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Be a world citizen and experience all I can while making life-long friends in the process!
I'm an adventurous and open-minded person and a world citizen. Want to try everything once before I die. Lifelong dream is to go to Antarctica and to make it to space. I used to work in the United Nations (International Labour Organization) and it allowed me to travel extensively through Europe and the Middle East, but now I'm living back in the U.S. I recently graduated from BYU in Utah and now live in San Jose, California. Family lives in Calgary, Alberta.
"I am not born for one corner; the whole world is my native land." "Language is no bar to the union of hearts." These are "personal" philosophies borrowed from my friends Lucio Anneo Seneca
and Mohandas K. Gandhi, respectively.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I have now CouchSurfed in Athens, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Haifa, Belfast, Rome, Budapest, Kiev, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Warsaw, Krakow, Vienna, and many more, and I only have positive things to say!!
TRAVEL, Languages, Martial Arts (Capoeira and Tae Kwondo), Music (guitar, harmonica, singing), Photography, Writing Poetry, Hiking/Camping, Basketball
- bungee jumping
- martial arts
- emergency services
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: Dave Matthews Band, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Natalie Merchant, Collective Soul, Mana, Shakira, Tom Jobim, Terra Samba, Francis Cabrel, Antonio Vivaldi
Movies: Historical (Braveheart, Rob Roy, Last of the Mohicans, etc.) Adventure/Sci-Fi (Indiana Jones, Star Wars, The Matrix, Constantine, etc.)
Books: All sorts, especially religious and philosophical
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Went skydiving in Texas and California and whitewater kayaking in the Canadian Rockies. I ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain during the Sanfermines festival and bungee jumped in Oregon. I've hiked Machu Picchu and explored Petra. Seen the Great Wall in China and circled the ring road of Iceland. I also made world news by helping the Neapolitan police get some thieves thrown in jail. Google "Matthew Godfrey, Naples" if you want to read my story...
Teach, Learn, Share
I can certainly teach a thing or two about Romance languages, Capoeira, and the guitar.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Austria, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, Switzerland, United States