Andrew Downing

Phoenix, AZ, USA

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About Me


29. native Texan, living in the Bay Area. traveler. dwarf. agnostic, vegan, and leftist. swim against the flow, but not too cool for school. stubborn simultaneously to a fault and a virtue. teetotaler. bookworm. a good-humored introvert who genuinely enjoys people... but usually in small doses.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I'm interested in hosting road weary travelers, meeting new people, and expanding my international friend base.


exploring, scrabble (and various other board games), reading, song-poems, philosophy, riffling through thrift stores, small house design, art, anthropology, camping, and cultural politics.

Music, Movies, and Books

music: Pavement, Joy Division, Pterodactyl, The Sound, Deerhoof, X, The Talking Heads, David Bowie, Japandroids, Built to Spill, The Mountaingoats, and El Ten Eleven

books: Dostoevsky, Frank Herbert, Orwell, Philip K. Dick, Kierkegaard, Dan Simmons, and Chekhov

film: docs of every persuasion, Off the Charts, 2001: A Space Odyssey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Alien, Bladerunner, Murderball, and Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Scuba diving on the island of Utila in Honduras.
Doing graduate research in Ghana and traveling around Cote D'Ivoire.
Studying in Sweden.
Seeing the ruins of Tenochtitlan outside of Mexico City.
Relaxing at the historic spas of Budapest.
Experiencing sunrises, sunsets, and starry nights in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment.

Countries I’ve Visited

Barbados, Czech Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Denmark, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Latvia, Mexico, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Sweden, United States

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