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To raise awareness for Children of Africa foundation by riding my bike from Tanzania to South Africa
Founded Children of Africa as a cause, for the sole purpose of empowering Africans in Rural Communities by linking them to the outside world via social media and the internet, by collaborating with local schools, medical clinics, orphanages, charities and NGO's in developing African nations.
If nothing else, be kind.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I ride my bicycle between villages and towns throughout Africa collecting gps and social media data regarding; hospitals, clinics, orphanages, charities, NGO programs. Supply technical support for people to long on to social media programs i.e. facebook, twitter, google
The first time I heard about couch surfers...
I was living in the U.S. Virgin Islands, working as a Gemologist, for a large Diamond Wholesale/Retail company. I had some personal issues to deal with back in the states regarding a future ex-girlfriend and decided to take a stand-by flight on Delta and make my way back to Montana to keep her from being my ex just yet.
It was a Wednesday and St. Thomas only has one afternoon flight and I practically had to beg to get the last middle seat on the plane to Puerto Rico, sandwiched between two of the biggest black guys from Atlanta I've ever seen. They were cool and let me put the arm rests up. It was actually the most comfortable ride I've ever been on with Delta, my isle and window seated companions acting as a Lazy Boy sofa and with a little recline and a movie, we got off the island.
When we landed in San Juan, there weren't any flights leaving until the morning. I walked to the airport hotel with a guy from the armed forces who was returning from duty and just wanted to get some shut-eye before taking a flight back to Brooklyn the next day. The room was too expensive for a single and I offered to share the cost. The soldier, battle weary I'm sure, didn't take to the idea and without hemming too much I lifted my kit and skipped it to the taxi stand, hoping to find any foreign diplomats walking the "embarkado" and the crazy chance that one of them might be thinking the same thing I was, "Get the hell off the street before dark."
It was funny, I remember immediately making eyes with this curious disheveled looking bloke, I picked for a Brit, who picked me for a Yank. I pulled my phone from my pocket to show him I had one, figuring that, if the guy was coming from the UK or somewhere else, that he wouldn't most likely have cell service to make a phone call. I walked past the fellow again and sure enough he hit me up to make a phone call.
"Of course," I told him. "I'm looking for a way out of this place as well."
It turns out, the fellow had been travelling around the world making a documentary about his "couch surfing" experience in over 27 different countries. Left his job when his old man passed and took a bit of the money after taking care of mum and just decided to go and get it done.
"Probably, the man who is picking me up now," he said, explaining what a couch surfer was, "would let me stay for the night or for long enough to watch the Redwings play the Black Hawks at a local taco shop near his house, as he was already hosting two French girls and the chances are that it would be ok were fantastic."
I hit the winning ticket when the man showed up and took us to his house, offered me the couch and also a ride to the airport at 4:00 in the morning.
I had been trying to get serious :) in my life after travelling for many years as my grandmother used to say, "You can always get by on your good looks and charm." To which my father always assured me I could not and that I'd better get my act together.
Just the idea of Couch Surfers, at that moment, would help change my whole direction and the thought of once again reaching out to my global family has set me on this mission through Africa. I will need your help.
- military science
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Live in Africa
Teach, Learn, Share
I am an author and an artist and enjoy meeting and spending time with people who find inspiration in life
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Bahamas, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Cayman Islands, Czech Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Germany, Honduras, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, Rwanda, San Marino, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Virgin Islands, British, Virgin Islands, U.S., Zambia, Zimbabwe
Countries I’ve Lived In