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Julia Young

Washington, DC, United States

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Overview

  • 1 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili
  • 24, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • taking advantage of life
  • I've learned through common sense, t...
  • From Fairborn, OH, United States
  • Profile 90% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

to make banana pancakes in all corners of the world

ABOUT ME

Soon after my seventeenth birthday I left the country for Argentina, where I lived for over a year. I attended a secondary school in a small town of La Pampa, Argentina, a place not many foreigners have experienced. Within a year, I'd learned the language, traveled from the northern border with Brazil all the way to the southern tip of the continent, and made invaluable friendships along the way. Upon returning, I enrolled in the American University School of International Service in Washington, DC. I'm majoring in "International Relations," concentrating on international development, particularily in South America. I'm a very energetic and sociable person, but I prefer being with friends or spending time in nature over going to a big party or bar. A typical day consists of getting up by 8am, working out and studying, then going to work and classes. I love making dinner and trying new foods, and that's usually how I bond with people.

PHILOSOPHY

I don't believe in regrets, and not for typical cliche of learning and moving on, etc. I just think that, as long as you're sober and have some kind of thought process going on, your instincts will guide you down the right path. So even if tomorrow you think that was a stupid decision, or not worth it, o como sea, the point is that you acted in the moment for that moment, and that's priceless.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I hope to participate by interacting with other surfers and hosts to create an intranational community, shedding light to the diverse cultures that are within the United States. Then I hope to expand my travels to other countries and develop friendships with other world citizens while getting their perspectives on the countries they reside in.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

While in Argentina, I was hosted by various families, some sweet and welcoming, others hostile and border-line nuts. but it was a great experience to follow in the steps of a local- definitely more beneficial that staying in a hotel/my car! I also stayed with a woman in Indiana when traveling through with a friend of mine. I was shocked by her amazing hospitality! From then on I became interested in Couch Surfing :)

Interests

trying different foods; playing soccer; hiking; being in nature; debating about global issues; being proven wrong by good arguments; reading, especially works by Borges and Carlos Ruiz Zafon; learning new languages; planning roadtrips; dancing to techno in a ridiculous fashion; getting an "insider's view" of places; meeting people; playing board games

Music, Movies & Books

Movies: The Notebook, V for Vendetta, Battle Royale, Brokeback Mountain, Slumdog Millionaire; anything with Fred Astaire Music: I have a few favorites from every genre: Bob Marly; Cake, The Who; Julieta Venegas, Enrique Iglesias, Shakira (but just in Spanish); Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Rihanna; Damien Rice; Doris Day, Connie Francis; Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Dixie Chicks, Toby Keith

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I saw a wild cow on a frozen beach in Patagonia (and for some reason, seemed to be the only one impressed!).

Teach, Learn, Share

Did you know that banana pancakes kept in a ziplock bag can last up to two weeks without refrigeration, and can pass through airport security 9 out of 10 times? During and after a long trip, they're still edible, as long as your pancake passion outweighs the food's strange dampness and gooeyness.

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Austria, Germany

Countries I've Lived In

Argentina, Kenya, United States

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