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To memorize the entire Big Lebowski AND see EVERY country in the world.
UPDATE: After a year of planning and saving, I'm backpacking around the world indefinitely! I'm very excited and want YOU to be a part of it. I choose my requests carefully. I want to meet YOU!
Update: Still going strong!
I've learned so many beautiful lessons...most importantly...the world is GOOD!
I want to learn about you and your life. I'll play the guitar, you bring your voice. I'm self sufficient, but would love to spend time with you and your friends! I take great pride in being respectful of people's places, cleaning up after myself and being courteous to my hosts.
I'm very talkative and outgoing. I can go out with the best, but can also spend a quiet evening at home. I love intelligent conversation and exploring the city by night.
I'm most certainly likely to be "Yes Man". Would you like to go the beach? Yes! Would you like to climb that mountain? Yes! Would you like to try this dish? Yes!
I'm very respectful, clean, talkative, excitable, and inquisitive. I have a strong desire to learn new things, try new foods and broaden my perspective.
"What would you do if you weren't afraid?" excerpt from "Who moved my cheese?"
"'What do you do for recreation?' 'Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback.'" The Dude
"It is while we are young that the habit of industry is formed. If not then, it never is afterwards. The fortune of our lives, therefore, depends on employing well the short period of youth. If at any moment, my dear, you catch yourself in idleness, start from it as you would from the precipice of a gulf." Thomas Jefferson
"Nie wieder Berlin!" Eurotrip
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
By not being a typical tourist, planning events, hosting parties and spreading the good word.
Russia to Germany 2008
Ukraine to Croatia 2009
Here, there, and everywhere in KC. My roommate and I hosted 200+ surfers over a couple summers.
Southeast Asia 2010
Eurotrip V 2011
World Tour 2015-2016
Baseball, trying new beer, acoustic guitar, meditation, Indian food, stand-up comedy, tennis, summer walks, winter air, kebab, backpacking, parks, train rides, old horror movies, Finnish countryside, and yoga.
While I'm the U.S., I want to visit every ballpark! I love baseball and think a night out at the park is the perfect evening.
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: The Strokes, Paolo Nutini, Sigur Ros, Mississippi John Hurt, David Bowie, John Mayer, The Kooks, Ray LaMontagne, Scissor Sisters, Gogol Bordello
Movies: Field of Dreams, The Big Lebowski, Everything is Illuminated, Charlie Brown Christmas
, When Harry Met Sally
Books: "As far as my feet will carry me" Josef Bauer, "Who moved my Cheese?" Spencer Johnson, "Life of Pi" Yann Martell "The Alchemist" Paolo C. "Parallel Worlds" Michio Kaku
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I've jumped off a bridge in Sweden, was featured in a Wal-Mart commercial, made a crop circle, went to a sauna in Finland with 100 naked dudes and caught a donut thrown from Bruce Willis ( It's true, and a great story! )
As of this writing, I've been backpacking around the world for 14 months. Starting in Boston/DC/NY to Iceland, 5 months in EU, 1 month in the Middle East, 1 month in India, 1 month in Southeast Asia, then China, Japan, Korea and Oz...
and now North America!
Teach, Learn, Share
I pride myself in knowing how to say something amusing in every language, such as,"My unicorn is dead!" What can you add?
I've been playing guitar for 23 years and enjoying teaching.
I'm currently butchering the Russian and Swedish languages. If you can teach me a bit of yours, I would love to learn.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Friendship, late night jam sessions and some fabulous stories.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lithuania, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Korea, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Sweden, United States