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Overview

  • 19 references 15 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning Arabic (North Levantine)
  • 36, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • International Development Consultant
  • No education listed
  • From Greensboro, NC
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

DC & the world

ABOUT ME

I work for a social impact strategy consulting firm on international development projects, based in DC. Have couchsurfed quite a bit and loved it!

PHILOSOPHY

That rug really tied the room together.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Most of my activity came during two years living in Jordan giving people a place to rest their feet as they transited between Petra and Israel or Egypt, and also staying with others as I traveled through the Middle East with my girlfriend.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Hosting people in Aqaba and surfing all around the Middle East, mostly. I hosted great people from all over the world, and surfed in Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Turkey. I recently also surfed in Serbia. The highlight was probably surfing with three different people in three different parts of Istanbul in one trip, which gave me an incredible range of perspectives on the city.

I took some time settling into D.C., but am looking to get back involved with CS.

Interests

Unintended consequences

  • surfing

Music, Movies, and Books

Dave Eggers, pop econ and psych, int'l affairs lit. Right now for a favorite I'd have to say A Confederacy of Dunces.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I tried to eat 20 tacos in one sitting while in high school and almost succeeded.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bolivia, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay

Countries I’ve Lived In

Jordan, Mexico, United States

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