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I teach. Biology, Ecology, Anatomy and Physiology. I teach young people how to be real people that can hold real jobs build healthy families and contribute to society.
I have learned so much in the past few years. Teaching teenagers is a challenge to say the least but it has taught me so much about myself and humanity in general. Namely, I have learned that the thing I must have above all else is Faith. Faith in things you cannot see or even imagine. Faith in things that do not seem possible, but you believe to be true.
I am patriotic and I do not mean just for my country. A person should be patriotic about all the things he/she cares about: family, friends, causes...whatever gets you up in the morning. If you love something you should be willing to do anything for it. Why else love it?
Some things I love: cooking and the different cuisines from around the world; traveling anywhere, even out the back door; nature and activities associated with the outdoors like rock climbing, backpacking etc; getting thrown headfirst into different cultures.
I LOVE getting to know the things others are patriotic about too. There is just so much to this life that can only be learned from getting to know people different from yourself. That is why I love CS!
The question is not whether you are an optimist or a pessimist. The question is whether you are both a radical optimist and a radical pessimist. Can you hate the world enough to change it and yet love it enough to see it worth changing?
"The more transcendental is your patriotism, the more practical are your politics."
"If youâve got any education, it donât matter to you if youâre on the road for the rest of your life.â
âWell, Iâve found just the contrary,â I said. âIt seems to me that when you take a manâs money away heâs fit for nothing from that moment.â
âNo, not necessarily. If you set yourself to it, you can live the same life, rich or poor. You can still keep on with your books and ideas. You just got to say to yourself, âIâm a free man in here-â he tapped his forehead, â-and youâre all right.â
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Hosting and being hosted.
Some of the best of my life.
Surfed in Ireland and Wales and also around the West Coast of my own country. Hosted people from Western Europe and Eastern Asia.
1. Outside things. This includes, but is in no way limited to mountains and climbing them, rivers and fording them, lakes and swimming them, trails and following them, views and capturing them.
2. Making things. Cooking and beer brewing are definitely included in this. Really just any projects of the non-academic variety. Anything to keep my mind stimulated. I would love to build myself a log cabin one day...
3. Meeting new people. Especially those who are different from myself and who I can learn from. So pretty much everybody.
5. Open-air markets.
6. Micro-brewed beer and Jack Daniels Tennessee Whisky (I live a couple hours from the distillery)
10. Being challenged beyond my means.
Music, Movies, and Books
I read most everything. My favorite authors are Tolkien, Chesterton, Orwell, Lewis, and Robert Jordan. The Wheel of Time series is amazing. I love mysteries as well. Especially the Sherlock Holmes stories.
Music tastes come and go. I mostly stick to the rootsy stuff - whether mainstream or no. I like to be able to feel what the artist was feeling when they wrote the song.
Teach, Learn, Share
Things I have to contribute:
1. I LOVE to cook and have developed a sort of rag-tag skill in it. I'd love to cook with you or help you out in cooking up something delicious!
2. I've become fairly proficient in outdoor living. If it has to do with camping, navigating by maps, backpacking or rock climbing I'd love to pass on some know-how.
3. I can play the guitar and would love to help any beginner to get as much joy out of it as I have.
Things I'd love to learn:
1. New languages!
2. New cooking recipes or styles!
3. Any new sport of your country!
4. How to drive a manual on the left-hand side of the road!
Countries I’ve Visited
Belize, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Ireland, Malta, United States