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How I got here: I quit my IT job in Chicago, bought a ticket to Berlin, and endeavored to learn the German language well enough to study for my Masters there. After a month, the wanderlust took over, so I bought a bike and took off, with the goal to ride to the Adriatic. Got stopped in Slovakia, started teaching English to kids. Moved on to Kazakhstan after that, then back to Chicago, continuing to pursue the ESL dream. I moved back in Germany in pursuit of that Masters degree that eluded me the first time, spent 5 months in Russia, and now I'm back in Germany, trying to figure out what's next.
Couchsurfing has a lot to do with why I'm here, and why I no longer spend 45 hours a week sitting in a cubicle, and I'll be forever thankful for that.
Sober since June 2011.
Life is digging up a pile of dirt, showing it to somebody, and then shoveling it back into a hole.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Hosted three times in Kazakhstan and Poland, and a bunch of times in Chicago. I won't be able to host until at least the Fall of 2015. But if you'd like to get together, hit me up.
Couchsurfed across Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Iceland. Had my first pair of couchsurfers ever in February 2010, while I was living in Kazakhstan. Had a bunch more in Chicago, in my big 3 bedroom in Bucktown. Never had a bad experience.
History and modern international politics, economics, linguistics, everything that relates to how people function in their daily lives.
Music, Movies, and Books
The best of what I've heard, read and see this year (2014):
Music: Major Lazer/Diplo, Riff Raff, Chvrches, Russ Chimes, Die Antwoord, Action Bronson, Mykki Blanco, Schoolboy Q, FYFE, MO, Rhye, Seeed
Books: Hyperion by Dan Simmons, K Blows Top
Movies: Safety Not Guaranteed, Urusei Yatsura: Only You, Django Unchained
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
When I was 17, I spent 3 days outside in the Ohio forest with two of my friends. We brought nothing except a magnesium strip to start a fire, and a water purification bottle, in an effort to simulate what it would be like to survive a plane crash in the wilderness. We had been planning to do this for a while, but we waited until the first weekend in November, which meant that when we arrived it was around 40 degrees (Fahrenheit). That wouldn't have been too terrible, but then it started to rain. We spent the next 3 days wet and chilled straight through, the fire we lit early in the morning of the second day was the only thing that kept us going. No food for three days, and very little water. It was fantastic.
Teach, Learn, Share
visited 27 states (12%)Create your own visited map of The World
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, United States