Michael Kim Jamal Riegelman

New York, NY, USA

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About Me

In my spare time, I'm the Director of the NYC & Washington DC International Arabic Language & Culture Social Clubs (www.NYCALCC.com). I read, write, and speak Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan colloquial 'Darija' to an advanced intermediate level. My interest in this began when I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. I'm also honored to be the first non 'Moroccan of the Month' on Wafin.com (www.wafin.com/mom/67/index.phtml).

My girlfriend Natalia and I also run NYC GRINDHOUSE (www.NYCGRINDHOUSE.com) - which is a group of Horror and Grindhouse aficionados. It ain't for the squeamish...

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


To Live, Laugh, and LOVE!! : )


Do onto others as you would want done onto you. What comes around, goes around. Good deeds are rewarded. Don't put off for tomorrow what you could do today! Don't be a DICK!

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!


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!

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

Well, as an Experienced and well-traveled Couchsurfer and Host myself, I could share some fun and exciting stories, and teach some dirty words to you in Arabic! I ain't a very good cook, but I'm damn good at washing dishes ; )

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

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