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Laura Driscoll

Berkeley, California, United States

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Overview

  • 3 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning French
  • 31, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • Nonprofit employee / Photographer / ...
  • B.A. and M.A.
  • From Menlo Park, California
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To help the world adjust to climate change and learn to live in peace. (Trite? I wake up every day and hope not!)

ABOUT ME

I laugh a lot, and I like meeting new people and exploring the world. I'm naturally pretty quiet and happy keeping to myself, but I also love to hang out with good people whenever possible. I've been lucky enough to live and work all over the world, and my family and friends know me as the one who is always off exploring some far away place and learning a new language. Whether at home or abroad, I like to go running, biking, camping and exploring, experiment in the kitchen, walk everywhere and try anything once, photograph, read and watch movies, dance to absolutely anything, and have silly adventures with friends.

PHILOSOPHY

To be low-impact (socially, environmentally, etc.) and to always try to leave things better. Smile at someone who looks sad, offer directions to a lost person, give my leftover food to a hungry person, and generally live the way I hope more people will.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

My living situation makes hosting a bit of a challenge: my apartment is small, I have 2 cats, and my "couch" is really a compact loveseat. But if you really need a spot I can try to help. I'm always willing to give advice about San Francisco and the East Bay areas (it's awesome here!), and might be able to meet for coffee if what you need is a friendly face to welcome you to the area.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I surfed in summer of 2011 and met lots of fantastic people all around France. It was a wonderful way to travel, and I think I would not have had nearly as great a trip without this community. Nothing makes you feel welcome and happy in a new town more than local people who are willing to offer great helpings of kindness. Nowadays back home in my little flat with two four-legged roommates, I'm giving advice and sharing possible lodging with current surfers. Since I live alone, I give preference to females, and preference to those who have at least a few ratings from other CS community members.

Interests

Hiking, running, biking, dancing, good beer and wine, photography, music, travel, archaeology.

Music, Movies & Books

Shantaram, Cutting for Stone, The Poisonwood Bible, The English Patient, Crossing Open Ground, Pastwatch.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Surfed a giant sand dune in northern Chile.

Teach, Learn, Share

I have language and art skills I am happy to share, which I have been building all my life. I am a do-it-yourselfer, so I'm always up for fixing things, building things, or finding creative ways to use the tools at hand to solve a problem in a non-traditional way. I also love cooking and baking, and creative writing. I am becoming a repository of random scientific knowledge now in my career (mostly environmental), so maybe that will come in handy too. I am always glad to learn new cooking tricks, play music, and maybe pick up knot-tying for all uses...

Countries I've Visited

Chile, Guatemala, India, Tanzania, United Republic of, Thailand

Countries I've Lived In

Peru, United States

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