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  • 6 References 4 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese (Simplified)
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2014
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • From Denver, CO, USA
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About Me

I am basically like every other traveler backpacker on CS. Love to see the world, experience different cultures and learn other languages.
I try to upkeep my Chinese languages skills through various methods (movies, applications, etc.). Coming from Colorado I am an avid skier and was certified to dive in Bali, so those are my two extremes in sports. I enjoy a hike here and there but I plan to do my first multi-trek hike in New Zealand and I would eventually like to attempt this in Nepal.
On a more relaxed level I enjoy an abundance of drama series and reading. I am currently reading The Poisonwood Bible. If you can share any books that you read that would be great! I mostly read fiction, but am trying to branch out into other genres.
In the fall of 2017, I will be going back to Colorado to complete a degree in Geographic Information Systems.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

The best way to experience a country is to meet the locals. While hostels certainly expose you to different cultures and people around the world there's still a fair share of the party people and wild ones that I am not to keen on being around. This gives a much more comfortable and enjoyable experience while traveling. Sam and I just started Couchsurfing in Malaysia right before we came to New Zealand and it made our time much more enjoyable and different from places where we simply stayed in a hostel. I am also a more 1 on 1 type of person, than a group person (Sam is fairly similar), though it is not as if we are anti-social.


I love learning languages and wish I could find the time to learn more (or master the ones I have a basic understanding). Anime helps with to upkeep my Japanese language skills. Sam has introduced me to the world of board games, and so we try to attend "Board game Meet-Ups."
I do like work out classes well, and when I get back into "the routine" try to attend yoga and Pilates classes.

  • fitness
  • anime
  • traveling
  • anthropology
  • languages
  • china

Music, Movies, and Books

My favorite author is Margaret Atwood. I adore all her books but the one I love most is Cat's Eye. My other favorite books include Elegance of the Hedgehog, The Miniaturist and The Hours.
I don't watch a lot of movies but I do like Chinese martial arts movies such as House of Flying Daggers, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon...
I am not digging Lady Gaga's newest album Joanne so much but she would be my favorite artist when it comes to music. I also like Metric and the Killers.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I've been to the Great Barrier Reef! I was lucky to be on a 3 day live aboard boat while diving the reef. Such an awesome experience and one that I think all travelers should have when in the area.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can help with English conversation if English is not your first language. I would like to learn more Chinese if it is spoken by the host.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I have travel size games that are really fun. Sam can cook up a mean Vietnamese dish.

Countries I’ve Visited

Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, United States

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