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Overview

  • 1 Reference 1 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, German; learning Spanish
  • 32, Male
  • Member since 2013
  • Small business owner
  • Master's in Environmental & Resource Economics, Bache...
  • From Boston, MA, USA
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About Me

Why hello, and welcome to my profile. In case the picture and my gender identification hadn't made it explicit enough for you, I'm a male: an American male raised on Massachusetts liberalism, proper basketball fundamentals, and poisonous junk food. Nice to make your acquaintance.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

To host and be hosted. To meet up with travelers or other Couchsurfers wherever I happen to be. I don't get judge-y about how people choose to travel. Hotels are great, hostels are great, visiting expat friends is great, but once I discovered the joys of staying with my friends who are native to a place completely foreign to me, I thought "hey, I like this." And you (yes, YOU) can become my new friend, if only by providing a couch, futon, air mattress, or floor space on which to rest my aching bones after a long day of travel. I'll do the same for you (not you, but you, yes YOU right there) if/when you come to my section of the world. Sorry, I take one thing back: I *usually* don't get judge-y about how people choose to travel. Riding area natives for personal transit? That's where I draw the line. I just won't stand for that.

Interests

I for one enjoy traveling. Wait, that doesn't make me unique? Damn. Oh, I also like Soccer/Football. Still not? Umm...I'm a pretty serious bowler. There, that's more like it.

  • culture
  • singing
  • performing arts
  • dining
  • cooking
  • traveling
  • juggling
  • drawing
  • snowboarding
  • basketball
  • american football
  • soccer
  • bowling
  • history

Music, Movies, and Books

Whatever vocal trance/EDM that crosses my path, but I'm not an aficionado. Various hip-hop and pop. I don't watch a ton of movies, per se, but I crush documentaries (often, brutal ones about unsavory aspects of human affairs) on at least a weekly basis. PBS Frontline is the 8th wonder of the world, in my opinion. Long-form journalism (written and video) is my thing. I keep up very closely on current events, domestically and globally. I've really enjoyed the books I've read about high-altitude mountaineering (yes "Into Thin Air" is spectacular, but "One Mountain, Thousand Summits" is my fave).

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Made it on Korean national television as a wedding singer. I did not at that time know how to sing, which made it a bit more interesting.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you English and German (the latter to an advanced but non-native level). I can teach you how to juggle 3-4 juggling balls. I cannot teach you how to juggle pins or fire sticks. I can teach you how to snowboard. I can teach you how to properly perform plyometric workouts. I can teach you about American Football. Finally, I can teach you how to get rich quick flipping houses. Just call this toll-free number now! ;)

If you are a native Spanish speaker, I only want to speak Spanish with you (unless you're visiting the US and want to speak English as part of the experience, in which case, rock on!). I'd like to learn about your life, your history, your present, your goals for the future. I want to get a glimpse of the world through your eyes.

Let's share each other's company. Share stories, laughs, debates, et al.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I could pick up some food and maybe we could cook something. Other than that, a handshake, the firmness of which will depend upon the country/region/culture in which we're immersed. That brings me to a relevant piece of advice for foreign travelers in the US: if you're a man shaking another man's hand, you must squeeze like you're trying to juice the other guy's fingers, and don't release until he does. The most important thing is that you assert your dominance. American men place a very high value on posturing and empty machismo, and this starts with a comically strong handshake, fixed eye contact, and a straight posture. Also, calling each other patronizing terms like "bro", "chief", "boss", "tiger," "buddy", and "pal" helps establish the social hierarchy in groups of 2+. Use these terms early and often. Alright, consider yourself warned. Now go get 'em.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Germany, United States

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