Benjamin Van Orsdol

Yachimata, Chiba, Japan

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  • Eigo Sensei. ALT
  • Public school in the USA, Bachelor degree in Social Work....
  • From Milwaukee, WI, USA
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About Me


Bikes are a nifty way to see the world. I'm currently on a bike tour from Seattle to San Diego and its been bliss. Every day seems to be better than the last


I love to laugh, but I'd rather make someone else laugh first.
I love to dance, but what good is it without music?
I love to eat, but I'd rather talk while we cook.
I love to make art, but I'd rather support someone who is good at it
I love to ride my bike, but I'd rather stop and take a picture


tough question... something about how greed and selfishness make me weep, and how the love I've seen between people all over the world keeps me happy?
Yea... something like that, except it would sound better if a Zen master wrote it

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


"Take a giant step" -Taj Mahal


Before I joined CS I stayed with some couch surfers (some connected via this website, some not), and I've found it to be one of the most rewarding and wonderful times of my life. Travel is where I find new homes and family


cycling - non competitive
DJing - records (vinyl)

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies? Pixar
Music? blues, jazz, hip-hop, funk, folk, and anything old and from another country
Books? Everything is Illuminated, Third World Aha Ha ha, The Devil All the Time, Shantaram

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Seen? A 60 foot Pine tree blasted to pieces by lightning. I was ~60 yards away. The power of the earth is amazing, and scarily beautiful.
Done? Riding my bike down the west coast of the USA is kinda cool I guess, but "amazing?" ... Hmmm, tell you what, next time someone says 'wow, that's amazing' to me, I'll post it here.

Teach, Learn, Share

Yea, those three sound nice.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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