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  • 42 References 31 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Turkish
  • 34, Male
  • Member since 2008
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  • B.S. Sustainable Ag.
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About Me

Raised & homeschooled in Boston 'burbs + 12 years in rural Maine. Have done seasonal agricultural work, student-managed a CSA farm, lived on a seabird island, produced outreach videos for researchers, and rambled from Alaska to Iraq. Sometimes when you wander in the deserts of the soul you end up planting yourself in the desert to learn to thrive. Still figuring out what to do when I grow up. An urban hermit of sorts, I strive imperfectly to stay in touch with nature in my tiny but wonderful backyard and on those special occasions when rides to the mountains materialize. Sometimes i surf my backyard couch just because i can.

Writing happens sometimes on my blog www.ramblingwejak.blogspot.com Sometimes i gig as a contradance caller www.tavimerrill.com

Life is a river, it courses through us like a warm wind left over from a tropical storm. When i dip my hands in - i know ever better that i cannot hold it, but i can feel the current.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

Everyone has their own CS style. We have different needs at different times as we journey. Sometimes it's about sharing experiences and cultural exchange. Other times a body just needs a place to crash.

As a surfer i work to respect my hosts; as a host, to be flexible, whether you need someone to show you around or if you just want quiet space and a pillow. I welcome first-time CSers, seasoned world travellers and everyone between.


Home ownership, gymming, growing and cooking food, writing, playing backgammon, photography and filmmaking, music (singing, piano, violin)

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Babel, C.R.A.Z.Y., Contact, In the Name Of, Kebab Connection, Le Fate Ignoranti, Waltz with Bashir, Inception, A Single Man, Skyfall, Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Cloud Cult, Clean Bandit, Hundred Waters, Watsky, Tycho, Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Ros, Junip, The War on Drugs, Bruce Peninsula, Arstidir, The Deadly Gentlemen, Peatbog Faeries, Old Blind Dogs, Brooks & Dunn, Josh Turner, Sneaker Pimps, Owsey, Fijiwiji, Suduaya, Engima, Mercan Dede, Ivri Lider

The Alchemist, Le Petit Prince, Tao te Ching, Up From Eden (& other Ken Wilber), A Sand County Almanac, Sex Economy Freedom and Community (& other Wendell Berry), Ancient Futures

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Working on 6-hectare Petit Manan Island as a research assistant trapping and measuring terns, i saw more than a thousand terns mobbing two bald eagles as the eagles tried to snag an eider chick. A black-backed gull snuck in to try its own luck. Puffins, guillemots, terns, and peregrine falcons were our daily company, as i counted seabirds from atop the lighthouse.

**hosting 12 CSers en route from Vancouver to Rio de Janiero on the World Cup Bus**

Teach, Learn, Share

Isn't it cool how sometimes we learn by teaching others? I think of this as a continuum of sharing with teach at one end and learn at the other. I by no means have mastery of any of these but the closer it is to the teach end, the more i have to share with confidence.

Teach: Writing (esp. creative nonfiction), music theory, violin and piano technique, contradance, seed saving, organic ag, strength training, simple healthy cooking, bicycle maintenance, basic yoga, motorcycle maintenance, political science, finance: Learn

I didn't know "how to change a tire" was something i should put on this list until i got a flat on the way to Chiracahua Nat'l Monument with two CSers from Ukraine.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I'm a storyteller and a talker. Happy to swap travel tales and delve into deep conversations and rare, precious deeper silences. But i'm not really that zen.

I'm always impressed by surfers who come with a memento of their provenance. A better self would do that. My style is offering to pick up groceries you need, cooperative cooking and if you drink, showing up with a six-pack to toast to acquaintance. Let me know your beverage preference, including non-alc.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Denmark, Georgia, Iceland, Iraq, Sweden, Turkey, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Turkey, United States

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