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My travel story (in brief): When I was fifteen years old, I asked my mother if I could travel to Ireland alone. Naturally, my mother replied with a firm “no.” After a moment she added, “maybe in a year,” not thinking anything would come of it. Exactly one year later I brought my mother into my bedroom, lifted the bed – revealing the money I had saved for my trip, along with extensive notes on Irish culture. During my flight to Ireland, I wrote a goal in my journal: to travel to 40 countries before turning 22. After three months of travelling to twelve different countries, I realized I had learned very little about each individual country. So I set standards and refined my goal: to remain in each country for a minimum of two weeks, learning the basics of each language, and their particular cultures. So, here I am.
"When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others."
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I started Couchsurfing when I was seventeen. Then, I was more attracted to the free accommodation aspect of Couchsurfing. Now, I continue to use Couchsurfing because it is a great way to meet locals and learn more about a culture. You create long-lasting friendships by simply sleeping on some ones couch - I would take that over a bed any day!
Ballet, photography, painting, baking, reading, researching, and writing.
The simple pleasures in life, exploring and learning.
Music, Movies, and Books
Film: Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain
Music: Sigur Rós, The Avett Brothers
Novels: The Cure for Death by Lightning - Gail Anderson-Dargatz, The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin
Countries I’ve Visited
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, Germany, Japan, Nepal, Switzerland