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  • 193 references 138 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Indonesian, Korean, Lao, Spanish, Thai, Turkish
  • 43, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • former and future world traveler, current teacher in Las ...
  • Got 2 Master's Degrees (one in curriculum and instruction...
  • From Las Vegas, NV, USA
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About Me

Currently living in Las Vegas, NV, with my wife, Anna. See her profile here:
https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/anna.terskikh

Just returned from a nice summer trip through the northwest USA and Canada, going to see my family in Chicago via the "scenic route". Was my first time outside the US since I returned in 2017, and was awesome!

I've surfed and hosted over a hundred times, and made countless great friendships along the way!! Due to my busy schedule during the school year, the COVID 19 disaster, and graduating from my most recent master's program, I've been inactive on couchsurfing for a few years, but recently in May 2022 jumped back into it!! Currently hosting in Vegas.

CURRENT MISSION:
Find the good in everything I see and experience :)

ABOUT ME

2001-2003:
Lived in Thailand (as an exchange student in University, and did a little teaching), and traveled around a lot of SE Asia, Taiwan, and South China
2005-2007:
Backpacked through Mexico, Central America, and South America, almost all by land... a two-year mega-backpacking adventure!
2007-2008:
Taught English in South Korea, then traveled around Australia, New Zealand, and back through SE Asia
2011-2013:
Whew! Spent a lot of time traveling Europe, with brief stints living in Istanbul (3 months), Stupava, Slovakia (1 1/2 months), and Gijon, Spain (2 months) mixed in between.
Then I took the boat over to Morocco and spent 3 1/2 months traveling and hitch-hiking in Western Africa, all the way down to the Gambia.
2013-2016:
Lived in Moscow, Russia, teaching English. Also took several wonderful trips around Russia and Central Asia, and the Baltic countries.
Finally it was time to leave Moscow, after 2 years... the scenic way! I traveled through Russia, Mongolia, and China, all overland, then flew to the Philippines and spent a few months there.
2016-2017:
I arrived in Thailand in January. I lived in Pattaya for a few months, then moved to Lamlukka and got a job teaching at a kindergarten. I also wrote my first novel! I took many trips around Thailand and Laos, enjoing life of the vagabond when I could. Finally, it was time to move on, and in March 2017 I returned to the USA for the first time in 4 1/2 years....
March 2017 to Present:
My life is totally different now. Got married, have 2 dogs, and have been a public school teacher in Las Vegas for 5 years now. Earned 2 Master's Degrees from UNLV. Unfortunately haven't been able to travel much like I used to.

PHILOSOPHY

to be, or not to be....
try your hardest at everything you do!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I have now surfed in many countries throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. I have only hosted a few times, as i've mostly been traveling since starting CS. I also have attended and continue to attend some CS events and functions. I have attended CS meetings in Poland (CS weekly meeting in Lodz), Slovakia, France (a wine-tasting CS party), Spain (CS weekly meeting, and salsa dancing, and hiking), Morocco (meeting CS'ers for tea, language exchange in Casablanca, etc), Senegal (boating to an island), Las Vegas, Moscow (Language Exchange, Anti-Boring Friday, more), and others!... I love to meet fellow surfers and hosts, I find we have a lot in common and can usually carry on great conversations.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

