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About Me


I hate this question, always have. It always feels like selling myself. I aim to think more about others than myself, which does two things: fights self-absorbtion and makes the world a larger place.


"Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting--over and over announcing your place in the family of things." --Mary Oliver

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Mostly staying with families. My last experience was in South Africa where a father and daughter took me to dinner and then, because they were amazed I had never eaten or seen a grenadilla, a little sweet and sour fruit, they spent the rest of the night driving me around trying to find a grenadilla.


the world

  • literature
  • traveling

Music, Movies, and Books

Almost Famous,
Life as a House,
Anything by Annie Dillard, Frederick Buechner, Mary Oliver, Louise Gluck
Mountains Beyond Mountains (Tracy Kidder)

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

the rural villages of Sub-Saharan Africa

Teach, Learn, Share

This is the reason for most of my current traveling. Africa (Mozambique specifically)and then London where I'll be living for a year. As an American, I think traveling is the best way to learn about the rest of the world.

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