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Overview

  • 23 references 10 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Chinese, English; learning Chinese (Simplified), French, Latin, Spanish
  • 38, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • property manager, teacher, consultant, and designer
  • B.A. Philosophy, UNC-Chapel Hill
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About Me

I'm a North Carolinian and UNC grad. I've lived and worked in China. Cooking is one of my favorite things to do, along with playing Go, listening to public radio and cycling. I believe traveling is a waste of time if you don't take time to meet some locals.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

My couch is available most times. I would like to meet up with folks traveling in China or the US. My location of last login will often be a place in the US (even when I'm in China) because I use a VPN to bypass the Great Firewall of China.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have stayed with a CS member once in Vermont and it was a blast. I've also participated in local gatherings. You can count on most CS members to be helpful, friendly and interesting.

Interests

education, snow, cycling, good beer, open-source software, networking, jazz, camping, cultural exchange, air-conditioning, solar, local food, law, calligraphy, hosteling, bartering

Music, Movies, and Books

One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Cradle to Cradle: remaking the way we make things, Hypnotic, Blue Man Group, Guns Germs and Steel, Theory of the Leisure Class, Pulp Fiction

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I found myself in a position to mentor a younger person than myself and was actually very useful.

Teach, Learn, Share

plan less, anticipate more, simplify

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Belize, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, United States

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