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Helping, playing, discovering
I spent 2010 studying abroad in Spain and Argentina, and in my travels got really involved with the Couchsurfing community. I'm so grateful for all the friends and connections I made in my travels through Couchsurfing. I went to Brazil for the World Cup and had a fantastic time thanks to the generosity and friendliness of my amazing CS hosts!
I believe in eternity; in the sense that we're connected beyond (constantly-changing) national borders, we're also connected to the societies of the past and the future: ancient Egyptians and Celts, medieval Ottoman and Norse, Enlightenment Scots, 19th-century Argentines, Expressionist Germans, contemporary Congolese and Macedonians, and all the yet unborn...I feel affection and awe for life, in all its forms, no matter the species or status. In lonely moments I feel like I was born in the wrong century, or on the wrong side of the world.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I'm so excited that this community exists. I want nothing more than to explore, see beautiful countries, learn local and global history, and listen to people's stories about where they've been and who they love and what they've seen and done :)
I forged a CS trail while traveling around Europe for 6 weeks! My journey was only made possible through my amazing hosts who took care of me, counseled me and treated me like I was family. I can never thank them enough, but I happily paid their generosity forward by hosting surfers as often as twice a week when I had my own place in Philly.
playing soccer, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse and any other game, studying martial arts, thriving on good conversations, catching stray threads of thought, being friendly, making plans and finding fun things to do, exploring, being brave, being affectionate, fawning over animals, being delighted by phenomena like thunderstorms and fire and the ocean, getting deep into stories, getting excited, expressing myself, being a receptive and encouraging human being
Music, Movies, and Books
Some of my favorite writers: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Victor Hugo, Leo Tolstoy, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dave Eggers, Emma Donoghue, George Orwell, Federico Garcia Lorca, Kurt Vonnegut, Neil Gaiman, Charles Dickens, Lope de Vega, Calderon de la Barca, Seamus Heaney, Witold Gombrovicz, Frank McCourt, Padraig Pearse...
Music: animal collective, le loup, grizzly bear, yeasayer, islands, the beatles, laura marling, beirut, damien rice, the decemberists, beach house, the xx...en fin: http://www.last.fm/user/JEM10
Movies: I can appreciate something in almost all of them. Some favorites include Mirrormask, The Dark Knight, El Secreto de Sus Ojos, Garden State, V for Vendetta, old Disney movies, Clerks, The Lord of the Rings, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Manic, anything by Pedro Almodovar, and Mysterious Skin even though I have yet to finish it.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I fell in love with Gaudí, his work, his life and death in Barcelona...
I walked through La Alhambra on a gorgeous spring night and discovered my soul resonating with the Spanish Moors...
I drove to the Appalachian mountains for a festival where we painted our bodies, danced to djembes and didgeridoos around a huge burning wooden effigy and howled like wolves...
Then I went to Valencia for Las Fallas to feast with other pyromaniacs, it was great! And the amazing Aussie friend I made there invited me to her wedding in Thailand two years later!!
Teach, Learn, Share
Teach me, please! Anything! I want to learn how to grow my own food and properly cook, to surf, to speak Portuguese and Japanese, to ride a horse faster than a trot, to shoot with a bow and arrow, to dance, to play guitar/ukulele/piano better etc...
As for what I can share...I'm a writer, and I'm always down for a linguistics conversation. I've been studying martial arts for the past three years and would love to teach you a technique or a form. When I was little I thought I'd grow up to be a pro soccer player. That didn't happen, but I'll still play any time, any place. And since I have three brothers and two sisters, I've played every other type of game (board, video, card...you name it). I'm always up for a bit of friendly competition. Or a trip to the nearest pub to grab a pint and watch whatever league has a game on at the time! And I can teach English and Spanish, too.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Austria, Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay
Countries I’ve Lived In
Argentina, Spain, United States