April Xiong

Jericho, NY, USA

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  • traveller, of the world; traveller, of self
  • NYU Abu Dhabi Class of 2014
  • From Jericho, NY, USA
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About Me


a girl out in the world destined to whirl all around like a hip-hop pearl

I love to sleep, to dance, to play the piano. I love animals, I love laughing, I love tea. I love the sunrise, I love the moon, I love the light of a streetlamp in the rain. I love the ocean, I love breathlessness, I love getting lost somewhere strange. I love the smell of fresh air, I love music in the streets, I love dreaming...

Something I wrote that's very personal to me: http://therumpus.net/2012/01/where-i-write-21-on-the-edge-of-sky-and-sea/


“"Imagine a cell in darkness and the inmates of the cell are shackled together. Every morning at dawn, the door opens and the person at the end of the line is taken out and executed and the door is closed. Those left behind read their fate in the opening and closing of the door every day...What do we do during those 24 hours between the opening and closing of the door? Do we cry? Or do we tap the next person in the chain and say 'What's your name? I'm Athol Fugard. Who are you?' And that's how we create meaning. At the end of my process you are waiting. And that is the act of faith. That is the hope that every artist has."
- Athol Fugard

"April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain."
- T.S. Eliot, "The Waste Land," 1922

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live mad to talk mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing but burn burn burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'awww!'"
- Jack Kerouac, "On the Road"

"“'I wish it need not have happened in my time,' said Frodo.

'So do I,' said Gandalf, 'and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.'"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Fellowship of the Ring"

"La vida es como la espuma, por eso hay que darse como el mar."
- Alfonso y Carlos Cuarón, "Y tu mamá también"

"You're gonna carry that weight."
- Keiko Nobumoto & Shinichiro Watanabe, "Cowboy Bebop"

"In a world in which life so perfectly responds to life, where flowers mingle with flowers in the wind's eye, where the swan is the familiar of all swans, man alone builds his isolation. What a space between men their spiritual natures create! A girl's reverie isolates her from me, and how shall I enter into it? What can one know of a girl who passes, walking with slow steps homeward, eyes lowered, smiling to herself, filled with adorable inventions and with fables? Out of the thoughts, the voice, the silences of a lover, she can form an empire, and thereafter she sees in all the world but him a people of barbarians. More surely than if she were on another planet, I feel her to be locked up in her language, in her secret, in her habits, in the singing echoes of her memory. Born yesterday of the volcanoes, of greenswards, of brine of the sea, she walks here already half divine.

Punta Arenas! I lean against a fountain. Old women come up to draw water: of their drama I shall know nothing but these gestures of farm servants. A child, his head against a wall, weeps in silence: there will remain of him in my memory only a beautiful child forever inconsolable. I am a stranger. I know nothing. I do not enter into their empires. Man in the presence of man is as solitary as in the face of a wide winter sky in which there sweeps, never to be tamed, a flight of trumpeting geese."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery, "Wind, Sand and Stars"

“I have always lived violently, drunk hugely, eaten too much or not at all, slept around the clock or missed two nights of sleeping, worked too hard and too long in glory, or slobbed for a time in utter laziness. I've lifted, pulled, chopped, climbed, made love with joy and taken my hangovers as a consequence, not as a punishment.”
― John Steinbeck, "Travels With Charley: In Search of America"

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I have been hosted by extremely awesome and wonderful people, but haven't hosted anyone yet, due to a serious lack of stable living arrangements. I really would love to host whenever I manage to settle down somewhere, though, for any significant period of time!

I will have a conversation with anyone. I love meeting new people. I love CouchSurfing. Hopefully in the future I will be able to more truly participate in this wonderful project! :)


Couchsurfed in: Spain (Barcelona, Sevilla, Madrid), Argentina (Ushuaia, El Calafate, Córdoba, Mendoza, Salta), Uruguay (Colonia del Sacramento), Chile (Santiago), Peru (Cusco, Arequipa), Cyprus (Larnaca), South Africa (Johannesburg), USA (Fairbanks, Alaska; Salt Lake City, Utah; Denver, Colorado)

Participated in CS community in: NYC, Buenos Aires, Abu Dhabi


poetry, literature, film, music, piano, dance, scuba diving, snowboarding, surfing, nature, travel, photography, new experiences, new friends, old friends, trying to make this world a better place somehow...


Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Y tu mama tambien, Days of Being Wild, Fallen Angels, In the Mood for Love, 2046, Aguirre the Wrath of God, Days of Heaven, Dr Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Mujeres Al Borde de Un Ataque de Nervios, The Godfather I & II, Memento, La lengua de las mariposas, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Ratatouille, Fight Club, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Amelie, Happy Together, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Big Lebowski, Pan's Labyrinth, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, The Princess Bride, Kill Bill, George Washington, Another Earth, Trainspotting, Office Space, Brick, A Nightmare Before Christmas, Ánima Buenos Aires, Chungking Express, Yi Yi, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring; Paris, Texas; Once Upon a Time in the West; What We Do In the Shadows; Waiting for Guffman; Boy; Mad Max: Fury Road; The Grand Budapest Hotel; Autumn Sonata; Three Times; In the Realm of the Senses; Two Days, One Night; Timbuktu; Los relatos salvajes; Under the Skin; Ashes of Time Redux, Ninja Scroll

TV/Anime: Arrested Development, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Noein, Mushishi, Lost, That '70s Show, Seinfeld, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Samurai Jack, FLCL, Trigun, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, Frasier, Wolf's Rain, Friends, 3rd Rock From the Sun, Detective Conan, Samurai X: Tsuiokuhen

Music: Chopin, LCD Soundsystem, Kings of Leon, Yoko Kanno, Nujabes, Murs, Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong, Charles Mingus, Asian Kung-Fu Generation, Ella Fitzgerald, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Radiohead, Alicia Keys, Fairouz, Emalkay, Gramatik, Francoise Hardy, Juanes, The Pixies, Maroon 5, Xavier Cugat, Animal Collective, Yeasayer, Mt. Eden, Led Zeppelin, The Arcade Fire, Metric, Ween, The Notorious B.I.G., Gorillaz, the pillows, The Strokes, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Mars Volta, Peter Bjorn & John, Lykke Li, La Mosca Tse-Tse, Edith Piaf, John Legend, Jay Chou, Jason Mraz, Florence and the Machine, Arctic Monkeys, Roy Orbison, St. Vincent, Carlos Gardel, Astor Piazzola, Adriana Varela, Mashrou3 Leila, Frank Zappa, Cole Porter, the xx, Miles Davis, Anita Tijoux, Jack Johnson, Nas, Lester Young, Tim McGraw, The Weeknd, Hank Williams Sr, Lady Antebellum, Ennio Morricone, Manu Chao, Chance the Rapper, Los Tres Ases, Agustín Lara, Abdel Halim Hafez, Art Blakey, John Coltrane, Jorge Falcon, Leonard Cohen, Lily Allen, Neutral Milk Hotel, No Regret Life, Andres Calamaro

Books: Gabriel García Marquez- Cien anos de soledad, El amor en los tiempos de cólera, His Dark Materials trilogy, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, A House on Mango Street, Ghosts by Paul Auster, Howl's Moving Castle, Sherlock Holmes books, Michael Ondaatje, 1001 Nights, Fernando Pessoa, Rumi, Federico Garcí­a Lorca, Borges, The Great Gatsby, Machado de Assis- Memorias Postumas de Bras Cubas, José Saramago, Howl's Moving Castle, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Martian Chronicles, everything Ray Bradbury, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Pablo Neruda, The Chronology of Water, Elizabeth Bishop, Tracks by Louise Erdrich, Adrienne Rich, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Getting soaked by the Indian Ocean under a full moon on our last night in India...the tide was fierce and high and relentless...

The feel of the wind on our faces as we sped in a tuk-tuk to Angkor Wat in the early morning to see the sunrise...there wasn't really a sunrise but it was worth it anyway :)

Stargazing at the foot of Mt. Everest...
Becoming a stray cat in Istanbul...
Seeing the Alhambra at sunset from a beautiful mirador...
Gaudí's Casa Batlló...my dream house!
The ferocious waves of the Atlantic Ocean by A Coruña...
Getting lost in Petra...the fantastic desert landscape of Wadi Rum...
The changing colors of the autumn leaves in Ushuaia...
The ice dunes of el glaciar Perito Moreno...the deep blue water...

The spray of the Devil's Throat on my face in the midst of a pouring rain, later the sight of an impossibly green island emerging from a mysterious mist...

Streaks of cotton candy pink through a purple sky in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires...chasing the sunset through the skyscrapers...

Kayaking in Milford Sound (despite the minor mishap of my brother dropping our rental car keys into the sound!) in New Zealand...
Floating through the Te Anau Glowworm Caves in utter darkness and silence, save for the glowworms, which resembled stars...
Horseback riding through Middle Earth (aka Glenorchy) on one of the valiant steeds of Rohan...

Every single moment of my trip to Socotra, Yemen. The primordial trees, the Milky Way spanning the entire night sky, the lush mountains, the color of the sea, the dolphins, the wadis, the people...

Safari in South Africa and Botswana, hearing the wild call of the African Fish Eagle, stalking lions stalking buffalo, then interrupted by a rampaging elephant...

Hiking in complete solitude and feasting on alpine blueberries in Alaska...
Getting to see bears, whales, moose, caribou, foxes, great-horned owls, so much majestic wildlife...
Living and working at the lovely Eagle River Nature Center, which has become one of my favorite places in the entire world...
Shivering in the cold Alaskan night watching the aurora borealis shimmer and undulate above me...

Surfing, snowboarding, skydiving, bungee jumping, ziplining, whitewater rafting, parapente...

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach/Learn/Share: anything and everything!

What I Can Share with Hosts

adventures, food, music, dance, poetry, films

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Georgia, India, Jordan, New Zealand, Oman, Peru, Qatar, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Uruguay, Yemen, Zimbabwe

Countries I’ve Lived In

Argentina, China, United Arab Emirates, United States

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