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Overview

  • 1 Reference 1 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English
  • 25, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Research Intern
  • Bachelors in Biochemistry
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

My name is Nick. I'm patient, outgoing, optimistic, and adventurous. If you're reading this before May 10th, I'm between jobs. If you're reading this on or after May 10th, I'm in Alaska working at a whitewater rafting company in Denali National Park. After the summer is up, I don't really know what is next. Something warm, I hope.

I don't really know what people expect to read in this section. I'm sort of an ambivert. I can keep myself entertained, but I love interacting with the people around me. I enjoy traveling vicariously through the stories of others. I'm open to pretty much anything. If you have any questions, you know what to do.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

Having friends all over the world is a powerful thing, and that's what I feel like I get out of Couchsurfing. Local meetups have introduced me to the most genuine, interesting, and vivacious people living in different cities, including right in my hometown.

When it comes to actual couchsurfing, I'm still a novice. I love sharing my home and community with people. I've also benefited greatly from the CS Language Exchange forum. I'm a cheap travel junkie. I've spent many hours researching the best value methods for getting from point A to point B, and C and D and E and so on. I don't want my accommodation budget to limit my travel, and I want to help others avoid this as well. Spend the money at the farmers market, a local business, or save it for your next trip. While I don't consider this to be the basis of the Couchsurfing community, it certainly is a perk!

Interests

I enjoy taking in eBooks on my tablet or computer, often while taking notes. I love learning, and I don't feel that I can fully digest the written word without writing some words myself. I'll listen to audio books when the circumstances are right. I've found YouTube to be home to some of the most passionate and creative individuals of my generation, and I love consuming the content of my peers. Cooking never gets old. I like organizing and learning practical skills. The ultimate way to explore is to go for a walk. I'm enamored by the architecture of big cities and derive a lot of inspiration from pounding their pavement. In contrast, nothing beats the meditative force of immersion in nature.

  • cooking
  • technology
  • science

Music, Movies, and Books

I absolutely love music and books. I'm always obsessing over new artists, but some of my staples include Brandi Carlile, Leonard Cohen, Jay-Z, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ingrid Michaelson, Tom Petty, Wheezer, Andrew Bird, Wild Reeds, Trampled by Turtles, Bon Iver, Sylvan Esso, Norah Jones, Avett Brothers, Blink 182, Daniel Johnston, Death Cab for Cutie, DeVotchKa, First Aid Kit, Connor Oberst, Julieta Venegas, Modest Mouse, Tallest Man on Earth, Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lykke Li, Memphis Bleek, MGMT, and Regina Spektor. I'm a huge fan of female vocalists, anything indie, rap, folk, and classic rock. Saint Paul's 89.3 The Current puts all other music radio stations to shame. The DJ's at The Current have introduced me to many of my favorite artists.

My taste in books and movies is a little all over the place. I read a lot of non-fiction. Classics like Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto and Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations are some of my favorites. I've also enjoyed some novels like The Brothers Karamasov by Dostoyevsky, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I'm always looking for good suggestions on what to read next. When it comes to movies, I like anything. It's more about the relaxation for me.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I've hosted several Couchsurfing meetups that involved me and at least one other person. That's an accomplishment where I'm from.

What I Can Share with Hosts

General labor. I sincerely appreciate hosts that allow me an opportunity to pitch in, be it cleaning dishes or working on a project. I'm happy to help however I can.

I might also have a few stories to share.

Countries I’ve Visited

Mexico, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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