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ANNE SHAPIRO

Berkeley, CA, United States

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Overview

  • 15 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning French, German, Greek (modern), Indonesian, Italian
  • 73, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • SINGER, TEACHER, SPIRITUAL SEEKER
  • WISE ELDERS, ESPECIALLY SPIRITUAL TE...
  • From I WAS BORN IN NEW JERSEY, GREW UP IN CALIFORNIA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

BE OPEN , STAY PRESENT, LEARN, LOVE, SING, SHARE

ABOUT ME

I AM A GENTLE, QUIET PERSON, SENSITIVE, ARTISTIC, SERIOUS, LOVE TO LAUGH.
I LIVE IN BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA, MOST OF THE YEAR, SPEND THE WINTER MONTHS IN MEXICO, AM GRADUALLY MOVING TOWARDS SPENDING MORE TIME IN MEXICO, WHERE THE CLIMATE AND PEOPLE ARE WARM AND WELCOMING. I WOULD LIKE TO LIVE IN AN INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY THERE,IN THE MOUNTAINS NEAR THE BEACH.
RETIRED AFTER MANY YEARS OF TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE, I NOW HAVE MORE TIME TO PURSUE MY PASSION, CLASSICAL SINGING. IN THE LAST FEW YEARS I HAVE FOCUSED ON ART SONGS FROM SPAIN AND LATIN AMERICA, AS I WORK ON MY SPANISH.
I LOVE MEETING PEOPLE FROM AND LEARNING ABOUT OTHER CULTURES, AND SPEAKING OTHER LANGUAGES. I AM FAIRLY FLUENT IN SPANISH, CAN ALSO SPEAK FRENCH, SOME GERMAN, ITALIAN, GREEK, INDONESIAN. I HAVE TRAVELED IN EUROPE, ASIA AND LATIN AMERICA OVER THE YEARS.
I WALK AND RIDE MY BICYCLE FOR TRANSPORTATION AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, SWIM AND DO YOGA TO KEEP FIT.
I AM ON A SPIRITUAL PATH THAT HELPS ME TO STAY CENTERED AND LOOK FOR THE TRUTH OF EVERY SITUATION.
IF YOU COME TO BERKELEY, I MAY BE ABLE TO PUT YOU UP IN THE LITTLE BACK ROOM OF MY COTTAGE, WHERE THERE IS A STUDIO COUCH BIG ENOUGH FOR ONE PERSON, AND MAYBE SHOW YOU AROUND (DEPENDING ON MY TIME AND YOUR INTERESTS).

PHILOSOPHY

I BELIEVE WE ARE HERE TO LEARN FROM OUR EXPERIENCES, THAT WE GET WHAT WE NEED IN LIFE IN ORDER TO LEARN WHAT WE NEED TO LEARN. SO I TRY TO WELCOME EVERY EXPERIENCE AND LEARN THE LESSON IT OFFERS ME.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

GUEST AND HOST

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

HAVE HOSTED TRAVELERS FROM AUSTRALIA, HOLLAND, SWITZERLAND AND THE U.S., AND STAYED WITH PEOPLE IN PHILADELPHIA, MONTREAL, VICTORIA AND MORELIA. IT'S BEEN GREAT!

Interests

MUSIC (CLASSICAL, FOLK, WORLD), SPIRITUALITY, LANGUAGE, TRAVEL, TENNIS, OTHER CULTURES

Music, Movies & Books

I ENJOY BOOKS AND MOVIES ABOUT PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AND RELATIONSHIPS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THERE IS A BICULTURAL ELEMENT, ALSO SPIRITUAL BOOKS. CLASSICAL, LATIN, FOLK, WORLD MUSIC, INDIAN CHANTING

One Amazing Thing I've Done

END OF APARTHEID IN SOUTH AFRICA, NELSON MANDELA FREED AND MADE LEADER OF THE COUNTRY!
BERLIN WALL COMING DOWN, END OF SOVIET UNION!
I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SEE THESE IN MY LIFETIME.

Teach, Learn, Share

I HOPE TO TEACH, BY EXAMPLE MORE THAN WORDS, THE POWER OF STAYING OPEN AND PRESENT TO WHATEVER IS HAPPENING. I ASPIRE TO BE THIS WAY ALL THE TIME-- AND TO FORGIVE MYSELF, AND OTHERS, WHEN WE ARE NOT. I CAN ALSO TEACH LANGUAGE (ENGLISH, SPANISH, FRENCH) AND MUSIC (SINGING, READING NOTES, ETC). I ENJOYING SHARING MY EXPERIENCES OF TRAVELING AND LIVING IN OTHER CULTURES, AND OF MY WORK AS A TEACHER.

Countries I've Visited

Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Peru, Spain, Thailand

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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