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Alison Baggen

Cambridge, MA, United States

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Overview

  • 44 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Hebrew (modern), Malagasy, Spanish, Turkish
  • 27, Female
  • Member since 2010
  • I architect things
  • B.S. in Architecture and Masters of ...
  • From born in Philadelphia, grew up outside Boston
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

go places

ABOUT ME

Hello there!
I'm 27, finished my architecture degree in Boston in 2012. I'm super outgoing, friendly, love meeting new people, trying new things, and seeing new places. I love cities, people, outdoors, reading, traveling, architecture, interesting food, good coffee, provoking beers, most politics, critical social issues, sports (particularly swimming, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, and skiing).

I am leaving for Madagascar in February 2015 as Peace Corps Volunteer, which I'm super excited for!!

Always ready for something new. if i havent already been to you city i look forward to getting there someday!

I'm super optimistic and see opportunity in everything.

PHILOSOPHY

to boldly go where many others have gone before

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I attend weekly meetings whenever possible, often I cannot host due to living with many non-cs roomates. Although I love meeting up with locals and foreigners alike to show them around or grab a beer. I always utilize the site when moving to a new city, I have found it is the perfect way of meeting new friends when you don't know the area. CS-ers are kind, open, interested in showing you around and showing you off to their friends, and adventurous.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I began my couchsurfing experience when I moved to Istanbul, and first met my friend Rados. He changed my world by bringing me to a meeting and I will always be grateful to him! I met tons of amazing people and got to do incredible things because of the organization. I will always try to meet a couchsurfer if I can.

Interests

traveling, learning, talking, reading, meeting
swimming, photography, anything outdoors, sports
environment, architecture, photography, exploring. in no particular order

i want to make myself a better person in every way, especially in the fields listed above.

Music, Movies & Books

anything everything, as long as i can learn something from it
but in general:
movies - fight club, boondock saints, blow, gladiator, monty python, back to the future (all 3), best in show, shawshank redemption, bourne anything, cool runnings, matilda, saving private ryan, lord of the rings,etc.

music - john butler trio, dispatch, state radio, the who, the beatles, led zeppelin, jimi hendrix, bob dylan, the kinks, kings of leon, arcade fire, parov stelar, mumford & sons, of monsters and men, florence & the machine, wolfgang amadeus mozart, ludwig van beethoven, bon iver, eminem, bob marley, and anything like the above.

books - three cups of tea (despite the negative publicity, i believe in the message), moutains beyond mountains, strength in what remains, what is the what, anything by jonathan safron foer or bill bryson, crime and punishment, animal farm, farhrenheit 451, huckleberry finn, devil in the white city, and so many others i can't think of right now. i am always reading at least two books

One Amazing Thing I've Done

-sat alone in the negev desert in israel for an hour pondering life
-watched the sun rise on cadillac mountain (acadia national park, maine), the first point on the eastern US coast to see the sun
-climbed a old sulfuric volcano in italy
-oktoberfest 2010!
-walked from asia to europe (istanbul, boğazici bridge, 10/2010)
-helped plan the Balkan Mafia CS meeting in Istanbul in 2009
http://www.couchsurfing.org/meetings.html?mid=92291

-helped plan the boston cs couchcrash in 2011

I thought these were pretty cool. i cant wait to experience new amazing things :)

Teach, Learn, Share

I would like to think i know a thing or two about architecture, environmental conservation, sanitation engineering, outdoor sports, traveling, english (I only speak 1 language unfortunately, hope im pretty good at it!)
I will always be a student in my heart and will always be interested in learning something new, or relearning something with which I thought I was already familiar

Countries I've Visited

Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Turkey

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, Italy, Turkey, United States

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