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Enjoy life as much as possibe through international traveling and hosting.
I live in Reston, VA, ca five minute walk to the upscale Reston Town Center. The town center is filled with many upscale shops, restaurants, a movie theatre, an ice skating rink and music stage. Public transportation into DC is close to my home. Total commute 45 minutes. I often take guests into the city and tour them.
I am a very active, divorced, retired male with eclectic interests. I have widely traveled and know DC extremely well. I am a volunteer DC tour guide for the National Park Service and a volunteer at Travelers Aid, Dulles Airport, which is close to me. DCA (Reagan) Airport is close, too. Both can be reached by public transportation. I like to cook, dance, bike, sail, ski, hike, do photography, scuba and much more. I go into DC quite often to dine, attend embassy and Kennedy Center events, art openings, to volunteer, attend theater and more. I live in a very nice three story town home in Reston, a premier planned community. I worked at Yale and Stanford Universities. My two grown children live in Colorado.
Politically very liberal; spiritual. Member of Insight Meditation Community of Washington (www.imcw.org), the Bhavana Society (Buddhist) (www.bhavanasociety.org), and the Cambridge (MA) Society of Friends (Quakers). Have devoted my professional and personal life to non profit causes -- St Jude Children's Research Hospital, Yale- New Haven Medical Center, Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University, the National Children's Brain Tumor Foundation, the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission, Empowered Women international, etc. I believe in equality of sexes and races, in non violence, in social justice and assisting our fellow human beings.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I frequently host guests from all over the world. I welcome travelers who are interested in Greater DC and what I personally can offer. (I am not interested in people just looking for a free room for one night or not respectful and grateful for what a host offers.) I want to relate with my guests, get to know them and them me.
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Through the hosting groups to which I belong, I have hosted, traveled and stayed with people all over the world. As a volunteer for Travelers Aid at Dulles Airport (IAD) I also host distressed travelers. My experiences with guests have been excellent...we have gone dining in ethnic DC restaurants, toured DC, danced and done all types of enjoyable things. My references speak for themselves.
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Dancing, hiking, photography, cooking, history, biking, scuba, travel, sailing, museums, skiing, concerts, ballet, opera, reading, and more. Volunteer with the National Park Service, giving tours in Washington, DC and with Travelers Aid at Dulles Airport, US State Department "Citizen Diplomat," Humphrey/Fulbright Fellowship program. Do a great amount of volunteering and am into an energetic lifestyle.
Music, Movies, and Books
Indie and art films. Widely read. Enjoy a variety of musical styles. Often go to the Kennedy Center for symphony. Volunteer usher at four DC theatres. Dance East Coast Swing, Zydeco, Cajun and waltz. Attend many cultural events.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Great travel experiences: four trips into the Amazon Jungle...spening time in romantic Paris...experiencing the remote Choco Coast of Colombia as just a few examples. Great vacations in Viet Nam, Venezuela, Brazil, Turkey, Mexico, Colombia, Europe and more. I usually am away for three to five weeks at a time. I plan my own trips and do not rely on a tour guide. Have volunteered for Vaughan Town in Spain and then "wandered" the country. Hide lived in all the ew England states except Rhode Island, in Boston, near Philadelphia and San Francisco and now in Washington, DC.
Teach, Learn, Share
Always learning, taking classes - wine tasting, travel planning, history, etc. Know DC very well. I have quite a few skills and interests that I will gladly share. Love to interchange ideas with guests.
What I Can Share with Hosts
My in depth knowledge of DC. ...locations of great interest and enjoyment, off the tourist trap route. Swing dancing, Monday Night Blues, Sunday night jazz, Eastern and Union Markets, memorials at night, Great Falls National Park, Maine Avenue Fish Market and more.
Countries I’ve Visited
Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Italy, Martinique, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In