Paul Boyer

Manhattan, KS, USA

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  • Aspiring retiree
  • BA from Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • From Manhattan, KS, USA
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About Me

Quit my job to travel the world in 2015, so sadly cannot host.

(Travel pics here if you're interested:

I've lived in Brazil and Japan before, done a fair amount of traveling in Europe, been to Africa twice, Mexico a couple times, and seen all 50 states in the US. I'm a big fan of taking chances on strangers and connecting with people in unconventional ways.

I lived in San Francisco for 14 years (and hosted many people during that time), but I quit my desk job at the end of 2014 to travel the world and generally take a breather from the rat race. If you need San Francisco (or Northern California) advice, I'm your man.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I love what Couchsurfing stands for, namely, that it's worthwhile to assume the best in others. The community has provided me with some great experiences, most notably a great night in Nairobi and killer company for a Scissor Sisters concert in Portland.


Exploring nature, running, meeting new people, learning, reading, comedy (I have done stand-up and sketch off and on for a number of years now), camping, and nature again.

I really love sitting around campfires. And I also really like looking at big, classical paintings. I can do either one for hours and hours and hours.

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies - Philomena, Fight Club, Dr. Strangelove, Murderball, World's Greatest Dad, The South Park Movie, Life is Beautiful, Old Boy, The Fog of War, King of Kong, City of God, the whole Bourne trilogy, Ken Burns' WWII documentary.
Music - Chromeo, Scissor Sisters, Mika, Tom T. Hall, Willie Nelson, Todd Snider, Oasis, Stone Roses, Def Leppard, Madonna, Yelle, anything danceable.
Books (authors) - John Irving, Philip Roth, Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Lewis, Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Ground zero at Nagasaki, gray whale calving lagoons in Baja, running with the bulls in Pamplona, Yosemite Valley, mountain gorillas in Rwanda, watching a young elephant nurse from its mother in Tanzania, polar bears in the wild in Manitoba, the Paris catacombs (Pro-tip: get there very early, be the first people in line, see them in quiet).

Teach, Learn, Share

Can teach you how to properly tell a joke in front of an audience and how to build a campfire that lights reliably and quickly.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I make excellent french toast (at least that's what it's called in the USA) and am glad to make it for you.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Paraguay, Portugal, Rwanda, Spain, Tanzania, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Brazil, Japan, United States

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