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Overview

  • 1 Reference 1 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • 35, Female
  • Member since 2012
  • Graduate student (PhD) in Plant Pathology
  • Bachelors of Arts and Music - biochemistry and violin per...
  • From near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Profile 85% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Expand my mental photo album of cultural smiles...or something like that :)

ABOUT ME

Physically speaking, I'm female, tall, blond with blue eyes. My personality is outgoing, but genuine, however, I've been known to talk too much. I love to converse and meet new people, and tend to be overly generous (especially with the use of my car). I am always curious, but also laid back and non-judgmental (at least I try). I love to learn about different cultures, and especially other languages.

PHILOSOPHY

complete honesty

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

host, surf, meet, greet, help, have a good time...

Interests

My two focuses in life are music and science. In addition to a graduate student at Cornell University where I study plant pathology, I am also a professional violinist. However, these days most of my extracurricular time is spent dancing tango. I love the outdoors, including gardening, hiking, camping, boating, and rock-climbing and will always be up for an adventure, even if it means getting dirty.

  • dancing
  • tango
  • gardening
  • boating
  • music
  • violin
  • outdoor activities
  • hiking
  • camping
  • rock climbing
  • languages
  • science

Music, Movies, and Books

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen; Brahms Clarinet Quintet; The Great Gatsby

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

1. A two-week boat trip down the Amazon River in Brazil with only a hammock to sleep in.
2. Presenting my field research findings to a small community of subsistence farmers in Brazil.
3. Hour long photo-shoot with a pack of spider monkeys on Barro Colorado Island in the Panama Canal.

Teach, Learn, Share

i want to learn languages. maybe that's my real mission...how many can i collect in my lifetime?

i have to offer: well, i'll tell you about my research until your ear falls off (that is, plant-fungal interactions), but i can also give you a violin lesson, or teach you some tango and salsa.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Spain, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Brazil, Panama, United States

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