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Overview

  • 148 References 109 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Arabic, Arabic (Morocco), French
  • 47, Male
  • Member since 2008
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  • PhD from the School of LIFE!
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About Me

I'm a native New Yorker, whatever that means, having lived in Manhattan since the early 80s. I've traveled around a lot, but always seem to find my way back home to this crazy island. My girlfriend Natalia and I love traveling and enjoy meeting and hosting new people.

We're also big theatergoers and see lots of BROADWAY (and Off-Broadway) shows, concerts, and dance performances.

**I'm able to get BIG DISCOUNTS on lots of shows and other events in the city so if you're interested in seeing something let me know and I'll see if I can hook you up! It's best to send me a 'friend request' via FACEBOOK so that we can chat there in real-time.**

My profile link is:

www.Facebook.com/MichaelRiegelmanNYC

(If you send me a friend request then also send me a short message via FB too so that I know who you are. Don't just send me a friend request without a message)

Check out this great short video by the NY Times jf you wanna see a bit about my neighborhood:

www.NYTimes.com/video/realestate/100000004221713/block-by-block-hells-kitchen.html

You should DEFINITELY check out and join both Groupon and LivingSocial. They are FREE to join and you can get some Amazing Local Deals there for restaurants, stores, tickets and other stuff that is usually at a 40% to 60% discount. Many smart 'New Yorkers' use these two websites. Plus, they aren't just for NYC. It's worldwide!

www.Groupon.com
www.LivingSocial.com

Also, check out both the NY Pass & the City Pass, as they offer fairly good deals.

www.NewYorkPass.com
www.CityPass.com/New-York

HOWEVER, you should know that entry to Many museums and other attractions in NYC are at a 'suggested donation'. What does that mean? It means that although the stated admission price might be as high as $25 or $30, it's 'suggested' - or 'pay what you wish'. Typically the sales person will not tell you this as of course they want you to pay the full price. You can literally give just $1 (that's what I do) whenever it's a 'suggested donation'. It's actually what most smart New Yorkers do. For more info on this click on the following two links

www.nyc-arts.org/collections/35/free-museum-days-or-pay-what-you-wish
www.nyc.gov/html/dcla/downloads/pdf/Website%20-%20Venues%20with%20Free%20or%20Suggested%20Admission%20August%202014.pdf

I'm also a freelance writer and big 'Yelper'. You can see some of my stuff at the following two links:

www.SociallySuperlative.com/author/Michael-R
www.Grindmaster.yelp.com

Natalia and I are also big thrifters, and co-run THRIFTAHOLICS (www.THRIFTAHOLICS.com). We know where the best cheap deals are for just about anything you'd want in NYC.

We also run NYC GRINDHOUSE (www.NYCGRINDHOUSE.com), which is a group of Horror and Grindhouse aficionados. It ain't for the squeamish...

I'm the Director of the NYC International Arabic Language & Culture Social Club (www.NYCALCC.com). I read, write, and speak Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan colloquial 'Darija' at an advanced intermediate level. My interest in it began while serving overseas as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. I'm highly honored to be the first non 'Moroccan of the Month' on Wafin.com (www.wafin.com/mom/67/index.phtml).

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I very much enjoy meeting people from other cultures and sharing in cultural exchange. I feel these experiences make me a more knowledgeable and well-rounded person.

I've hosted over 100 surfers since 2008 when I was first introduced to CS from my good friend Ken Londono. Every CS experience I've had has been wonderful - w/o exception. One good story that sticks in my mind is being thrown out of my favorite bar in Hell's Kitchen, Rudy's, with three Croatian woman who were surfing at my place. The story is too long to type here, but I'll tell you when I see you! As well, getting arrested in Central Park with three Australians, well, that's a winner too : ) FRIGHTENED, SCARED? Don't worry, you can ask the Aussies or Croats all about me!

Interests

I enjoy EVERYTHING and like trying new things. There's so much to do and try! My big interests include Bicycle Touring (Self-Contained), backpacking, hiking, rock-climbing, and bowling! I recently bowled a perfect game (300)! I like old 80s video games (No One on EARTH can beat me at Spy Hunter) and 70s music. Bring out the funk, Baby!

  • arts
  • culture
  • writing
  • concerts
  • dancing
  • cooking
  • running
  • clubbing
  • video games
  • traveling
  • socializing
  • music
  • hiking
  • backpacking
  • hunting
  • surfing
  • rock climbing
  • bowling
  • teaching
  • freelancing
  • volunteering

Music, Movies, and Books

Far too many to list here. Anything that has 'heart' in it, that has meaning, is creative and humorous.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I've bicycled across the USA twice and Europe once, as well as other smaller trips here in the States. I served two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer, one year with Habitat for Humanity, and worked as an Environmental Educator with the United States Peace Corps in Morocco. I worked with the United Nations here in NYC for five years. I'm currently working full-time at keeping my beautiful girlfriend Natalia happy : )

Teach, Learn, Share

I'm willing to give a few basic lessons in Arabic, a language and culture which I'm very passionate about.

What I Can Share with Hosts

As an experienced and well-traveled Couchsurfer [and host], I can share some fun and exciting stories, and teach you some dirty words in Arabic! I ain't a very good cook, but I'm damn good at washing dishes ; ) The biggest thing I can share with those that host me is that I can try and host them when they come visit NYC!

Countries I’ve Visited

Aruba, Austria, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Netherlands, Palestine, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Morocco, United States

Old School Badges

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