Sam Siegel

Austin, Texas, United States

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  • Fluent in English, German; learning Hebrew (modern), Spanish
  • 27, Male
  • Member since 2008
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  • I'm in a masters program at UT Austin
  • From Raquette Lake, NY
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About Me


stir it up, little darlin'


An east coast kid, I've been living in the Bay Area for almost a year. I miss my Adirondack Mountains and the concrete jungle of New York City, but Oakland -and SF- have been a blast! From Tahoe to Yosemite to Santa Cruz, I've been making the most of my time out here and I've really grown to love this place. I'm in for a big shake-up though, starting grad school in the fall and not sure where I'm headed yet. I'll be studying urban planning and hopefully working with groups in the global south and/or indigenous groups here in North America.

"I'm large and contain multitudes." I grew up in the suburbs, in a religious Jewish household. I moved to NYC and started a grand experiment of self-discovery. Pretty sure that journey is the destination, and I'm enjoying the ride! I try not to put myself in boxes, but gay atheist lush partier couch potato city-boy/mountain-man begins to describe me.


Don't worry!

I think a person's success should be measured on how many people can call him a close friend.

“In all people I see myself, none more and not one a barleycorn less/and the good or bad I say of myself I say of them”

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I think the best way I've been able to participate so far is just by spreading the gospel. I'm doing my best to stay engaged; it all comes down to community, right?


My first experience was being hosted by Janis and Elina in Latvia, and I met up with a few people while living in Berlin. In the States, I have stayed at Jack's place in the Adirondacks, with Scotty in Tennessee, Alejandro in Miami, NJ and George in Savannah. The list is ever-growing. I have done a lot of traveling and I feel that meeting locals is crucial to understanding a culture. In the future I hope to use CouchSurfing to find local people to stay with and really experience the places I visit.


Travel (obviously), Urban Planning, Music: absolutely all kinds from Brahms to Biggie, Historic Preservation, German Culture and History, Art and Architecture, Nightlife, Judaism, Ethnic Food, Berlin, Gender and Sexuality, Comparative Literature, Alcoholic Beverages, Mountains and Lakes, Israel and the Middle East, Politics, Urban/Organic Farming, Cafes and Pubs, the Adirondacks, the Ocean, New York City

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Speed 2, Empire Records, Das Leben der Anderen, Goodbye Lenin, all of Wes Anderson's films, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus, L'Auberge Espagnole, Singin' in the Rain, Children of Men, SLC Punk, Rhinestone

Music: Iron & Wine, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga, Rilo Kiley, Sufjan Stevens, Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show, Guster, Feist, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, The National, Neko Case, Yelle, Joanna Newsom, The Decemberists, Regina Spektor, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, La Roux, John Denver, Indigo Girls, Aimee Mann, Alanis Morissette, Jay-Z, M.I.A., Death Cab for Cutie, Great Big Sea, Buena Vista Social Club, Grateful Dead, Peter Fox, Mountain Man, Manu Chao, José González, Simon & Garfunkel, Heart, Dan Berggren, The Ting Tings, Dar Williams, Ke$ha, Juanes, Little Big Town, James Taylor, Paul Simon, The Shins, The Mamas & The Papas, Gill Landry, Bedouin Soundclash.

Books: Brian Ladd social commentaries, Tennessee Williams plays, The Beginning and the End, One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Stranger, The Shipping News, Into the Wild, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Teach, Learn, Share

I love this concept. More later.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Poland, Switzerland, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Germany, United States

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