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Shawn Biessel

Fairbanks, Alaska, United States

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Overview

  • 14 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, English; learning Spanish
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Seasonal with the National Park Serv...
  • Bachelor's degree in Geography from ...
  • From Homer & Kodiak, Alaska, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Stuck in Wasilla, What's Next?

ABOUT ME

Currently an interpretive Park Ranger for Yosemite National Park, stationed on the east side of the Sierra Nevadas. On temporary reassignment at the entrance station to the park selling entrance passes!

Oh man, where to start....I've grown up in the great state of Alaska, and as hard as I can squint, I still haven't seen that mythical country that is Russia.

Anyways, I like a good, relaxing time. I'm pretty chill, will eat anything and love to travel. I've been working seasonally for the US National Park Service and have been contemplating graduate school studying foreign policy.

PHILOSOPHY

"It's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses."

--Elwood Blues

While this sort of sums up my personal philosophy, I've never been to Chicago, (O'Hare doesn't count), don't smoke, never have created a massive cops chase scene, and only rarely wear my sunglasses at night. I LOVE the Blues Brothers though.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Right now, I cannot host anyone, but I will be happy to show you around the area I live in.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Sadly, stayed on many more couches than I've hosted. This summer, I'm in government housing and cannot host anyone.

Interests

Road tripping, Soccer, Homebrewing, 60s and 70s rock, motown and funk, vinyl records, getting outdoors: hiking, skiing, hot springing.

Music, Movies & Books

The Beatles, Kinks, Stones, Neil Young, Al Green, Dylan, Rascals, Booker T and the MGs, Springsteen, James Gang, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam. Really too many to list.

Movies:
Wet Hot American Summer, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums (anything Wes Anderson throws at me), T2: Judgement Day, Dirty Harry, Raiders of the Lost Arc...again too many to list.

I don't read nearly as much as I should. Anything by Thomas Friedman or Jared Diamond. All of the adventures of Tintin. The Onion's "Our Dumb World."

One Amazing Thing I've Done

National Outdoor Leadership School month-long backpacking trip through the Wind River Range, Wyoming.

My '05 foreign exchange to Stirling, Scotland was also pretty amazing.

Teach, Learn, Share

I hope to learn about culture and sense of place and hope I can teach my hosts the same.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Slovenia, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

United Kingdom, United States

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