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  • 160 references 91 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning English, French, German
  • 45, Male
  • Member since 2004
  • Journalist
  • Past mistakes, University of Leeds (UK).
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me


Comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.


Originally from Northern California (Sonoma County), I've lived in a number of places. I went to university in the UK and have worked odd jobs in Holland, Czech Republic and (briefly) Kosovo as an overpaid and underqualified English teacher.

Since 2003 I've been a professional journalist working in California, upstate New York and abroad as a freelancer in South Asia and the Caucasus. I work in newspapers, radio and magazines.

I spent much of 2010-11 in Alaska working in community radio (Bristol Bay, Kodiak Island and Dutch Harbor) but have since quit those full-time jobs to be a freelancer based in Istanbul.

But... talking about myself bores me. I'll gladly answer questions when prompted, though.

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"It's better to regret something you have done, rather than something you haven't done."

I think it was the sagely Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers who said that.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


For about a decade, I let strangers into my home, let them sleep on my couch and even feed them. I also slept on strangers' couches and accept their food. I also attend CS meetings once in awhile.

But I am pretty much DONE with CS. So if you want to get in touch, find me on BeWelcome the (imperfect) open-source CS alternative.



Serbia, Syria, Vermont, Quebec, Washington DC, Austria, Norway, New York (state), Nova Scotia, Maine, Massachusetts, Spain, Slovakia, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Turkey, UAE, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Alaska, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Greece, Mexico, Russia, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Iraq, Romania, Kenya - in that order.


Pretty much everything aside from celebrity gossip.

  • dining
  • teaching
  • freelancing
  • journalism

Music, Movies, and Books

W. Somerset Maugham, Philip K. Dick, George Orwell, Sinclair Lewis, A.A. Milne, Franklin W. Dixon.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I've thrown a peanut up into the air and caught it in my mouth on the third or fourth try.


Teach, Learn, Share

Obfuscate, Forget, Hoard.

What I Can Share with Hosts


Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, Norway, Palestine, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Czech Republic, Germany, Kosovo, Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

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