries I’ve Visited

Cambodia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Laos, Macao, Myanmar, Nepal, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

India, Italy, South Korea, United States

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