Alison Haywood

Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

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  • Student, journalist
  • College - Master's degree (in progress)
  • From Enumclaw, WA
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About Me

Alison here. American native, currently studying in Hamburg, Germany. I fell in love with international travel during a high school exchange program in 2009 and have been jumping at every chance to go to Europe I get. I like yoga, gardening, aged cheeses, cycling, chocolate, and vegetarianism. When I'm traveling I like to have a good mixture of spending time with friends (new or old), sightseeing or going to museums or events, and cozy evenings spent in bars and cafes, writing in my journal or having deep conversations with friends. Oh, and the occasional crazy party night going out dancing ;-) My travel blog is

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing is a great way to meet people, make friends, and see aspects of a city you wouldn't otherwise see. Oh, and saving money's nice, too!


I love international travel - it's a great experience to learn about other people and cultures. Summers, when I have free time, I enjoy reading, writing, hiking, gardening, spending time outdoors and spending time with friends. I like figuring out how to play songs I know on the guitar. I also play piano and pipe organ. My current goal: I want to be a foreign correspondent for the Washington Post living in Berlin, writing for blogs and magazines like iHeartBerlin and The ExBerliner and TAZ, and dancing burlesque on the side (: It's a lofty goal I know, but I get a little bit closer every year!

Music, Movies, and Books

A Song of Ice and Fire, A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, A Clockwork Orange, Atlas Shrugged, Slaughterhouse Five, Harry Potter series, Lemony Snicket books.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I took a two-week organ tour in north Germany and Holland in January 2012 with my organ professor and three other student organists. I played some pretty cool instruments, including the big organ at the Martinikerk in Groningen, NL and the Jacobikirche in Hamburg, DE.

Teach, Learn, Share

I could teach you how to speak English or German, or play guitar or piano, or how to plant a garden, or how to build a fire.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Delicious vegetarian (sometimes vegan!) cooking, good conversations about social justice and the way of the world, cheap wine, artisan cheeses, my trusty bicycle...

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Bahamas, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Denmark, Germany, United States

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