35Tirana, Albania
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My self-summary

I am backpacking through the Balkans/Adriatic Coast this summer (Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania and Greece) and would love a chance to meet with people while on the road.

Right now my plan is to

1) Fly into Ljubljana and explore the city/countryside for a couple days.

2) Take a bus/train down to Zagreb before exploring the city and then heading over to Pula.

3) Head on down to Split and enjoy some of that sweet beach time.

4) Go to Dubrovnik and take in some old-school awesomeness.

5) Bus it down to Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia ,and Albania to take in all that Balkan awesomeness.

6) Fly/ride down to Athens and spend a few days taking in all of the city that I can.

7) Finish my trip with a couple days in Rome before leaving it all behind and going back to work. Ugh!

Any travel tips or recommendations would be very welcome. And as a thank you, the drinks are on me.

#Update Finished#

After spending 3 years in the Netherlands I have moved on and am currently living in Hofuf, Saudi Arabia and teaching English at King Faisal University. Unfortunately its really difficult to meet people here. Fortunately my job allows for lots of traveling around the area which I plan to do for as long as I remain here. So if you see my location jumping around, don't worry, I'm not moving I'm just indulging in my favorite activity, traveling!!

I love backpacking, couchsurfing, meeting people from every corner of the world, and talking about whatever I want while enjoying a glass of beer/wine/tea.

I also love discussing history, politics, science, sports, etc. A good conversation/debate is better then a movie any day of the week.

Before I came here I was living in the Netherlands for three years and completed my Master's Degree in International Relations in Leiden, the Netherlands.

While I was in Europe I was fortunate enough to travel to 13 countries (Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, the UK, and Ireland). I absolutely love to travel and I can't get enough of it. My bucket list is pages long and keeps getting longer.

Before I came to Europe I lived in Asia for 6 years, teaching English, and traveling to as many countries as I could (10 total - China, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia).

Check out my pictures (or better yet, ask me) If you want to know more about me or my adventures across the world.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm currently working as a professor at King Faisal University in Hofuf, Saudi Arabia; but I don't want to go back to America any time soon. So I'm working as a teacher while I apply for the US Foreign Service.
I’m really good at
Traveling to remote corners of the world, having amazing adventures, and making everyone back home insanely jealous.

Massage Therapy, I'm licensed in 2 countries.

Also cooking, I'm a hell of a cook.
The first things people usually notice about me
I've been told that my eyes are pretty intense. But in a rugged intellectual sort of way.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Too long to list for any of these categories, so I'll just give a quick rundown. If you want more details feel free to ask.

Books: Anything historical (especially military and political history), 1984, Harry Potter, My Life, The Da Vinci Code, LOTR, Ender's Game etc etc etc (I love to read).

Movies: The Godfather, The Matrix, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Its a Wonderful Life, Pacific Rim, Predator, 300, etc.

Music: Little bit of everything really, though Classic Rock, Jazz, and Classical are probably highest on my list.

Food: Chinese, Thai, Polish, American, Indian. I'm a simple man, if it tastes good, I'll eat it.
Six things I could never do without
My Kindle (I get bored quickly when I don't have anything to read)
a Lonely Planet guide for wherever the hell I am
My backpack (its always too heavy, but I feel naked without it)
My hard drive (loaded with Doctor Who and The West Wing episodes)
A notebook (I love to write)
A decent internet connection
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Which country to go to next. I'm always happy to hear new ideas too so let me know any good travel tips you have.
On a typical Friday night I am
Usually taking it easy after working all week. I was never big on staying out late, even when it was age-appropriate.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I think everyone should be forced to read "1984"
You should message me if
Lets be honest, if you've read to this point its only because I messaged you already. For some reason you've swallowed the absurd concept that women shouldn't message a man first because it means she's a whore. Bullshit, if you like someone message them, who gives a shit what society thinks.

So the real question is, Should You Message Me Back?

The answer is yes, because you're clearly interested or you wouldn't have read this far. So bite the damn bullet, send me a real message, and maybe we'll hit it off. But it isn't going to happen unless you take that step.
The two of us