Rory Philstrom

Stanley, ND, United States

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About Me


To rediscover my purpose in a new place.


I've done a lot so far in life and could be described in many ways. I intentionally lived below the poverty line for a year in Chicago. I was a national organizer for the student Fair Trade movement for 3 years and have spent time with small scale coffee and banana producers. I have slept on the streets of DC, and not because I wanted to. I have climbed mountains and camped in the middle of a dune field. I've learned to play a bit of fiddle. I've bicycled around New Zealand's North Island.

I'm pretty easy going, but I do have high standards for two things in life: my music and my coffee. I also have a special interest in both ritual and interfaith relationships.


I'll do this through quotes - 3 of em.

"God gives you the nut, but does not crack it."

"Nothing is as important as friends, not food, shelter, work, or even language."

"There is no them. There are only facets of us."

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I do what I can when I can.


I was able to host a few people every now and then at my place in Chicago. A few years ago I surfed through Australia and New Zealand for a month and a half. CouchSurfing filled me with constant awe.


Live music, Random moments of beauty, Sleeping in hammocks, Throwing darts, Gardening, Home Brewing Beer & Mead, Cooking and sharing food, Cornhusker football, Strategy Games, Authenticity.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I circumambulated the Potala Palace with hundreds of other Tibetan pilgrims.

Teach, Learn, Share

I know a good number of fiddle tunes and am always out to teach them or learn some more.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, China, Nicaragua, Tonga

Countries I’ve Lived In

New Zealand, United States

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