Mark O'Brien

Chicago, IL, United States

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About Me


I have a pretty optimistic outlook on life in terms of the things people can accomplish. As cliche as it sounds, I believe that you can do almost anything if you work hard and smart for it. I try to apply this to by daily life by pushing my physical and mental limits.

I also try to think of things rationally and look at the whole picture. When people do things, what life experiences did they have that shaped them into the person that made that choice?


Life is full of wonderful experiences and stories, I just want to experience as many as possible. By accumulating and understanding unique viewpoints and perspectives, I know that I can become the best person I can be.

As I travel and grow, I hope I can eventually share these experiences with somebody else and help them grow as well.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I'm on couchsurfing because it's a fantastic way for me to meet all sorts of people and see their country from a local's perspective.


Anything outdoors (hiking, fishing, kayaking, rock climbing), Capoeira/martial arts, obstacle races, working out, music, dancing (salsa, bachata, swing, blues, ballroom), most kinds of shows, culture, seeing cool sites, NPR podcasts, hearing a good story, and history.

Music, Movies, and Books

Books: song of ice and fire, dark tower series and any other stephen king, lord of the rings, harry potter, anything with a good story, Neil Gaimon (sandman, american gods)

TV: walking dead, game of thrones, firefly, arrested development, Avatar: the last airbender, Legend of Korra, Sherlock, how I met your mother, coupling, anime and others.

movies: Fearless,something with a good story, comedy, action, movies so bad they are funny (the room, troll 2), but I'm not picky

Music: jazz, salsa, bachata, power metal, pirate metal, classical, soundtracks, reggaeton, funk, soundtracks, and other stuff

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Hard to chose between going to the grand canyon and skydiving.

Teach, Learn, Share

Anybody, really, because every person has a unique experience or viewpoint to share that will help me grow as a person. People very different from myself can show me new things that I may come to love. People similar to me can introduce me to things I enjoy (like dancing) in new settings. When you meet people, you really can't lose, it's just a matter of how you look at the interaction.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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