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I love learning (just about anything), exercise, and new experiences whether they be pleasant or unpleasant at the time. I think being happy is worth more than being rich, and I believe that being happy means being courageous at times. I want to end my life knowing I made some big mistakes, because that'll mean I've taken risks. I live pretty minimally, value good conversation, and respect self-discipline and self-understanding. I don't tend to be impressed by much but can find something to appreciate in almost any situation.
In general I try to avoid extremes and recognize the value in all sides of an argument. I think the Desiderata is one of the most beautiful expressions of a healthy outlook on life. Also, I'm a huge fan of quotes:
Far better it is to dare might things than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
In a year of travel I had the opportunity to couchsurf with 25 hosts while meeting hundreds (no joke) of surfers along the way in twelve countries. It was utterly fantastic and now I look forward to sharing the love with others.
In the course of a year of travel, I've had the chance to share so many people's homes, to meet or travel with scores of surfers, to attend a medley of events, and all the while I absolutely loved the diversity of the experiences-- so many amazingly interesting people! So many opportunities to learn and grow! I really enjoyed the opportunity to experience how other people live and to share in their lives, if only for a little while.
Learning (anything and everything), rock climbing, self-discipline and understanding myself, swimming and running, green spaces, reading (classics, history, academic things), exercise, long walks, philosophy, cooking, and especially eating.
Music, Movies, and Books
Books-- A River Runs Through It, A Clockwork Orange, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, The Stranger, 1984, East Of Eden, The Lord of the Rings.
Movies/TV-- I don't watch many movies but I usually find myself enjoying them when I do. I haven't intentionally watched TV in years.
Music-- some of everything, but particularly alternative pop like The Decemberists, more mellow folky music like Iron & Wine, or pop rock like Motion City Soundtrack.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
::Sailing down the Mexican coast from Mazatlán to Puerto Vallarta, then participating in a 60-boat regata
::Hiking to Everest Base Camp in sports sandals and without a jacket (also: reading War and Peace on the way)
::Seeing the Pyramids, then a month later walking through the streets of Jerusalem
But more than anything: challenging myself to a year of independent solo travel. challenging myself to experience uncommon things, to test my boundaries, to learn, and to grow. challenging myself to embrace the gentle indifference of the world and to see my place within it.
Teach, Learn, Share
-Math, physics, or science in general, as well as various business things nowadays
-some parts of history (though not too much)
-English and English grammar
-how to cook your favorite food(s)
-violin (but you'll have to bring one yourself)
-a very atypical perspective on US politics
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Belize, Cambodia, Canada, Egypt, France, India, Israel, Italy, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Palestine, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Ecuador, Germany, United States