Mike Spangler

Benicia, CA, United States

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  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 57, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Occupational Safety, Environmental Compliance
  • Military, Traveling & 4 years college
  • From Harrisburg, PA USA
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About Me


To see most cultures and countries/regions of the world as I have an insatiable curiousity.


I joined the USAF at 17 as I was bored & had ambitions to fly planes & travel. I volunteered for worldwide relocation when I was in California & I ended up in Spain!! Think of the remote places I could have been sent! I partied in Pamplona's San Fermin, drank the liquor & tinto, socialized every night at the bars in Zaragoza, rode my motorcycle all over Spain, partied at Sitges (place was not gay then), traveled on Eurail Pass for 60 days, celebrated October Fest, etc. I accidentally ended up in East Germany (in 1979 before wall came down) by falling a sleep on a Moscow-bound train & got into a scuffle with an East German conductor because I had no Marks, all as I was just waking up! When I returned to USA, I flew on C-141B cargo aircraft in the USAF all over the Pacific. Left military 1984, went to college & started a career. I started traveling again in 1993.


Live now! Find a career/job that you like & you are retired if you make the time to do the things you would do if you were retired. Forget "When I retire, I'm gonna..." Some people experience a paradigm shift that compels them to enjoy life to the fullest. Unfortunately, often it takes something terrible in your life to experience the paradigm shift.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Well, I'm brand new to the community. I would be happy to orientate people to the S.F. Bay Area to make their trip go smoother, thus more enjoyable.


Couch? um, I've slept in a playground during Oktoberfest, in trains, in cars, under bridges, in the snow, on the beach, in an attic during a hurricane, in a cave, under a bridge, hostels, or just never went to bed, you name it. Had couch experiences abroad long before CS, but I'm a newbie as CS'r. But really, the couch is about meeting people & learning, not sleeping on it!


Traveling, talking to the locals (emphasis), eating the food, turning over rocks to find out the "real deal" and why it is that way.

Music, Movies, and Books

I don't read fiction; I watch documentaries on TV & news shows like 20/20, 60 minutes, Dateline, etc. I like live music, (but not country). I do a lot of reading on the internet learning & investigating issues.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Oh geez, too many to just pick out a couple. This is what happens when you get older.

I did experience "Saint Elmo's Fire" on a stormy night over France in a military cargo plane while descending & navigating around severe storm cells. It was freaky. Using radar, I guided us around all the dangerous cells (painted in red), but there were still severe turbulents, super bright flashes & arcing of electricity we could see over the windows on the inside!

Countries I’ve Visited

Andorra, Argentina, Aruba, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, South Korea, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Venezuela

Countries I’ve Lived In

Spain, United States

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