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I'm a lover of life. I try to place emphasis on experience over materialism. I love to laugh and to give and am constantly trying to make my ego a less dominant part of my life. I'm currently just resettling into the US after 7.5 years traveling the world, learning from all its fascinating people and cultures.
The purpose of my life is to compassionately allay suffering in as many people as possible. One of the best ways to do this is by being an excellent listener and by meditating and/or doing yoga as frequently as possible. In this way anyone can enter, even if briefly, into enlightenment and realize their connection to all people, all things, all life.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I joined 2 years into a 7.5 year journey around the world. After staying with so many people and learning about their cultures I have now resettled in the US and have opened my home to surfers.
I've had nothing but wonderful experiences all around the world. Being invited to stay with people in their homes is one of the best things life has to offer.
I've "officially" surfed with people in Finland, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Malaysia, U.S.A., Brazil, Mexico, England, Poland, San Marino, Italy, Malta, The Gambia, Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Burundi, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Singapore, and many others.
Meditation (Vipassana), Yoga (Sivananda Hatha), Music (I'm a drummer), Travel Photography, Reading (I minored in literature in University), Film (grew up in Park City Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival), Travel (obviously), sport.
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: Manon of the Spring (French), Bubble (American), Amelie (French), Team America World Police (American Satire), Monty Python and The Holy Grail (Brittish), Citizen Cane (American), Black Swan (American).
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I have periodically been able to enjoy private and even shared moments of enlightenment, where mind stops and greater consciousness rises up. AMAZING!
Teach, Learn, Share
Never allow your cat to eat Stargazer Lilly flowers (they are toxic to the kidneys and can kill) or your dog to eat raisins (same thing).
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, American Samoa, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Norway, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Réunion, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, United States