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For five years (2011-2015) I was a global nomad and hitchhiker (hitched 7,000 miles in the US in my early 60s). Traveled all over North America, the Caribbean, and some of South America. To Europe 3-times, as a child/teenager (on cruise ships).
Just spent 7 months in Hilo, Hawaii, and enjoyed 3 months in Nederland/Boulder, Colorado where I have a daughter and two grandsons. (I also have 2 grown kids and one other grandson in California.) I really want to finally establish a home for myself. New Orleans is my favorite town, and that's where I'm going.
I love good food, music, nature, photography, singing, and astrology. I am a writer and sometimes a crafts person. I am nerdy (Asperger Syndrome: a form of autism). I camp out for at least a month every year -- I have a micro-tent (Big Agnes) that's getting really shabby right now after 5 years of heavy use!!
I do yoga (Iyengar) and go to the gym, meditate, read spirit cards and do astrology. I am very interested in mysticism.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I have over 300 references here. (I also stayed with at least 50 CSers who didn't give me references.) I have belonged to Couchsurfing since 2006.
Please also see my profile on BeWelcome.org: http://www.bewelcome.org/members/BellaBoswell
Surfed all over the U.S., Mexico, Canada (B.C., NW Territory, the Yukon), Central America, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama.
My three grandsons, music, writing, crafts, friends, nature.
Music, Movies, and Books
MOVIES: Both Addams Family movies. Avatar. Sexo Por Compasion (or "Compassionate Sex," 2000, Spain). All the Harry Potters. Chocolat. Secretary. Harold and Maude. The Royal Tenenbaums. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Light In the Piazza (1962, USA). Nanny McPhee.
Favorite TV series: LIFE BELOW ZERO.
MOVIES ABOUT FOOD: A Year In Burgundy. Chocolat. Eat, Pray, Love. I Like Killing Flies. Ratatouille. Julie and Julia. Babette's Feast.
MUSIC: Blues rock (The Fabulous Thunderbirds, etc.), Soul, R & B. Native American flute/massage/spa/yoga (relaxation). Anything I can dance to. All New Orleans music (I especially love Zydeco!). The Prayer: Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. One: Mary J. Blige and U2. Iz's Over The Rainbow; Ka'ena: ¨You Say¨ ; Na Wai: ¨Oh Boy¨ (all 3 are Hawai'ian). Mana's ¨San Blas.¨ Country rock: The Tractors' ¨Baby Likes To Rock It Like a Boogie Woogie Choo-choo Train¨.
BOOKS: Of Wolves and Men (Barry Lopez). The Traveller-Gypsies (Judith Okely, 1983). Mother of God (Paul Rosolie, 2014). The Chalice and the Blade (Eisler, 1995). The Woman In the Shaman's Body (Barbara Tedlock on the women shamans of Mongolia). Women Who Run With the Wolves (Clarisa Pinkola-Estes). Wise Women of the Dreamtime: Australian Aboriginal Wisdom. Tents: Architecture of the Nomads (Torwald Faegre, 1979). All books by Edward Gorey. What White People Like (Chris Lander). River of No Reprieve (Jeff Tayler). Shaking Out the Spirits (Bradley Keeney). All of Dervla Murphy's travel books. Dakini's Warm Breath (Judith Simmer-Brown). I Shock Myself (Beatrice Wood).
Authors: Temple Grandin. Gloria Steinem (My Life On the Road, 2016). Leslie Marmon Silko (Yellow Woman, The Turquoise Ledge).
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Seen: A rattlesnake "combat-dance." A mountain lion on the trail and another one running by my camp at night (Ojai, Ca.). Frequent black/brown bear encounters.The Northern Lights in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. A herd of bison on the highway (Canada). Clouds of green pollen blowing through the mountains in Nederland, Colorado.
Ayahuasca on a beach in Venezuela (early 2013).
I hitched 7,000 miles in 2008 and 2,200 miles in 2013--both trips were taken in the USA when I was in my early 60s.
Teach, Learn, Share
"Couldn't we just relax and lighten up? When we wake up in the morning, we can dedicate our day to learning how to do this. We can cultivate a sense of humor and practice giving ourselves a break. Every time we sit down to meditate, we can think of it as training to lighten up, to have a sense of humor, to relax."
Note: Pema Chodron's main teacher was Naropa University founder, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche who followed the Buddhist school of "Crazy Wisdom."
I follow many Native American spiritual teachings and Voodoo (New Orleans and Haiti).
"Sleep is the best form of meditation." (Dalai Lama)
What I Can Share with Hosts
At the very least, good will, stories, jokes, and so forth, over a glass of wine (or good, brewery beer) or a cup of coffee/tea and some yummy food.
Be happy; be grateful for life; smile; and stay positive.
"Every day is a good day." (Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee)
"Everything is beautiful." (The Navajo Way)
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Venezuela
Countries I’ve Lived In