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  • Fluent in English; learning Japanese, Russian, Spanish
  • 40, Other
  • Member since 2005
  • Photographer, cook, travelers, language enthusiast, art-l...
  • Bachelor of Science in Photography and in Spanish; Master...
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About Me

We are a young-ish married couple dedicated to travel, adventure, and meeting good people! Hubby (Jacob) is a baker at our local French bakery and loves culinary arts, the History Channel, Anthony Bourdain, GOOD beers, and sports-sports-sports! Wifey (Crystal) is a photographer and ESL teacher, and loves languages, art, photo booths, GOOD beers, and road trips! We're currently planted down in Lincoln, NE for awhile after a few years of living (and working) in Japan and Ukraine.

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[ukraine blog]

[japan blog]

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


First began with the Hospitality Club back in 2003, and have been a member of CouchSurfing since 2004! Amazing site! Have made a lot of memories and met a lot of kindred traveling spirits through it!


PHOTOGRAPHY, art, writing, playing guitar, organic eating and living, sidewalk chalk, languages, TRAVELING (been to 40 countries...lived in five of them), salsa dancing, photo booths, road tripping, road-side Americana, MEXICO, music, little cafes, painting, mud pies, feng shui, folk art and kitsch, lawn ornaments...preferably of the pink and feathered kind, beaches, THEME PARTIES, pottery, INFRARED FILM, dinner parties, wine and winery-seeking, people watching, brunch, truck stops, cooking, baking, craft beers and breweries, sports and fitness--life is so interesting!!!

  • arts
  • writing
  • photography
  • dancing
  • salsa dancing
  • cooking
  • wine
  • beer
  • baking
  • fitness
  • partying
  • clubbing
  • traveling
  • pottery
  • blogging
  • painting
  • music
  • guitar
  • sports
  • communications
  • teaching
  • history
  • languages
  • road trips
  • beaches

Music, Movies, and Books

MUSIC: We absolutely love everything! Seriously! Some of the genres you can find on our iTunes/Pandora: salsa, Northern Soul, Funk, Classic Rock, Rock, Pop, Rap, Classic Country & Western, Ethnic, World, Bluegrass, Electronica, Fusion, etc.

MOVIES: The Big Lebowski, Office Space, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Amelie, Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Frida, Motorcycle Diaries, Dumb and Dumber, Tommy Boy, The Wedding Singer, Billy Madison, SpongeBob

BOOKS: We have a lot of non-fiction (art, biography, travel, how-to) in our home, but Jacob reads a lot of fantasy and sci-fi as well.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Found 5,000 euros in cash in Venice and proceeded to use it for further frolicing around Europe...

Teach, Learn, Share

1. You have more in common with people from other states/countries/cultures than you think.

2. Letting go of your fears (the ones instilled in you by your parents and the media) is the first step in creating an awesome, active CouchSurfing community.

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Russian Federation, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Ukraine, United States

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