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  • 11 references 2 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Polish; learning Icelandic, Norwegian Nynorsk, Spanish
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2018
  • Engineer
  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
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About Me

Originally from Poland, currently staying in US until I change my mind.

At the moment my long term goal is to visit every wonder, city state and capital featured in Civilization 5 game. Recent scheduling and vacation changes at my job made me realize I don't really have much time to travel, and simultaneously this is the most time I'll ever have to do so. Therefore this year I challenged myself to be away from my current town or even Illinois doing something fun every weekend possible.

I really enjoy playing boardgames and listening to ethnic music. Alone I usually read books or play PC games, though less so recently. Outside I enjoy small hikes and camping. I absolutely love skiing, canoeing and cliff jumping. Time permitting, I'll try to relearn windsurfing. Other than that I'm very open to new experiences (especially food).

Currently (2023) back on CS after pandemic and few technical issues.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I want to meet influential people to learn new perspectives. But also because the couch surfing community is just great. I've been lucky enough to always enjoy all the hangouts, events and stays I've been involved with.

For a while there have been no events going on in Madison, I got annoyed and decided I want to restart them. I was lucky to find another surfer with the same desire, and we hosted a small, but cozy social event. This turned into a regular monthly meetup (over a year of events now!). Seeing new faces, temporary travelers, and surfers turned friends during those meetups makes me just so happy and feel like a part of a wholesome community.

Music, Movies, and Books

Electronic Music, European Folk, Traditional Ethnic Music, Synthwave, Drum and Bass, Rock

In Bruges, Blade Runner 2049, Ex Machina, Moon, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, I Robot, Airplane, Naked Gun, Top Secret

Icelandic Sagas; Science Fiction, anything by these authors: Kosik, Grzędowicz, Wegner, Pilipiuk, Piekara, Sapkowski

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Got to organize a fabulous Couch Crash in Madison with an amazing group of people. And this was my first ever Couch Crash experience too! Next year shall be even better.

Teach, Learn, Share

I don't really have any special fun skills, but I can always exchange stories and life perspectives. I want to learn about You, Your life goals and views. I've met many people who's ideas have been quite influential on me and am always looking out for more new prespectives.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Company, stories, deep conversations, maybe help with something? I usually keep a stock of Polish sweets at my place to bring as gifts :)

Countries I’ve Visited

Colombia, Costa Rica, Iceland, Panama

Countries I’ve Lived In

Poland, Sweden, United States

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