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I'm about to travel starting February 1st, 2016, when I'll be officially homeless. I'm generally pretty fearless and love interacting with people and animals. I love cosmopolitan environments and what they offer as much as I love being outdoors in nature. I’m going to either find hosts to WWOOF - working on organic farms and learning these skills in exchange for housing and food, or journey couchsurfing to investigate farmers with successful practices on sustainable ecology. At the same time, I'll investigate organizations and communities involved in teaching and practicing sustainable and ecological living, regenerative farming, , DIY projects and services.
I write two blogs. The topics often involve subjects concerning the environment, health, spirituality, ecology and animal habitat/rights. I decided to go to Paris as a blogger and environmental activist during the two weeks of the COP21 climate talks (sinking myself into further debt), which is the best investment I ever made. I joined a group
I'd found out about through a friend involved in putting this collective together. They hosted people from all over the world, offering in a series of lectures, discussions, presentations and workshops about what is happening due to climate change and sharing information about beneficial practices and success stories about transforming peoples lives and environments for the benefit of all, humans, the environment and all creatures. I am only beginning to learn about degenerative vs. regenerative farming, agroforestry, permaculture, biochar. I realize I have a lot to learn.
I want to work specifically with environmental, ecological or social organizations; working in communities to teach and promote sustainable living practices. Since I need to relocate immediately, in the interim, I’ll use the time to learn about sustainability, organic gardening, agroforestry and ecologically healthy farming methods and so forth, through direct contact; wwoofing - working on organic farms - or traveling and interviewing farmers who have made a difference through their skills and insights in ecological ways. What I learn, I'll share through writing, talking and helping others to create their own DIY local projects. Now with approaching homelessness seems like a good opportunity to travel, and work on farms and/visit communities and organizations while I make this transition towards where I will move.
I'm an American born and raised in Pennsylvania. I studied Cultural Anthropology in Washington D.C.. Worked as a bicycle messenger and have taught snow skiing in New Mexico. Started skiing at 5 and have continued to do all sorts of different athletic activities all my life; more recently playing on an ultimate frisbee team in Berlin, Germany. I love to cook, have a podcast about medicinal foods and spices.
I lived in San Francisco where I worked in administrative positions and learned computer skills. My love of languages lead me to live for varying periods of time in France, Spain and Germany. I speak each of these languages conversationally. I love to draw, particularly portraits of people and animals. I'm a musician who plays piano, bass guitar and like to sing. I compose music taking samples of animal calls and incorporating them into the music; whales and dolphins, so far. I'm writing a book (with scientific topics woven into the spiritual tale) which I hope to complete soon. My blogs focus on topics from environmental to ecological and personal health, alternative education, bee-highways, animal bridges, animal poaching and habitat loss.
I just completed going through my stuff stored in my parents home which is up for sale, so that I’m ready to make a transition after living in Berlin, Germany, to deciding in the next months where I will move.
Everything is interconnected, and therefore the waves coming from my actions, and yours, are affecting everything/everyone else. Be responsible for yourself and what you put out there, and be aware and alert to what is coming to you; listen, watch, feel, love, learn ... have compassion and appreciation.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I think that the whole concept of couchsurfing is a great thing. the idea of sharing ideas and information with people who are interested in traveling and discovering things about other cultures and themselves, is a very positive thing.
I finally couch surfed last summer in Paris which was great! and i've couchsurfed across the US on a drive this past autumn of 2007, when i found a driver of a car (we shared driving and gas) from the right coast to the left coast ;-) and couchsurfed along the way. every couchsurfer i've met, i've liked and felt a resonance with!!
Outdoor sports on boards and wheels as well as tennis & swimming, nature, environmental and cultural preservation, animals, music, dancing, consciousness, learning, communicating, languages
Music, Movies, and Books
The Dead Poets Society, Pi, various electronic music genres, grunge and alternative rock, Michael Moores' writings, Noam Chompsky, The Divinci Code, The Alchemist, Le Petit Prince
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I’ve done numerous ‘hitchabouts’ You can go to my carolkeiter blog and search for ‘hitchabout’, like so https://carolkeiter.wordpress.com/?s=hitchabout and you’ll see a substantial number of blogs about my hitching experiences in the USA and Europe. I just see that there are some on my digesthis blogsite as well, since I hitched as an environmental activist to several gatherings in D.C. https://digesthis.wordpress.com/?s=hitchabout
Teach, Learn, Share
What I Can Share with Hosts
My cooking, love of spontaneously creating things to do, music, language exchange (German, French, Spanish and native English), learning different sports, teaching piano or bass guitar, sharing my knowledge of computers and internet, conversation, doing walks, exploration of your community, going to museums, drawing together, doing a portrait of the host or of who they’d like a portrait of, cleaning, going out and having fun while you show me your town.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, Germany, Spain, United States