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I’m currently traveling (about to in a week). July, 2017. When my work seasons' ended (skiing and school year) in Santa Fe, New Mexico I moved to Taos, 90 mi. north to do a work exchange, living in a yurt with no plumbing or electricity, and significantly lower rent. :-) Here in Taos, besides being as close to nature as you can get outside of camping in the wilderness, I’ve befriended two dogs. One who I’ve bonded with, Ruby, a Border Collie mix, who follows me around and loves me unconditionally as I do her. And her friend Luke, a powerful Pitbull stud of about the same age, who is continuously roaming, playing, hopping, doing 180's. The two of them play together and bring me into the circle. They are a delight and really bring joy to my heart. Their doggy company has made this time a delightful one, and really makes it difficult emotionally to leave. That’s when you have to feel appreciation for the opportunity, instead of sadness for the loss. (The pain of emotional attachment and separation, that religious traditions have been trying to assuage and resolve for their followers, for thousands of years.) I have to get over it. I have been devoting my time to completing my first book, an eBook.
http://carolkeiter.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/final-metamorphosis-of-the-ebook-trailer-for-adora-vitali-a-spin-on-the-matter-of-motion/. I'm leaving in a week to visit my home grounds in PA for a week, prior to departing for Europe on a one-way flight to Paris. I have yet to decide where I'll base myself in Europe; I want to check out Montpelier, France or Lisbon, Portugal as possible places. I prefer lower overhead costs. My intent is to; continue writing my blogs, query some magazines to write several articles I've been interested in learning more about and communicating. And to continue learning languages and becoming more fluent in French, German and Spanish. I've been working on my music more, electronic productions (I play bass guitar and like to sing too). I’m psyched to dive into making new electronic music and playing it live in cafes and bar venues in Europe.
I had been living in Santa fe, New Mexico from August 1st, 2016 to May, 2017. I arrived there from Tucson where I landed after a WWOOF’ng job in Arizona, where I didn’t find work. I went to SF to cat and house sit for a former boss when I lived in Taos, NM 20 + years ago, when I worked at her cafe during a three year period and worked teaching skiing to kids at Taos Ski Valley. I have returned to New Mexico several times over the period of the last dozens of years. I worked at the Santa fe Ski area 12 years ago teaching kids skiing. Presently I’m an adult ski instructor at Santa fe https://skisantafe.com and gravitated to being a substitute teacher with the Santa fe Public School system .I worked consistently teaching from pre-K to high schools, teaching skiing on weekends and holidays.
My contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org and cell phone (520) 891-1466.
Here is information about me which I posted in my previous profile.
As of February 1st, 2016, I left Pennsylvania, found a drive-away vehicle that needed to be transported from Alexandria, Virginia outside of D.C. to Los Angeles. I merely needed to get back East to Arizona. Amazingly, my friend in LA was leaving in 2 days to drive to Arizona, near my destination, to attend a Gem & Jam show in Tucson.
I love to learn, discuss, explore, love languages, interacting with people and animals. I love cosmopolitan environments and what they offer as much as I love being outdoors in nature. I found a WWOOF (world wide organization of organic farms) host in Arizona; working on organic farms and learning these skills in exchange for housing and food. I may continue with another WWOOF or workaway project, or journey couchsurfing to investigate farmers with successful practices on sustainable ecology. I was then considering going to France to help with refugees displaced from wars and economic migrants due to our collective disconnect with nature, of which climate change and increased violence is one of the repercussions. I’d like to 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 this through a friend involved in participating in this collective and helping to put it together. They hosted people from all over the world, offering a series of lectures, discussions, presentations and workshops about what is happening all over the globe due to climate change and specifically the fallout from the worlds’ economy being based on oil; that has caused wars, negatively affected agriculture due to the industrial push that has also rested on oil and chemical producers. There was such a resplendent amount of information that was shared there about beneficial practices and success stories in transforming peoples’ lives and environments for the benefit of all, that all of the participants are still digesting the information and sharing it with the rest of the world. I am only beginning to learn about degenerative vs. regenerative farming; the latter exemplified in traditional farms (pre artificial pesticides), agroforestry, permaculture, biochar. I still have a tremendous amount to learn and process. I want to work specifically with environmental, ecological or social organizations; working in communities to teach and promote sustainable living practices.
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.
Almost 2 years ago I completed going through my stuff stored in my parents home which was sold, to make a transition after living in Berlin, Germany for 5 years, to deciding in the next months where I would move.
Everything is interconnected, and therefore the waves coming from my actions, and yours, are affecting everything/everyone else. Be accountable to your own dreams, a responsibility to yourself to do what you love and shine through it. And whatever you put out there will inspire and influences others. Celebrate life and be silent enough to listen, watch, feel, love, learn and to have compassion, appreciation and gratitude.
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!!
Learning about healthy foods and spices and their preparation. I love to cook and eat. A fairly recent addition is learning about and practicing heart rhythm meditation. Fascination and awe for all flora and fauna - i love the outdoors. I have so much traveling to do, so much to see and learn about. I love learning languages and interacting with people who are from another language base and culture. I love exploring metropolitan areas and enjoying all of the arts and culture that I can be exposed to.
I have always done sports from the time I was a little kid; dance, ice skating, skiing, swimming and enjoy sports on boards and wheels; skateboarding and snow boarding. I enjoy tennis, hiking, running. I’ve been involved in ultimate frisbee teams and pickup leagues in every city I’ve lived in. I love animals.
I often am compelled to write about environmental subjects, animal rights and protection of their habitats; humans should be guardians for protecting animals’ environments and doing everything that they can to consider them. I love to make music, enjoy playing piano and bass guitar. I also love to make music using computer programs; I’ve started a music niche of taking animal calls and weaving them into the music - to give animals a voice. I love dancing and also to draw, particularly doing portraits of people and animals on occasion as well.
Politics and economics as far as investigating all of our collective paths in life. Fascinated with the subject of consciousness. and wish to explore and continue to learn about it. Meeting new people and discovering information is a continuous enjoyment, which is why I have often enjoyed hitchhiking; it invariably introduces one to other people’s perspectives.
- outdoor activities
- language exchange
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. Smiling and engaging in conversation.
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