Tag Archive for Couchsurfing

Lessons From Couchsurfing: More Trust, Less Fear

Couchsurfing party on a much more hopeful election night in 2008.

I’m writing this in the wake of the United Kingdom’s referendum to leave the European Union. No one really knows the full implications of what this means for the future of Britain, the EU, or the global economy. The one…

The Strange Places I’ve Called Home: Part 3, Knoxville

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Check out my first two parts of my “Strange Places I’ve Called Home” series: Milwaukee, and South Florida.  At first blush, Knoxville seems like an odd fit for a boy like me. It is conservative and religious, and I am…

Behold, The Wonders of Couchsurfing!

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In the midst of catching up with our couchsurfing friends Alex and Fernanda, from Peru and Chile, respectively, Christine turned to me and said, “This is so great, even I want to write a blog about it!” Hint taken, and…

Knoxville Couchsurfers: Finding My Way Back Home

An excellent back-of-the-menu sketch by Carla.

I could rightfully consider Knoxville, Tennessee home as much as any other spot on Earth. I’ve lived there 12 years, far longer than any other place. I went to high school and college there. I have a more fond memories…

The Gospel of Mark

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Just over two years ago, I met my first real friend in Korea, a couchsurfer from England, Mark. We first contacted each other through the Seoul couchsurfing message board, and shortly thereafter met up in Hongdae for drinks and random shenanigans.…

How does one say “Baseball” in French?

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This is the latest installment of my on-going narrative of my experience with Couchsurfing. The full story can be found here.  Say what you will about Milwaukee in winter, but in summer, the city truly comes alive. Well, it comes…

The Furriest Couchsurfer

The Furriest Couchsurfer

This is the latest installment of my on-going narrative of my experience with Couchsurfing. The full story can be found here.  The other day, while talking to my mom, she posed the following question, “How difficult was it to get…

The Mexican in the Snowstorm

The snow came up well over my knee.

This is the latest installment of my on-going narrative of my experience with Couchsurfing. The full story can be found here.  When I’m asked about my home, my natural inclination is to talk about Tennessee. Friends and family alike openly…

Election Night, 2008

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This is the latest installment of my on-going narrative of my experience with Couchsurfing. The full story can be found here.  Within a few scant months I felt at home around the Milwaukee group of couchsurfers, even if I was…

Leaving Knoxvegas

Lakefront Brewery: A friend to Couchsurfers

This is the latest installment of my on-going narrative of my experience with Couchsurfing. The full story can be found here.  Despite all of the complaints I could levy against the South and Tennessee–and there are many–I still consider it…

Courtney the Supersurfer

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On paper, Courtney, the Milwaukee Couchsurfing Ambassador, and I could not be more different. She is a woman of strong faith, whereas I am firmly and openly in the other camp. She is energetic, positive, and has a career. I,…

Bring on the Scandinavians!

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This is the latest installment of my on-going narrative of my experience with Couchsurfing. The full story can be found here.  Were I to list my favorite couchsurfers to host, those hailing from Denmark, Sweden, and Norway would be the…