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Paul Kuhne

Somerville, MA, United States

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Overview

  • 30 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English, Spanish, Spanish
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Community and Cultural Liaison
  • A combination of public education, p...
  • From Albany, New York, United States
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

I've always loved to stir the pot with everyone, leaving them either inspired or offended. As my life's experiences grow to affect more people, I'm gonna keep brewin one mean and provocative stew!

ABOUT ME

Check out my E-Harmony.com, match.com and j-date.com profiles because they guard some of my deepest secrets. Which goosebumps book has changed my life the most? What kind of uggs boots make me feel sexy? Where is bat boy currently?

Bottom line: Humor is the nectar of life.

Plus I currently work at Hostelling International Boston, where I act as their Community Liaison and ensure that the community around our hostel learns more about hostelling to build cross-cultural dialogue. I believe Mark Twain said that "Travel is fatal to prejudice", and that couldn't be more true.

PHILOSOPHY

They say if you take the red pill, you're free from the false reality of the matrix and can finally awaken to the shocking truth that surrounds us. But if you opt to take the blue pill, you continue to naively live in a state of blissful ignorance, unaware of the matrix. Personally, I know a jellybean when I see one, so whether cherry or blueberry, make life sweet and fulfilling.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I participate in the CS project simply by being a part of couchsurfing and welcoming everyone and anyone into my world.

Since I've started, I've hosted people from across the world, ranging from Michigan to Belgium, but each one making my different residences feel more like home. I also did some couchsurfing in London which again reaffirmed my belief in the inherent kindness of humanity...or at least Londoners, dispelling the "Everybody is Jack the Ripper" argument I thought was the norm.

In the end, I think much of traveling and seeing new places is about meeting interesting and eccentric characters. These individuals make any traveling experience that much more entertaining and fulfilling because you always have the fortune of sharing stories and personal struggles without restraint or inhibition. In that way, we all participate in some way or other in the CS project.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Throughout my life I have had a number of informal couchsurfing experiences that have saved my behind on several occasions. From sleeping on luxoriously filthy mattresses in partially built domiciles in Venezuela where dogs sniffed me to make sure I was alive, to passing out on my friends loveseat in Montreal, I would say that I was always down with the cause even before my first official couchsurfing experience.

I've been couchsurfing in the UK in London, San Francisco and in New Haven, and had a great time in each. In London, a kind gentleman named Ian who showed me a ton of London including the lovely "erotic gerkin" and ended with some serious debauchery with a one Neil Sullivan of the likes I've never really experienced before. San Francisco was unforgettable and thanks to our host Anna, I could not be more pleased. New Haven was all about the mash potato pizza...'nuff said.

Interests

Traveling, Globalizing myself, Fresh perspectives, Reading, Deep thought, facetious quips of the humorous persuasion, listening to music, laughing, skateboarding, tennis, drawing, biking on slenderita blendini, lopping chinese tallow, freestyling, snowboarding, getting furious at conservative commentators, scrabble (in both english and spanish), chess, stand up comedy, gaining new skills

Music, Movies & Books

Waking Life, Princess Mononoke, Stand By Me, Shawshank Redemption, Bubba Ho-Tep, V for Vendetta, Manchurian Candidate, Fear of a Black Hat, Anything with Steven Seagal but especially Urban Justice

Hip-hop, Soul, Mo-town, classic rock, jazz, mariah carey and anything else that has a funky & fresh sound. I've even got a hip-hop blog: http://insteadyrotation.wordpress.com/.

In Cold Blood, Bonfire of the Vanities, the Quiet American, The Road, Kiterunner, Peoples History of the United States, The Stranger, I Wouldn't Start From Here: The 21st Century and Where It All Went Wrong*

*All People Who Travel and Have a Penchant for Internationalism Should Read This

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I walked across the Perito-Moreno glacier in Argentina with my compadre J. Althouse...with crampons over our sneakers!

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach the Spanish language from an eighth grade perspective using spongebob flashcards and tell you all about a gringo's adventures in Bolivarian Venezuela.

I can teach the art of cooking a true traditional french omelette as learned from old man kuhne, my beloved father.

Oh yea and when making carrot cake the secret ingredient is canned pineapple.

I can teach you how to tie a bowtie...thank you Monopoly Man Halloween costume.

There's a lot of things I would like to learn at this moment. On one hand the poetic call of the piano still tickles my soul with intrigue. Maybe I just want to branch out beyond "Moonlight Sonata" and "chopsticks".

But mainly I want to learn double dutch. How the hell do you do that?

Countries I've Visited

Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Malawi, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, United Republic of, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Countries I've Lived In

Argentina, United States

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