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Thomas Ellison

New York, NY, United States

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Overview

  • 5 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Arabic, French, Mossi
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • 3D Printing CS Lead
  • B.S. in Mech Eng (Texas Tech)
  • From Midland, Texas
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To wander and never be lost.

ABOUT ME

I'm currently the customer service team lead for Shapeways, a 3D printing company (shapeways.com). I've both traveled and lived abroad. It is hard to pin me down to any single place. Most recently, I returned from a Peace Corps service in Burkina Faso (2008-11) in West Africa.

PHILOSOPHY

Do what you can with what you have where you are.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I live and host with Molly (https://www.couchsurfing.org/profile.html?id=2MLQ4L0). She is the one that usually handles the request.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

We have hosted surfers from around the world and it is always a pleasure to chat with them. It is a wonderful reminder about how the world is really just an extended community. It has been wonderful to make connections to people from the US, Czech Republic, Germany, Argentina, etc that we would not have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.

Interests

I often find I am interested in interesting people. When I go to a museum on my own, I just breeze through and will often be completely detached. However, the same museum with someone that is passionate about the exhibits and I'm suddenly enthralled. People's passions interest me.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

One of the most amazing moments for me was when I was sitting on a hill in Kongoussi, Burkina Faso, watching as a crowd of protesting students surrounded the mayor's office, chanted and rattled the walls. This was during the Arab Spring, not so far away. The country was in the middle of a crisis. Students, Teachers, Police and the Army were protesting, looting and shooting. Yet, there was no news about it anywhere. Twitter let a few of us across the country connect and share the news with the rest. Even in the remoter part of the country, a simple social media tool changed how I viewed the news and the world.

I loved my two hour bike ride to my major market when I lived in Rambo, Burkina Faso. I'd push through corn fields with Wait Wait Don't Tell ME podcasts playing, trying to find a decent path. I felt out of my element and happy to be so.

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Austria, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

Burkina Faso, Kuwait, United States

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