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I can't host at the moment because I'm far from my apartment.. I left Korea in December 2014, and have been bouncing around since then - Czech, Hungary, UAE, Bahrain, Pakistan, Jordan, Qatar, New Zealand, USA, Greece, Guam, Taiwan, Mexico, Cuba, Bolivia, Chile, Panama... you get the picture. I'll update my address when I settle in my next location.
Out Exploring the world, one footstep at a time
All about me... I'm not much of a braggart, so this might not be the best forum for me to write in. But I'm doing well in life, traveled well, gainfully employed and in good health. I often travel with my mountain bike, hiking boots, scuba gear and occasionally my skis. So as you can imagine, outdoors, sports and exploration are key parts of my life.
Old enough to know better, too young to care
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Due to my own travel situations, I do not always ask to be hosted. But I do make every attempt to assist those passing through my area. I always enjoy using CS as a social network in the destinations that I'm traveling/living in.
I don't know why this site says I've hosted only 88 people... In reality I've hosted closer to 300.
Hosting vs. surfing ratio is lopsided more than 20:1
One weekend, I hosted over 6 people and was hosted myself!! Four were arranged CS'ers, but when I met them in the street there were another two travelers who they had met on the bus who could not find a hostel... so all stayed at my place. They stayed while I visited Zaragoza for a fiesta. Thankfully a CS'er hosted me there! ---
I've also had CS'er friends come visit me in the hospital after breaking my heel, and many doubled back on their travels to help me at home!! From hospital visits, to household help, to shopping and from simply being my sanity check during my ~4 months being house bound, there is no better group! Great family!!
While living in Ulsan, South Korea, the most I ever hosted at one time was 16 people (and a dog)! A couple teams of people were visiting my fair city for a dragon boat tournament.
I've returned to cities simply because of the people I've met. I've attended weddings, parties and family functions of CS'ers. Its a great way to not only learn the destinations, but understand the people too.
I routinely travel with hiking boots, mountain bike, skis and/or snowboard. I prefer getting off the beaten track and seeing nature where man has not left too many foot prints.
But with all things, I enjoy experiencing other cultures also. Traveling alone and for long periods of time allows greater chances to be absorbed by locals around you. This to me is more invaluable than any trait one could put on their CV's.
- outdoor activities
- scuba diving
- track and field
Music, Movies, and Books
I read a book once. One that didn't even have any pictures!!
Music to me is less a definition of myself, and more a soundtrack that keeps me company along the way.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
The list is long and thankfully still getting longer. I'm a nature junkie, so have found myself face to face with all kinds of wild animals from whales to bears great white sharks. I've hitchhiked through Turkey, seen the inside of Chinese jail, been in armored convoys through Pakistan...
Teach, Learn, Share
So far I have visited 80+ countries, Antarctica and all US states. I'd be happy to share any insights or anecdotes about any of them.
The places that I listed on my map as having "lived" in, were for periods of time 3 months or longer.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I tell you what I can't offer - grandma's home cooking or 5-star butler service.
Countries I’ve Visited
Andorra, Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Fiji, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guam, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Luxembourg, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, North Korea, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Brazil, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Romania, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States