SURFING..............
May 2012- Pristina, Kosovo (3 nights with David)
June 2012- Zagreb, Croatia (3 nights with Ana)
July 2012- Linz, Austria (1 night with Lilly)
July 2012- Vienna, Austria (2 nights with Mariana)
July 2012- Martin, Slovakia (4 nights with Stella)
July 2012- Liptovsky Luzna, Slovakia (2 nights with Jakub and Filip)
July 2012- Poprad, Slovakia (3 nights with Martina)
July 2012- Presov, Slovakia (2 nights with Martin)
July 2012- Truskavets, Ukraine (1 night with Lidiya)
July 2012- Kamianka Buzka, Ukraine (1 night with John)
August 2012- Krakow, Poland (4 nights with Justina)
August-September 2012- Stupava, Slovakia (many nights with Nati)
August 2012- Brno, Czech Republic (2 nights with David)
September 2012- Prague, Czech Republic (3 nights with Filip and Jan)
September 2012- Wroclaw, Poland (4 nights with Slavek)
October 2012- Lodz, Poland (3 nights with Czeslaw)
October 2012- Poznan, Poland (2 nights with Bogna)
October 2012- Berlin, Germany (4 nights with Marc and Marion)
October 2012- Hannover, Germany (2 nights with Gerritt)
October 2012- Bodegraven, the Netherlands (4 nights with Rocus)
October 2012- Brussels, Belgium (3 nights with Fabienne)
October 2012- Noertzange, Luxembourg (2 nights with Assaad)
October 2012- Lyon, France (2 nights with Luz)
November 2012- Tordesillas, Spain (2 nights with David)
November 2012- A Coruna, Spain (2 nights with Raquel)
December 2012- Bilbao, Spain (2 nights with Jorge)
December 2012- Pamplona, Spain (2 nights with Xabi)
December 2012- Boltana, Spain (3 nights with Nekane)
January 2013- Barcelona, Spain (4 nights with Elena)
January 2013- Barcelona, Spain (1 night with Rosa)
January 2013- Zaragoza, Spain (3 nights with Llanos)
January 2013- Siguenza, Spain (2 nights with Sara)
January 2013- Madrid, Spain (1 night with Evginy)
January 2013- Madrid, Spain (3 nights with Hector)
January 2013- Vigo, Spain (2 nights with Juan and Rosa)
January 2013- Porto, Portugal (3 nights with Rui)
January 2013- Coimbra, Portugal (2 nights with Jonas)
January 2013- Lisbon, Portugal (3 nights with 'Machado')
February 2013- Sevilla, Spain (2 nights with Antonio)
February 2013- Cadiz, Spain (2 nights with Marian)
February 2013- Sale, Morocco (1 night with Bilal)
February 2013- Marrakesh, Morocco (5 nights with 'Meziana')
April 2013- St. Louis, Senegal (3 nights with Samuel)
April 2013- Dakar, Senegal (7 nights with Lisa and Dara)
April 2013- Brusubi, The Gambia (6 nights with Magda)
September 2013- Greve, Denmark (1 night with Vivian)
May 2014- St. Petersburg, Russia (2 nights with Constantine)
May 2014- Helsinki, Finland (3 nights with Rito)
May 2014- Tallinn, Estonia (3 nights with Ain)
June 2014- Parnu, Estonia (2 nights with Marit)
June 2014- Riga, Latvia (3 nights with Matijs)
June 2014- Rezekne, Latvia (1 night with Vita)
July 2014- Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (2 nights with Vlad)
July 2014- Kazan, Russia (3 nights with Liliya)
July 2014- Samara, Russia (2 nights with Ira)
July 2014- Ufa, Russia (2 nights with Gulnas)
July 2014- Chelyabinsk, Russia (2 nights with Nastya)
July 2014- Astana, Kazakhstan (3 nights with Myrza and Bekarus)
August 2014- Almaty, Kazakhstan (3 nights with Olga)
August 2014- Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (2 nights with Daniel)
August 2014- Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (1 night with Katya)
August 2014- Moscow, Russia (1 night with Ana and Ana)
August 2014- Moscow, Russia (3 nights with Marina and Aidan)
October 2014- Vladimir, Russia (2 nights with Oleg)
October 2014- Yaroslavl, Russia (2 nights with Alex)
January 2015- St. Petersburg, Russia (3 nights with Angela)
May 2015- Tula, Russia (1 night with Stas and Tatiana)
August 2015- Murmansk, Russia (3 nights with Vadim)
August 2015- Niznhy Novgorod, Russia (2 nights with Vlad again)
August 2015- Perm, Russia (3 nights with Lena and Andrey)
August 2015- Yekaterinburg, Russia (3 nights with Eva)
August 2015- Omsk, Russia (2 nights with Glem)
August 2015- Novosibirsk, Russia (1 night with Vera)
September 2015- Novosibirsk, Russia (1 night with Lyubov)
September 2015- Krasnoyarsk, Russia (2 nights with Irina)
September 2015- Irkutsk, Russia (2 nights with Evginy)
September 2015- Khujir, Okhon Island, Russia (2 nights with Sergei)
September 2015- Ulan Ude, Russia (1 night with Aryuna)
October 2015- Tianjin, China (3 nights with Gang)
October 2015- Shijiazhuang, China (2 nights with Tiger)
October 2015- Xian, China (2 nights with Miguel)
October 2015- Chengdu, China (3 nights with Yiou)
October 2015- Chongqing, China (2 nights with JooYu)
October 2015- Wuhan, China (3 nights with Ye)
November 2015- Nanjing, China (2 nights with Oktay)
November 2015- Shanghai, China (3 nights with Parham)
November 2015- Xiamen, China (3 nights with Lian)
June 2018- Flagstaff, Arizona, USA (2 nights with Kevin)
June 2018- Houston, Texas, USA (2 nights with Gene)
June 2018- Mobile, Alabama USA (1 night with Kelsey)
June 2018- Montgomery, Alabama USA (2 nights with Andy and Lee)
June 2018- Birmingham, Alabama USA (1 night with Dmitri and Lola)
July 2018- Omaha, Nebraska USA (2 nights with Kristen)
July 2018- Denver, Colorado USA (1 night with Samaneh)
December 2018- Glendale, Arizona USA (2 nights with Diane and Tom)
April 2019- St. George, Utah USA (1 night with Mark)
June 2022- Boise, Idaho USA (1 night with Jim)
June 2022- Vancouver, Washington USA (2 nights with Karen)
June 2022- Seattle, Washington USA (2 nights with Julian)
June 2022- Vancouver, BC Canada (2 nights with Xavier)
June 2022- Calgary, AB Canada (1 night with Andy and Chris)
June 2022- Edmonton, AB Canada (2 nights with Jenny)
June 2022- Saskatoon, SK Canada (1 night with Lorenzo)
July 2022- Duluth, Minnesota USA (1 night with John)
July 2022- Sioux Falls, South Dakota USA (1 night with Seth)
July 2022- Rapid City, South Dakota USA (1 night with David)

