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Overview

  • 55 References 45 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning German, Hungarian, Russian
  • 38, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • masseur and student
  • some college
  • From Chicago, IL, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

survive and thrive!

ABOUT ME

Some people will only host you if you are willing to share, socialize, and communicate, and do not want to be treated like a hotel. At this point I am the opposite: I am a returning full-time student with a rigorous course schedule, and I am not very interested in socializing. I am very friendly and enjoy sharing meals, but beyond that I need a quiet study environment when I am home, and am usually not home. My boyfriend is much more free to socialize, but I will not take any offense if you are just looking for a place to crash, and I may ask you to be quiet while I am at home so that I can study.

I will only host pairs or groups if everyone has a profile. Please do not send me a request unless you share a profile with someone, or link to their profile.

I live with my boyfriend. His profile can be seen at:
https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/artificialdark

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I'm gregarious, compassionate, interested, politically left, social, driven. I believe that significant growth happens especially when we are willing to challenge ourselves and others in positive ways. I am a strong believer in community and try to foster community where I go. I am a masseur, dancer, activist, foodie, and accordionist. I enjoy finding creative and community-based ways of learning and teaching.

PHILOSOPHY

"To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget."
-Arundhati Roy

suits me for now

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I host when I can and humbly offer what I can to those I stay with. When staying for more than a couple nights, I gladly trade massage for housing! And I'm a pretty good cook!.

I support there being a little automatic carbon calculator next to all the countries we've visited, so that our carbon footprint can attenuate our bragging rights.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have hosted some, and been hosted by many. Finally able to share my home in the US to those coming through. If Donald Trump has targeted you, you are especially welcome in my house!

Interests

climate and environmental justice, economic justice, revolutionary theory, food, political organizing, natural building, craft, homemade music, reading, studying, playing, piano, accordion, circus arts, dance, herbs, permaculture, gardening, etc.

  • insects
  • arts
  • singing
  • beauty
  • dancing
  • dining
  • cooking
  • gardening
  • reading
  • juggling
  • music
  • piano
  • agriculture

Music, Movies, and Books

for later

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I walked from Illinois to Arizona and enjoy hopping freight trains. I eat insects and stand on my hands.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can juggle and do backflips, though I'm out of practice. I play piano and accordion and sing in two Slavic choirs, and love sharing music. I'm a decent cook. I know a bit about organic agriculture and gardening and plant identification. I love practicing what languages I know.

Learning- I am interested in many many topics, and I'm sure I can learn something from you.

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, England, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, Palestine, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine

Countries I’ve Lived In

Mexico, Turkey, United States

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