Scott Partenheimer

Collingswood, NJ, USA

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About Me


Figure out my future


Hi, I'm Scott. I'm a friendly, laid back kind of guy who is generally happy to go with the flow. I enjoy strong drinks and tall tales and, like many people on CS, I'm slightly obsessed with travel. I spend my days hanging out with teenagers, trying to teach them the intricacies of the German language, and have my summers free to explore other passions which include running and writing.


I live to fill my life with amazing experiences so that I may someday retire on the richness of my memories.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I joined couch surfing way back in 2006 when I was single and still living with my dad. My dad and I hosted a lot, and I used the site to surf across America in 2007. In the ensuing years I moved out from my dad's place, got married, had my first child, and throughout it all I continued to host and surf as time and conditions allowed. I find staying with strangers on the road an incredibly humbling experience, and love to pay it forward when strangers come to my own home.


Top ten interests, in no particular order:

1. Travel
2. Beer
3. Theater (both acting in and seeing shows)
4. Writing
5. Photography
6. Marathons
7. Nudism
8. Movies
9. The Great Outdoors (hiking, camping, etc.)
10. Vigilante Justice

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: I love movies and watch a lot of them. Top 5 films? Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Blues Brothers, Wet Hot American Summer, Goodbye Lenin, and The Big Lebowski.

Music: All kinds of stuff. A lot of classic rock, with a little bit of top 40, alt country and indie thrown into the mix.

Books: I read a lot of travel literature. Anthologies and travelogues alike. I love anything by Bill Bryson. I also like mid 20th century literature, like Slaughterhouse Five, Lolita, The Catcher in the Rye, to name a few.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Life is amazing. Let's start with three amazing things:

Summer 2007 = The Great American Roadtrip. Coast to coast, border to border. 10,000 miles. 24 states. All solo. If you'd like to read about it, head over to

Summer 2008 = Mongol Rally. England to Mongolia in a 1991 Nissan Micra bought for $340 on Ebay. All for charity. Read about our adventure on

Fall 2010: ran the Philadelphia Marathon and qualified for Boston. Watch my training video here:

Teach, Learn, Share

I bought a chess board in Poland 15 years ago and have been trying to improve ever since. Anyone who can teach me how to become a better player would be much appreciated!

I teach high school level German, so I can teach you just about anything you need to know about the German language. I've also run 11 marathons with a 3:03 PR, so I could probably teach you a little about the art of marathoning.

I'm all about sharing travel stories.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Germany, United States

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