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I graduated from The Ohio State University in May 2014 with a major in Spanish and English. I spent a year afterward teaching middle school English before going back to OSU for an MA in Latin American Literature, with future plans to teach high school Spanish. I've traveled and lived lots of different places both in the US and outside of it, the most recent being Mexico City. I have had great luck in building relationships with the people I meet while traveling, and I'm always looking to build more as I make my way through the world.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I have mainly stayed with families during my travels abroad and have found that living with locals is truly the best way to get to know a new place, as well as the people in it. I hope that Couchsurfing will open up more of those opportunities.
I try to find all of these things in new places by just walking around, talking to whoever I meet.
- local food
- foreign languages
- walking around
Music, Movies, and Books
I have a soft spot for alternative music from the 80s and 90s--bands like The Smiths, Joy Division, My Bloody Valentine and Modest Mouse. My favorite book in English is "As I Lay Dying" by Faulkner, and in Spanish is "El Aleph" by Jorge Luis Borges. I'm a big fan of the earlier films of Iñarritú, like Amores Perros and Babel, and I also love horror movies of any stripe.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I interviewed and ended up making friends with a bunch of taco truck owners in Columbus, OH as part of an undergrad research project. We got super close even though my Spanish was really rough at the time, which felt pretty amazing.
Teach, Learn, Share
Teach: Spanish, how to write a solid paragraph
Learn: new dance moves, local slang
Share: stories about weirdo middle-schoolers and Chilean/Mexican cultural quirks
What I Can Share with Hosts
Everything above, plus some good coffee and beer!
Countries I’ve Visited
Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden
Countries I’ve Lived In
Chile, Mexico, United States