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Lily Karabaic

Portland, OR, United States

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Overview

  • 14 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French, German, Sign Language - American
  • 28, Female
  • Member since 2006
  • Transportation Activist, Student
  • I'm currently back at school studyin...
  • From Cincinnati, OH, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Trying to suck less at languages

ABOUT ME

I'm currently back at school studying economics (transportation focus) at Reed College. I'm a midwest refugee living in Portland, Oregon. Since I left the midwest, I have lived in an 8-foot cardboard geodome, at a Catholic Worker house, two housing co-ops (one small and one large), in a homestead in rural India, in Berlin, and at a "hippie commune." I recently lived in a dome that I built out of recycled materials. I ride a hot pink & yellow cargo bike 32 km (20 miles) a day to and from campus..

I like to volunteer, make zines, swing on trapezes, tango dance, eat and grow food, and take pictures. I cook food and I ride bikes a lot. I write good letters and if you want to write me a letter, I'll write back.

PHILOSOPHY

Every minute on a bike is a minute spent in perfect balance.

"Hope is not what we seek out in evidence, but what we become in action." - Frances Moore Lappe

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I have surfed all over Europe, hosted quite a lot in the past. Right now I'm trying to do "brunch parties" and invite travelers/hosts over more than I'm doing hosting.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

no-couch couch-surfing, collective space surfing, lots of cats couch surfing, tent couch surfing, tree platform-no-couch-surfing... Hopefully many more.

I've hosted a bunch of couchsurfers through the collective house I lived at in Eugene, OR but have been moving too often to host in the past few years. Now we mostly host touring cyclists. I've surfed in many places in Europe and a little in the US and I LOVE CS.

In the summer of 2010, I traveled to India (via Switzerland). We stayed with local families for the three months while we were there, and in Zurich we couchsurfed and met lots of local couchsurfing hosts and travellers at the couchsurfing meetup.

Interests

Trains, bikes, economics, vegan food, gardens, and volunteering.

Music, Movies & Books

Ooof. In short: the last one I read.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

In my life I have: started a non-profit, lived and worked for a summer in India, biked down the Pacific coast, worked as a live-in social worker at a radical Catholic Worker house, helped organize the largest naked bike ride in the world, seen a child be born, fixed many people's computers, and built a zine library catalog.

Teach, Learn, Share

Vegan cooking, sustainable and natural building, transportation, economics, environmental politics, catholic workers, bicycle advocacy, permaculture, pollution.

I know how to do tricks on ice skates and trapeze, and love to share. I can teach ANYONE how to ride a bicycle if they don't know how.

I'm queer and love to host/surf with drag queens, drag kings, transfolk, queers, bois, queens, genderfuckers, and gays of all sorts. I like learning about queer culture (especially underground) in other countries/cities.

I like to practice and learn more French, Greek, and German.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, India, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

Germany, India, United States

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