Darren Lillian

Plainview, NY, United States

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About Me

I currently live in Plainview Long Island. My formal education is in Science and Medicine and my work experience is primarily in non-profit/human services.

I have lots of interests including learning Spanish and Portuguese, Astronomy, Economics, Anthropology, Literature to name a few. I am always learning something new and try to keep my mind as sharp as I can.

I currently work in a company that helps people with traumatic brain injury.
My favorite part of the job is the teaching aspect of it. I instruct clients on topics of interest such as astronomy, taxonomy, evolution, linguistics and others. We also play games that are meant to increase vocabulary and reading skills. I also help run the computer room where clients get to make use of cognitive rehabilitating software.

I have done a significant amount of traveling I believe. I lived in the Carribean on the island of Dominica for two years while I attended medical school there.
I have also lived in Maryland, Chicago, Miami, and New Jersey.
I have traveled to about twenty states and more than a dozen countries.
My last trip was to Brazil where I visited Sao Paolo, Rio, and Salvadore. It was nice to get to practice my Portuguese with locals.

Some of my life goals are becoming fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, learning to play the Cello, teaching English acnd working in Orphanages in South America and of course fulfilling the travel buck list.

The list includes: Scandinavia (Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Helsinki),
Alaska, Pacific Northwest United States, Northeast Brazil (and of course Foz do Iguacu), Columbia, Honduras, Portugal, Spain, Mozambique and Angola.

I would like to study Spanish in Columbia and Honduras for a few weeks (hopefully longer).

I might not get to accomplish all this, but its better to want to much than to little.

I would also like to someday do and International MBA program in South America.

I do lots of fun activities in New York City. I use Meetup.com a lot to find events to go to where I meet all sorts of interesting people. I also like to do walking tours with Municipal Arts Society or Free Walking Tours.

New York is the awesomest city in the entire country and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. There is always so much to do and it never gets boring.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I was heavily involved in the Chicago C.S. community about five years ago.
I haven't done much with New York C.S. and have focused more on Meetup.com.
But I am looking forward to meeting some locals and travelers in New York on C.S. soon.

I think C.S. is a great resource both socially and professionally.


Spanish, Portuguese, Astronomy, Cosmology, Linguistics, Anthropology, Paleontology, Paleoanthropology, literature and the Klingon Language.

Music, Movies, and Books

Heavy Metal was imprinted on my psyche as an adolescent.
But I always like to explore new artists. I am currently listening to Hozier, Willie Dixon, Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, and Jefferson Starship.

I really like the Cello. Someday I hope to take lessons and to become a decent Cello player. I would also like to get a Karaoke machine and sing songs in my basement.

Having recorded an "album" in '99 on a twin tape deck Karaoke machine, I digitized it several years ago and am hoping to post it on Youtube sometime.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

When I was a medical student I saw an emergency Aortic replacemnt. Unfortunatly the patient died afterwards. I scrubbed in on lots of cool surgeries.

I have seen lots of cities including Lisbon, Prague, Berlin, London, Paris, Antigua, Merida, Montreal, and many others. I have traveled to many small towns in Central America. I have also been to quite a few places in the United States.

Teach, Learn, Share

I dabble in lots of areas and love having interesting conversations with people on various topics

Countries I’ve Visited

Brazil, Czech Republic, Dominica, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In


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