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Arima Claypool

Sacramento, California, United States

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Overview

  • 20 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Spanish, Swahili
  • 24, Female
  • Member since 2010
  • Research Associate with an internati...
  • University of North Carolina at Chap...
  • From Sacramento, California
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

tell a bad joke at least once a day

ABOUT ME

I currently work a few jobs to pay the bills but one of them (in line with my true loves of agriculture and sub-saharan africa) is with an international agricultural development nonprofit. It's nice to be working in a field that I love but outside of work I simply love to grow things and I love soil and acacia trees and I love sinking my feet into wet ground and monsoon rains. I love meeting new people and listening to music about freedom. I love hitching and lending a hand to my fellow wanderers. I love good food and dancing and gelato. I have so many places I want to go and so many people I have yet to meet and things I have to do.

PHILOSOPHY

I'm really just muddling through life as best I can trying to laugh as much as possible and love always.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I have surfed a great deal over the past few years but now that I'm back in the US I want to continue to host people and meet new people for so long as I have a couch to host and a couple extra dollars to get coffee and chat... I love everyone I've met in the CS community and can't wait to continue participating in any capacity...

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I met some of my best friends in the world through CS events in Salamanca or from CSing with them. I am planning multiple trips around the world just to revisit them. The beauty and giving in this community is awe inspiring.

Interests

East Africa
Impressionist Art
Water Polo
Janis Joplin
Laughing until I cry
Watching grass grow
Rugby
Hitching
Changing my plans a million times and never doing any of them
Sunshine
Empty roads
Crowded parks

Music, Movies & Books

I love folk music, indie rock, electronic music, classic rock, and blues. I love Kurt Vonnegut but I will read anything and everything I can get my hands on but have a secret love of science fiction books. As far as movies, I love anything animated, independent, or environmentally friendly. :)

One Amazing Thing I've Done

On a full moon, clear night in Southern Kenya or Northern Tanzania you can see the snow cap of Mount Kilimanjaro glow and it's one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in my life. Sunsets on Kilimanjaro are similarly breathtaking.

I've been completely overwhelmed at the Kotel (Western Wall in Jerusalem). So much so that I lost track of time and ended up staying half a day and having to emergency CS there because I missed my train!

I also celebrated the 2010 World Cup win in Spain on the same day as my birthday! :D

Teach, Learn, Share

I used to pack fruit in the central valley of California. If you're buying an orange, make sure that you toss it in the air to make sure it's heavy enough. Often late in the season, the fruit dries out and you get the kind with the crusty bits in the middle that no one likes!

Don't ever buy anything your first day that you're in a place. The learning curve on bargaining is incredibly steep and you'll always feel better about what you buy when you get it for less!

Countries I've Visited

Israel, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Tanzania, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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