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I've had my share of fun. Well, I'm still having my share of fun. I left Austin in 2006 looking for adventures in Japan, and haven't looked back (although I do visit for the holidays like a good boy). Since that time, I've lived in Japan, Thailand, New Zealand, South Korea, and other parts of the US.
No matter what city you're in, look me up. Always in the mood for a good traveling companion for a trip to a hot springs, a good restaurant, or sightseeing. It's not what you do, it's who you're with.
I try to host as often as I can when I'm in the US. Don't get me wrong, I've loved my time abroad, but I'm just a little tired of being the outsider; even in countries that share my language, I'm still the tourist, the traveler. I still have a few good jaunts on the agenda. I've never been to Africa.
I'm a runner. I like to express myself not in volume or intensity, but by proving to others I can stand by their rules, and then showing them who I am. I'm a dreamer. I'm not afraid of being proven wrong. Show me your world.
"Sometimes, things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most - that people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power, mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and - I want you to remember this - that love, true love, never dies. You remember that, boy. You remember that. Doesn't matter if they're true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in. Got that?"
"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or a gazelle - when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."
"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion."
"The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you."
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I love introducing travelers to the area I'm living in; the fact that I can teach them things that have become so commonplace to me, yet remain enchanting for them, helps me experience that joy all over again.
- Began with one night on a dirty dorm room floor in Shanghai
- Continued in Thailand with island hopping in Phuket with fellow CSers; one of the best days of my life
- Hosted in New Zealand as I was staying on a Buddhist monastery
- Surfed across the US as I worked promotions
- Hosted in Austin between jaunts
- Hosted the manager of CSing on the east coast of South Korea
- Spent my first Christmas holiday away from home with some CSers in Juk-byeon, Korea. And I have to say, it was an amazing, wholesome experience.
Running barefoot, skydiving, learning history, acting, writing, studying local languages, traveling to Mars
Music, Movies, and Books
Books: Vagabonding, Born to Run, Timeline, Angels and Demons, The Time Traveler's Wife, Once a Runner, The Roads to Sata, Brave New World, The Element
Movies: Back to the Future, Butterfly Effect, Shawshank Redemption, Spiderman, Dead Poets Society, Indiana Jones, Field of Dreams, Fight Club, Gladiator, Braveheart, Monty Python, Princess Bride, Somewhere in Time
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I've seen a Japanese high schooler greet me with something besides "HELLO TEACHER!" Believe me, it's a rare occurrence.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can show you the way to get into teaching English in Asia. I can teach you the etiquette of bathing in Japanese hot springs. I'm just full of random facts about running barefoot. I love to learn other languages and would welcome the company.
What I Can Share with Hosts
A cooked meal, a sense of home, and good conversation.
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Japan, New Zealand, Peru, South Korea, Thailand