HOSTING (in Moscow, Russia).............
September 2014- Vlad and Alyona (Russia) 2 nights
September 2014- Craig (Scotland) 2 nights
September 2014- Adam and Asia (Poland) 3 nights
September 2014- Anna K (Russia) 2 nights
September 2014- Anastasia (Russia) 3 nights
October 2014- Enesa (Bosnia) 3 nights
November 2014- Anna and Irina (Russia and Azerbaijan) 1 night
December 2014- Katya (Kyrgyzstan) 1 night
March 2015- Layla (Kazakhstan) 1 night
April 2015- Sergei (Ukraine) 4 nights
May 2015- Filip (Czech Republic) 1 night
May 2015- Danny (USA) 2 nights
June 2015- Koey (Hong Kong) 2 nights
June 2015- Yujin (South Korea) 3 nights

HOSTING (in Thailand)........
March 2016- Ilya (Russia) 3 nights
April 2016- Max (Russia) 2 nights
April 2016- Ahmet and Liu (Turkey and China) 1 night
April 2016- Diana and Ili (Lithuania and Israel) 1 night
May 2016- Ophelie and Laura (France) 2 nights
May 2016- Ha and Ling (Vietnam) 2 nights
September 2016- Ksenia (Russia) 3 nights
September 2016- Kristina (Russia) 2 nights
October 2016- Stas and Tatiana (Russia) several nights

