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  • Fluent in English, German, Italian; learning Danish, Esperanto, French, Spanish
  • 37, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • art historian / curator
  • too much, yet incomplete
  • From Washington, NC, USA
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About Me


finish my freaking dissertation


I'm originally from North Carolina (yep, still a few traces of the Southern accent), but I've lived in Connecticut, DC, Rhode Island, and now Norfolk, Virginia. I travel whenever I get the opportunity, and I studied for a year in Germany (Heidelberg) and Italy (Rome).

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


During my last sojourn in Europe, I was generously hosted by several others through couchsurfing, and now I hope to return the hospitality.


Couchsurfed twice in Switzerland-- both excellent experiences! Hosted once while living in Rhode Island and a few times in Virginia, also great fun.


art, architecture, foreign languages, cooking, jogging, gym, maps, literature, sailing (+ bodies of water in general), cats, quilts, and most of all, travel

  • cats
  • arts
  • literature
  • architecture
  • cooking
  • recipes
  • traveling
  • sailing
  • art history
  • cartography
  • history
  • languages

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: Belle & Sebastian, Rosenstolz, U2, New Order, Laura Pausini, ABBA, Nena, southern rock, cheesy trashy Euro pop

Movies: Clue, L'Auberge Espagnole, Before Sunrise, Was Tun Wenn's Brennt?, Gattaca

Directors: Tom Tykwer, Andre Techine, Wim Wenders, Pedro Almodovar, Alejandro Amenabar, Lukas Moodysson, Greg Araki, Patrice Chereau, Gabriele Muccino

TV: mostly downloading HBO and BBC series from iTunes, since I don't have cable. Jeopardy, Murder She Wrote, Six Feet Under, BSG, Skins, MI-5, UNC Basketball.

Books: Henry James, Thomas Mann, T. H. White, Richard Adams, Turgenev, Wilde, C. S. Lewis, James Baldwin, John Irving, Graham Greene, Agatha Christie, James Herriot, John Le Carre, Chekov, Anthony Hope, Raymond Carver, Tennessee Williams

Artists: Caspar David Friedrich, Albert Bierstadt, Leopold Robert, Moritz von Schwind, Johann Friedrich Overbeck, Bertel Thorvaldsen, Constantin Hansen, Gustav Caillebotte, Erwin von Steinbach (if he existed), J.M.W. Turner, Andy Warhol, Thomas Cole, Canaletto, Ilya Kabakov, and, of course, Raphael

Teach, Learn, Share

I wish I could teach Esperanto, but I've forgotten most of what I learned. Don't get me started on art history, since it's both my livelihood and my passion.

I want to learn your language (if I haven't already) and all your grandmother's secret recipes.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

France, Germany, Italy, United States

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