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Overview

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  • Fluent in English; learning Nepali, Spanish
  • 26, Female
  • Member since 2014
  • Bartender and Health Educator
  • I have a bachelors degree in Community Health
  • From Redmond, Washington
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

My current mission is to spread as many smiles throughout the globe as is humanly possible for a tiny Asian girl.

ABOUT ME

For my entire life, my main prerogative has been to know the world and the incredible humans in it. To fulfill this goal I practice a healthy balance of traveling the world, hosting wandering souls, and engaging humans in fun wherever I go. I love to play music and jam with friends, I have a passion for the outdoors in all way shapes and forms, and I am always ready for any situation with a game or a cheesy joke. There are indeed infinite things that people can yeah one another, I hope to learn as much as possible from every individual I encounter as well as spread inspiration along the way.

PHILOSOPHY

My personal philosophy is that even the best days ever are sprinkled with a little adversity, so don't make plans, make memories.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I participate fully in everything I do. One of the key principles I live by is to actively engage in every opportunity presented, lest I miss out on something life changing. It should also be noted, that there is a cloud of adversity that lurks behind most things I do. Be it an extremely delayed flight, a broken down bus, a lost treasure, getting extraordinarily lost, or a housing disaster, I enjoy these challenges for they have helped to shape my perspective and give me reasons to find joy and silliness in every situation. Change and trouble are part of life's drama, and it is how we act that will determine whether these occurrences are defined as blessings or curses.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have spent the better part of the past 5 years in housing purgatory, constantly at he mercy of floods, sexist land lords, or unfortunate timing. I made the best of living in a tent for 3 summers in a row often crashing on friends or strangers couches on the rainiest nights. Upon completion of university I made my way across America to visit friends from past traveling experiences before my epic journey to the other side of the world. I don't mean to brag, but I am an excellent house guest, making contributions whenever possible. My favorite experiences were when I was without a phone or computer and my only means of communication was snail mail. I would send a postcard to a friend met once or twice at home, abroad, at a festival, or even for just a moment, letting them know I would be in their town. I would either specify a place and time to meet and show up hoping my post had arrived, or for people I knew well, I would merely turn up at their doorstep with my pack and tent. If people had moved, were out of town, or simply couldn't host me, I have always been content with setting up my tent.

Interests

Music: playing, listening, creating, philosophizing about
Outdoors: hiking, biking, swimming, climbing trees/cliffs, or just wandering around and getting lost bi-pedal style in a strange city
Correspondence: I have pen pals around the world and am always open to having more
Cooking: anything and everything, but especially beets
Grandpa jokes: the cheesier the better
Fortune tellers: the kind you did in grade school, but more interactive

  • festivals
  • dining
  • cooking
  • cocktails
  • fitness
  • yoga
  • running
  • traveling
  • music
  • outdoor activities
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tourism
  • beaches

Music, Movies, and Books

Seven Types of Ambiguity by Elliot Perlmann, Clan of the Cave Bear by Jane Auel, We the Living by Ayn Rand, anything by Haruki Murakami.

The Shawshank Redemption, Anchorman, Pulp Fiction, Cool Runnings, Stand By Me.

Al Green, Beach Boys, The Temptations, The Beatles, Andrew Bird, Vampire Weekend, Remix Artist Collective, The Eagles, Typhoon, Devotchka, Sigur Ros

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

One of the most amazing things I have ever done was a "go" adventure with my best friend in Mexico. A "Go" adventure is when you get in a car or on bikes and just go anywhere. No destination, no predisposition, just split second and spontaneous decisions to guide you. The only rule is that once you run around the adventure is finished.

On an adventure in a beat up old suburban on the west coast of Mexico, we drove into the jungle onwards and inwards until we reached la playa magica. We spent hours exploring tide pools and caves and relishing in the wonder of a forgotten beach. As we got back in our truck to go further down the beach, we found ourselves helplessly stuck in the sand. After panic, 4 friendly locals drove from around the corner on quads and offered to pull us out, despite our blatant trespassing. We not only stumbled upon an incredible oasis, we also discovered the amazing potential for kindness in strangers.

Teach, Learn, Share

I have excellent knowledge of health, fitness, nutrition, mixology, bad jokes, and yoga. Playing and teaching music is one of my favorite things. I love interactive learning. I would love to learn to build something, or to cook people's favorite food, or a song that makes their soul smile. I am open to learning anything people want to teach me.

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