HOSTING (in Las Vegas).....
August 2018- Gene (USA) 4 nights
August 2018- Berfin and Yagmur (Turkey) 3 nights
August 2018- Sveta (Russia) and Gaes (China) 1 night
August 2018- Lisa (Netherlands) and Santiago (Colombia) 2 nights
September 2018- Ayan (Kazakhstan) 2 nights
September 2018- Nick and Jeremias (Germany) 1 night
September 2018- Margaux and Nicolas (France) 2 nights
October 2018- Viktor, Angelina, and Vasily (Russia) 3 nights
October 2018- Chiara and Petra (Croatia) 4 nights
October 2018- Tanvir (USA) 1 night
October 2018- Veronique (Canada) 3 nights
October 2018- Erika, Marlin, and Soledad (Argentina) 2 nights
November 2018- Dominika (Czech Republic) 3 nights
November 2018- Magda, Marta, and Daniel (Poland) 3 nights
November 2018- Xola (South Africa) 3 nights
November 2018- Devin (USA) 1 night
December 2018- Kacper and Amy (Poland) 3 nights
December 2018- Anna (Germany) 3 nights
December 2018- Maria (Philippines) 2 nights
January 2019- Matt (USA) 2 nights
January 2019- Dora and Edvard (Hungary) 2 nights
January 2019- Yessica (Peru) 2 nights
February 2019- Osho (India) 2 nights
February 2019- Luigi (Italy) 1 night
February 2019- Julia and Pavel (Latvia) 2 nights
February 2019- Farah and Yossra (Tunisia) 3 nights
March 2019- Rachel and Brandon (USA) 3 nights
March 2019- James and Taylor (UK) 2 nights
April 2019- Andrew (Canada) 2 nights
April 2019- Silvia (France) 2 nights
May 2019- Pierre (France) 2 nights
May 2019- Barbora and family (Slovakia) 3 nights
June 2019- Irina and Andrew (USA) 1 night
June 2019- Sara and Francesca (Italy) 2 nights
June 2019- Luis (Mexico) 4 nights
August 2019- Camila and friends (Argentina) 2 nights
September 2019- Daria and Anton (Estonia) 1 night
September 2019- Xavi (Colombia) 4 nights
May 2022- Zora (Taiwan) and Yash (India) 2 nights
May 2022 - Miroslava (Slovakia) 6 nights
July 2022- Karolina and Dred (Poland) 1 night
July 2022- Morgane and Aiden (France) 3 nights

More to come!!! :)

Interests

Traveling: I've now explored parts of 6 continents. I've taken many long trips, all by land (my preferred way to travel as you see more), and did much of my traveling by hitch-hiking and couch-surfing.
Photography: I LOOOVE taking photos, though i've never had a decent camera.
Languages: I try to learn at least some of the language of every country I visit, even if not there for long. And I also love learning written alphabets, even if I can't speak the spoken language!
Teaching: Great profession where you can feel good about your work...
Hiking, camping, the outdoors: I just love it, feel so alive when doing it.
Sports: I LOVE basketball and just about all other sports. I've been to Aussie rules and rugby in Australia, baseball and basketball in Korea, lots of football (soccer) in Europe and Latin America, hockey in Eastern Europe, wrestling in Senegal, even the handball championships in Spain.
Food: I love to cook and eat just about anything, and my patented tacos and Mexican food is world-famous!
Collections: I have so many odd collections, including beer labels, ticket stubs, and other random things that most people would find useless, from around the world... you should see my scrap books!! I even have a match book collection of all the Vegas casinos.

  • books
  • photography
  • dancing
  • salsa dancing
  • dining
  • cooking
  • wine
  • beer
  • mexican food
  • partying
  • boating
  • traveling
  • outdoor activities
  • hiking
  • backpacking
  • camping
  • surfing
  • sports
  • baseball
  • basketball
  • wrestling
  • soccer
  • hockey
  • rugby
  • handball
  • teaching
  • languages
  • tourism
  • hitchhiking
  • language exchange

Music, Movies, and Books

I love science fiction movies and shows and am a huge Star Wars dork.
I enjoy all types of books, but especially nonfiction (true stories) which are told in a creative way (Wild by Cheryl Strayed, anything from Jon Krakauer, etc).
Don't listen to music much anymore but I don't consider myself in a specific category. Pretty much anything except the new-age hip hop or country, lol.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I snuck into a speech given by Hugo Chavez in person, in Venezuela, and got to listen to him talk crap about the USA!

Teach, Learn, Share

I can share a lot of travel knowledge and good travel stories, information, and especially kindness :)
I am an English teacher, so obviously I can help teach or practice with the English language.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I can share a lot of travel knowledge and good travel stories, information, and especially kindness :)
I am an English teacher, so obviously I can help teach or practice with the English language.

Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Russian Federation, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, United States

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