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I'm a hitchhiker, musician and full-time student from the cold, sport-obsessed city of Boston. I live in an artist cooperative with thirteen other people. We dumpster dive, cook and clean together, ideally. It takes a lot of work to keep thirteen people functioning which is why I've become an anarchist. (If you are thinking of staying with us, please PLEASE for the love of god/ess,
read my house description).
I am currently studying photojournalism and documentary making, with a focus on migration and Latin America.
I pass most of my days reading, photographing and writing narrative journalism stories, playing guitar in the subway or sitting on my porch watching people go by.
I have a very dry sense of humor. I inherited it from the Czech Republic I think. I'm a positive absurdist, I have no tolerance for hate or its vessels, I dream of riding my motorcycle across Mongolia.
Current float plan: finish university, maybe study in Cuba
PS: Since I've been getting a lot of requests from people without references, here's some tips:
It's great that you are starting Couchsurfing! All of us had no references at some point; however, there is some etiquette to requesting a host if there isn't anyone vouching for you. Obviously, it's really difficult to say "Yes, stay in my house!" to someone if they are only a photo & a paragraph on a computer screen. I need more to go off of if you are sleeping under the same roof as me and my friends. This will help you in future requests too:
- Write a detailed request. Who are you? Why do you want to stay with us? Provide FB or some other social media so that I know you actually exist ;)
- Have a detailed profile. Photos, writing, etc. I know not everyone likes to be narcissistic but you have to let hosts know who you are.
- Get some friends on Couchsurfing to write references for you. They don't have to be hosts or surfers, just someone who can say "______ is a nice person!"
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I really don't like hostels. My experiences camping or staying with locals are always infinitely more fulfilling and fun than paying ten dollars for a bunk bed. The dinners, the drinking, the music, the unexpected adventures, the cultural exchange, the stories <-- all reasons why CS is fantastic!
I also like to host people because 1. To give back and 2. I love showing people my city/the art & music scene of my city.
Wild camping, hitchhiking, analogue photography, urban design, intentional communities, motorcycle maitanence, sailing, composing music, languages, movement, art, music, etc. etc.
- dumpster diving
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: Radiohead, Alt-J, Die Antwoord, Manu Chao, Amadou and Miriam, Gogol Bordello, Cat Power, Robert Johnson, Dr. John, Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan, Phantogram, Bombino, Johnny Cash, Foxygen, Pink Floyd, Noir Desir, Kal Marks, Pile, Mac Demarco, Nancy Sinatra
Books: Gabriel Marquez, Bolano (savage detectives) Zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Fear and Loathing, Moby Dick, Going Native, Naked Lunch, The Alchemist, Crime and Punishment, Hemingway, Bukowski, Burroughs, yeah
Movies: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Grand Budapest Hotel, Apocalypse Now, Space Odyssey, Boys, The Godfather, City of God, any Stanley Kubrik, Eisenstein, Werner Herzog, Fassbinder, The Factory films, amores perros.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
surviving natural selection
Teach, Learn, Share
Teach: how to strum the saddest chord on the guitar, how to make a fire without matches/a lighter
Learn: How to fly a plane, computer programming, the trumpet
Share: a bottle of wine
What I Can Share with Hosts
Respect, curtesy, my stories and passions.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Peru, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Uruguay
Countries I’ve Lived In
Ecuador, United States