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Nik Gervae

San Francisco, CA, United States

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Overview

  • 45 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Finnish, French, German
  • 47, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Unemployed
  • B.S. in Linguistics & Computer Science
  • From Upper Peninsula of Michigan
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Shine brightly

ABOUT ME

Hei Suomalaiset! Olen Suomessa elokuussa. Jos nähdet tätä viestiä, kirjoita mulla, ehkä voimme tavata.

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I cannot host right now! People seem to be missing the big UNAVAILABLE on my couch info to the left, so I shall put it here. :-)

Feel free to write if you would like to meet up though; I love to meet people and show them around.

Also, because San Francisco is hell to find hosts in, I do suggest you try Berkeley and Oakland. It's easy to get across the bay via BART and both cities are cool to stay in.

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I am something of an urban monk. I live simply and quietly by myself in a busy city, reading and doing yoga. I'm a strict vegetarian (vegan), I don't smoke or drink, not even coffee, and I generally try to be kind to my environment. I've never been much of an extravert, in that I avoid loud, crowded scenes, but I enjoy meeting new people for conversation and just hanging out. My favorite thing to do is go out for dinner, whether alone or with a couple of friends; I also go to indie theaters sometimes (film & plays).

I got a B.S. in Linguistics & Computer Science in 1991, which led to a career as a technical writer and software engineer up to 2011. I am now taking some time off to pursue personal interests, particularly yoga, but whatever else might strike my fancy. On the list are: outdoors skills, sign language, and maybe sailing.

I'm also a gamer geek. I have a small collection of board games, which I play far less often than I would like, and a big collection of role-playing games, which I also play far less often than I would like. I even used to go LARPing in the woods (look it up).

I spent the whole month of July 2008 in Finland, where I got some practice with the language, traveled around (maybe more than I should have), met a whole lot of great people from CouchSurfing and otherwise, and even found my long-lost Finnish relatives in Pohjanmaa!

PHILOSOPHY

Pretty much live & let live. Seek out interesting things to see & do. Push my boundaries, however gently.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I've hosted people and stayed with people. It's been great fun so far.

As a Host
I try to make time on weekends and evenings to show my guests around. If you like to go out on your own, though, that's fine too! I have a car and can take you to the Golden Gate Bridge or up to Twin Peaks, the tallest hill in the middle of the city, or maybe even someplace farther away. Just ask!

As a Guest
I make sure I don't take up much space, and I keep my things packed together. I don't smoke or drink, and I don't stay out late without letting my hosts know. I'm not much of a partier, but I enjoy good conversation and company. I'm just as comfortable being quiet, though.

I am very independent in terms of going out and finding things on my own, but I have to admit that I always have a rough first day after a long voyage. :-) I may just crash for a few hours while I recover.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Hosting
I've had a few borderline incidents with guests but no negative experiences. I don't host as much as I might like, but it turns out I need recovery time every few months no matter how nice the company.

Surfing: 2008
I stayed with folks while travling in Finland, and was for the most part it was COMPLETELY AWESOME. I used to hate to travel, because I never really got to know anybody. On this trip I made friends everywhere I went.

Also, I found my long-lost relatives in Finland with the kind help of surfer Sanna Tukia. Thanks so much!

Surfing: 2009
I only surfed on one trip in 2009, to Paris. Searching for a couch seems to be more difficult now. There are so many hosts to write, and there's no way to screen for availalbility by date to avoid writing someone who's already booked. I think CS needs to improve its search function by a lot to make it easier for both surfers and hosts.

The one host I actually managed to stay with while in Paris was very nice.

The community stuff is in better shape, but I've been too busy at work to participate much on that front. I'll be trying to make time to contrible more there, so we'll see.

Interests

Currently I spend most of my time studying the Feldenkrais Method and aikido. I am about to resume some language studies too.

Language, travel (trying to!), good film, vegan/natural foods, Thai & Indian food, gaming. Hope to fit indoor rock-climbing back into my schedule someday.

Music, Movies & Books

I mostly read books on somatic theory and methodologies.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Hm. One morning when I was a teenager I hopped on my bike and rode 55 miles through the hilly woods to the nearest city. No training or anything, I just rode on up. Made it halfway back too, before a friend of my parents passed me, pulled over, and insisted I get in the car. :-)

Teach, Learn, Share

Language is one of my major interests, and I'd be happy to share the handful of langauges I'm good at.

I live in a pretty cool city and can show you around, or at least point you toward things you might like that aren't on tourist maps. If I don't know about something, my friends will!

Misc things:
• I know where most of the vegetarian restaurants are, and several of the good Indian & Thai places. Also, if I don't know about it myself, I can find out about it; San Francisco is a great foodie town in general.
• I know a number of good used bookshops.
• The Castro is the big gay center of the city, but there are other areas to check out, such as SoMa (South of Market, where most of the dance clubs are) and Polk Gulch (smaller clubs & bars). I can fill you in on major queer events or find out for you.
• The Haight has a lot of interesting shopping, lots of counterculture & scenester stuff going on.
• Several neighborhoods have weekend street fairs: The Castro, The Haight, SoMa/Folsom, and more. The Folsom Street Fair is all about kinky sex, but most of the others are about crafts, music, & food.
• There's some great hiking to do inside San Francisco and not too far outside. The Marin Headlands has a great view of the city from across the Golden Gate Bridge.

There's tons more, of course. If there's anything in particular you'd like to ask about, send me a message!

Countries I've Visited

Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Sweden, Thailand

Countries I've Lived In

France, United States

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