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Overview

  • 42 references 17 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, Korean, Spanish
  • 47, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Tour Director/ Tour Guide
  • The world is my university. That plus University of Kentu...
  • From New York City, NY, USA
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About Me

ABOUT ME

I'm a relaxed, easy-going guy from the USA just trying to make my way in the world. I'm currently on a year long trip around the world, after having worked in Asia for a long time. I've traveled to a lot of places and really enjoy meeting new people, seeing new things, and having new experiences.

PHILOSOPHY

I try to stay aware of the fact that the smallest, most seemingly trivial factors can trigger a chain of events that can lead to major, drastic changes. It seems that I can always trace the big things back to something small, whether for better or worse.

For example, long ago I once worked for the Hyatt hotel chain and wanted to go into its management training program, but one of my supervisors didn't allow it because he thought that I didn't smile enough. If I had smiled a bit more I would have gone into the program, and probably would still be in the business. I never would have quit, traveled all the countries I have listed here, had countless priceless experiences, and lived my real world "second life." My life suddenly changed when I decided to leave the American lifestyle behind, and really, I can trace it back to someone thinking I didn't smile enough. I notice these kinds of things every day, and always try to treat the little things as if they were big things.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

In the past I was very active with hosting, surfing, attending and organizing gatherings, greeting new members, reading and posting in the group message boards and spreading the word. I also served as a Busan City Ambassador (South Korea) for about two years. However, I became inactive for some time, and am happy to be back in it.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I had dozens of amazing couchsurfs and hosting experiences over the years, in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA- and never experienced a bad one. I have also met many other local couchsurfers through meetups and events and those were always good times as well.

Interests

Traveling, hiking, meeting friends, exploring new places, watching movies, music, internet, bicycle riding, unwinding at the beach, and learning to smile some more :)

  • movies
  • reading
  • traveling
  • music
  • hiking
  • beaches

Music, Movies, and Books

Walking Dead, Dexter, anything electronic on SoundCloud, ChinesePod, Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Steven King, Lost Horizon, The Office, W. Somerset Maugham, LOTR, Star Wars, Office Space, LOST

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Can't name just one! Grew up in NYC, kissed the Blarney Stone, hiked across the Great Wall of China, climbed ancient Mezo-American pyramids, met a zillion great people while traveling over 40 countries around the world.

Teach, Learn, Share

Every experience is beneficial. Whether top-of-the-world, ordinary or tragic your soul will grow from it.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I have a lot of travel and expat experience, and I will be happy to share it with you, whether it be entertaining stories or practical advice. I am a clean, respectful surfer, and I will be happy to help with household maintenance or any other kinds of errands that you may need assistance with. I also always provide hosts with a small gift or gifts to show my appreciation for their hospitality.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Colombia, Myanmar, South Korea, Taiwan, United States

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