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  • 35 References 29 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning German
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Bartender
  • B.A. in Theater and English from St. Olaf College
  • From New Ulm, MN
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About Me


Surf SE Asia


I travel when I can and work when I have to. I've been bartending in New York the past few years, and quit my job and moved out of the city to hit the road again. I am very relaxed and laid-back, and a generally agreeable person who is always able to go with the flow. I love meeting new people and seeing new things--really I just love learning. I could read all day, every day if I had the time, and could talk about books for hours. I also love music--I play drums and mess around a little on the guitar. I like listening to music and going to shows, hanging out or having a drink with friends.


The genetic odds against you even existing are astronomical--you won the lottery just by being born. Don't complain about your life.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Only surfing so far, but have had only positive experiences. Can't wait to host when I get back home!


I surfed from Iceland to Turkey in 2010-2011, and had the time of my life. Best host I had was Bendik in Bucharest, Romania--I will never forget that week. And he just hosted my brother a couple months ago after 3 years! What a guy.


theater, classic literature, sci-fi movies, biking, camping, philosophy, wikipedia, second-hand clothing, time travel, the technological singularity

  • books
  • literature
  • theater
  • drinking
  • clothing
  • movies
  • chess
  • traveling
  • music
  • guitar
  • drums
  • cycling
  • camping
  • surfing
  • mountains

Music, Movies, and Books

Life's three essentials...

In my opinion, the greatest movie ever made is "The Empire Strikes Back".
Favorite Directors: Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Darren Aronofsky, Christopher Nolan and Terry Gilliam.

A few of my all-time favorite bands are Bright Eyes, Sigur Ros, and Radiohead.

All-time favorite book: The Lord of the Rings. Favorite writers include Kurt Vonnegut, J.D. Salinger, Hermann Hesse and Franz Kafka.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

During my first surf in Iceland, I saw glaciers and geysers, hot springs and waterfalls, mountains and volcanos--and a week-long protest outside the capitol with the biggest fires I've ever seen.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you how to play drums or chess.
Or how to do the water-drop sound by flicking your cheek with your finger.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Mexico, Netherlands, Slovakia, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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