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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 3X, as a child (on ships).
Now I am settling down in the Nederland, Colorado area. I lived in Nederland and Boulder for about 5 years between 2005 and 2011. I was traveling when not in Colorado). I am very much a Gypsy (with some roots in India); probably most recently related to the English Gypsies. The Boswells have written books about their English Gypsy life.
Young men, chocolate, and red wine keep me very happy. Thank you to Beatrice Wood, famed Ojai ceramist, for making me aware of the endless joys of young men and chocolate!
I also love food. And weed, of course (this IS Colorado). I am autistic and rawther nerdy.
I do yoga daily and follow my ancestral Celtic spirituality. I am a neo-Pagan / Witch. In addition, I learn from Native American and Tibetan Buddhist spiritual traditions. My religion is nature-based. Favorite hallucinogen: Ayahuasca.
I love hanging out with artists and casual, loving, kind, humorous people. I love chefs because I adore good food. Alternative folks in general are my group.
I read tarot cards and do astrology charts.
I was a Single Mom for about 37 years. 27 years with at least one child under 10 years old. It's a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year job. Still love home-making and taking care of my grandsons.
Favorite places (besides Colorado): Ojai, California; New Mexico's Navajo Nation; New Orleans; Alaska; and Mexico.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
First, if you don't REALLY WANT TO HOST ME AND GET TO KNOW ME, do not accept my couch request.
My phone # is: 303-807-1233 call/text.
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 (2 in Gilpin, Colorado, and one in Ventura County in Southern California), healing, music, nature and camping. Horses.
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).
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 path called "mad wisdom."
"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 and some yummy food.
Be happy; be grateful for life; smile; and stay positive.
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