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To be a sponge and not sponge others
I like jumping, hollering, laughing, growing, jousting, masticating, waving, squinting, inhaling, sipping, glowing, and zzz-ing. Last year I spent 4 months backpacking solo, and it was a tremendous experience. I went to 15 countries from Europe to Southeast Asia and man, did I come out of that trip with a ton of stories to tell. Now I live in the Netherlands (Eindhoven) for my new job and it's been great so far learning how to live the Dutch life as an American expat. I can't wait to take advantage of being in Europe and all its traveling opportunities! If you're interested in reading about my travel experiences and tips, you can see my blog here: www.changchangtravels.wordpress.comI love and am loved which truly makes me a lucky girl.
To produce more than I consume
To keep it simple
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
"SPREAD THE WORD, COUCHSURFING WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE"
I've met the best and worst people...just like in real life. Except the best are truly the best........! Many thanks to all of my lovely couchsurfing hosts all over the world!!!! Please note: I have 1 negative ref, take the time to read it. A great life example that the CS world isn't perfect. The guy ended up deleting his profile in the end - probably because he felt so guilty and ashamed, as he should!!! I learned that you can never expect the unexpected and you should take the bad with the good. In any case, I will always be a CS advocate, and proud of it :)
Here is a cheat sheet on some of my interests to facilitate light conversation:
-Loooove LIVE MUSIC (jazz, electronica, indie).
-Photography (I'm just beginning w/ my Canon G11)
-Running & Yoga
-FOOD, please teach me to cook your favorite dish!
-Jumping from tall heights
-Unique crazy ass experiences that make go WTF?! This really brings me joy.
-Nerdy things aka video games, science, computers & dinosaurs
- video games
- live music
- scuba diving
- sign language
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: Sufjan Stevens, Freelance Whales, NIZLOPI, Royksopp, Armin van Buren, Daft Punk, Strokes, Phoenix, Thao, Medeski Martin & Wood, Lo-Fi-Fnk, Postal Service...the list goes on...
Movies: Amelie, Elling, and any Wes Anderson films
TV: How I Met Your Mother, Merlin, 30 Rock
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Hung out with a Shaman in the Amazon jungle, scuba diving off an oil rig, jumping off sandy dunes in the Gobi desert, met a 60 year-old Japanese woman that survived the nuclear bomb in Hiroshima, bronze-casted my boob and had it proudly displayed in an art gallery...
Teach, Learn, Share
I learned to speak with my hands until the age of 3. Both of my parents are deaf and so as a result I learned Chinglish Sign Language, a hybrid of Chinese & American sign language that only my parents and I can understand. I can teach you our unique language. Especially the dirty sign words. It's quite useful.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
China, Netherlands, United States