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To eat as many delicious things in as many places as time, digestion, and $ will allow :)
I've just finished in my little mountain village in southern France, working as an English language assistant in a couple of high schools. Now I am living and working with an Italian family in Soave, in the Veneto region. Officially, however, I am funemployed for the moment, but I will be stateside again soon. I am a baker/wannabe chef whenever I can find the time (or a kitchen). I have ZERO idea what I want to do "when I grow up" but I know that I want to travel, so for now that's what I am sticking with.
Life is too short not to take chances. And by take chances, I mean make random friends, stay up too late, and eat all the dessert you can get your hands on. Also, approach all dogs on the street and try to hug them, even though they may attack you (god I miss my animals!).
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I have tons of places that I can't wait to visit, and hopefully CS will help make it happen while I am still in Europe, and after I return to the states. I am also preparing for a 3-month journey all over Germany in the next year, so I will definitely be relying on surfers! I have lived right in DC all my life, so I am armed with recommendations for the city's sights and secrets, even if I can't be there to host/serve as guide. I am especially reliable for info on the food & bar scene !!
I have done as much Couchsurfing as possible in the last few years, though unfortunately (due to moves and roommates) I have not been able to host as much as I'd like.
All my experiences have been very positive. In the US, I've surfed in NYC and Nashville, and I've hosted a pair of super fun Germans :)
Abroad, I've couchsurfed in France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Belgium. It's really helped me see more places, more authentically. Most importantly, I have made lasting friendships, which means so much.
I bake at least once a day, but usually more, and recently I have gotten into savory stuff as well. Despite being addicted to sugar, I am a gym rat and a runner. One of my favorite things to do in a new city is plot out runs that pass by various sights I would like to see (bakeries included). I also love racing and have done countless 5ks, 8ks, 10ks, and one half marathon, though I am hoping to run a full marathon this year (and I am terrified at the prospect).
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: UP, Clueless, She's the Man, Domestic Disturbance, Dark Knight, Kickass, American Beauty, Django Unchained, Crazy Stupid Love
Music: Anything and everything. If there's a beat, I WILL dance.
Books: 11.22.63, The Time Traveler's Wife, Water for Elephants, Harry Potter (it is literature, and don't try to tell me otherwise!). But truthfully I will read anything I can get my hands on. Lately, it's Stephen King, 24/7. Seriously. Have plowed through: 11.22.63, Lisey's Story, Misery, Mr. Mercedes, Under the Dome, Thinner, Different Seasons, Hearts in Atlantis
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
1. My first Michigan football game freshman year was mind-boggling in the sheer size of the crowd, the stadium, the enthusiasm--everything. GO BLUE!
2. Finishing my first half marathon. And every race afterwards--nothing quite like it. Plus, free bananas and bagels at the end feel so well-deserved :)
3. Seeing the Eiffel Tower light up at night, as my friends and I popped bottles of champagne. So, so beautiful.
Teach, Learn, Share
The soul needs a body. It is nothing to be ashamed of.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Recipes & Stories. Lots of laughs. Makeup.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands, U.S.
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, United States