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  • Fluent in English
  • 30, Female
  • Member since 2012
  • I work for a research group called the Union of Concerned...
  • First and foremost, experientially! But also at Duke Univ...
  • From Durham, North Carolina
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About Me


Climate change impacts research, and planning my next big adventure


I have spent the majority of my 25 years on this planet in Durham, NC but recently moved to Washington, DC. I love my family and friends, am passionate about protecting the environment, and am particularly excited to embark on an around-the-world adventure in November.


From the immortal words of E.B. White: "If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy; if the world were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I wake up each morning torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world. This makes it very hard to plan the day."

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Actively, inclusively, and respectfully.


Met amazing friends on my recent around-the-world trip. Big hugs to Hamish & Carmen, Isaac, Brett, Benny, Cha, Christine, Lisa, and Hema.


I am most myself when I am outside, and enjoy most all activities that get me outside. I love hiking/backpacking, and camping. Writing and photography are two particular interests, and am a big dork in that I love scrapbooking with my Mom. Excited to explore further some of the new activities that I tried -- surfing, scuba diving, and paragliding, in particular.

  • writing
  • photography
  • environment
  • politics
  • scrapbooking
  • hiking
  • backpacking
  • camping
  • surfing
  • scuba diving
  • paragliding
  • history

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: All-time favorites include "When Harry Met Sally," "Cidade de Deus," and "Searching for Bobby Fischer." Last summer, I loved "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Beasts of the Southern Wild."
Music: Really dig the local and NC-based music scene -- The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, & Bon Iver, most notably. In general, indie rock and blue/new grass, but am also always down for whatever gets me dancing!
Books: "Ishmael" changed my view of the world, as did "Endgame." Also most everything by Kurt Vonnegut, Barbara Kingsolver, and Dave Eggers. Currently reading "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men" by David Foster Wallace.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I think the most beautiful place I've ever been is Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia. Specifically, watching the sun set over the Cuernos on Lago Pehoe. It was definitely a religious experience.

Teach, Learn, Share

I love talking about politics and learning about the history of places and people. I am excited to share my thoughts and views on the US political situation (especially breaking down the post-election landscape) and doubly-excited to learn more about the political situation in the countries I am visiting. I also love talking about renewable energy, and would be so interested to learn about how/if you think about energy and how your country chooses to produce and generate it.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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