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Grow, learn, and give back.
I'm queer, Jewish, the kind of person who always asks why, and right now working as a hospital corpsman with the US Navy. I've taught music, volunteered as a mediator and child advocate, been a journalist and worked as as an assistant chef twice which matches my love of people with my love of good food. I consider myself a life-long learner, and enjoy reading newspapers and any books I can get my hands on including poetry, physics, science fiction, languages and culture. I'm also a musician (violin, piano, guitar, penny whistle), a dancer, and a brown belt in taekwondo.
"A human being is part of a whole, called by us the "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
- Albert Einstein
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I started couchsurfing in the US, and loved the experience so much I've gone on to couchsurf in South America and Europe. I love the experience of being able to create a connection that might not have happened any other way!
Music, reading, medicine, astrobiology, Judaism, volunteering, victim advocacy, human rights and criminal justice, dance, experiencing other cultures, physics, linguistics and languages, teaching, learning, hearing other people's stories... I also enjoy cooking, and have recently been experiencing with a lot of Asian cooking, as well as vegan gluten free food.
- human rights
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: folk music from the UK, AC/DC, Rush, Led Zepplin, Bach, Ella Fitzgerald, Marina and the Diamonds, Metric, Simon and Garfunkle, Wailin' Jennies, Yasmine Hamdan, Tokoshoan Hanae, Natalie Merchant,
Books: Douglas Adams, Elizabeth Bishop, W.H Auden, e.e. cummings, Rumi, Audre Lorde, T.S. Eliot, Richard Siken, W. S. Merwin, Mary Shelley, J.R.R. Tolkien, Edna Buchanan...
Movies: mostly sci-fi, right now I'm on a Star Trek TOS marathon, but I also watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Criminal Minds, and I like What We Do in the Shadows and Only Lovers Left Alive
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
The most amazing moments for me are the small ones - as Abraham Joshua Heschel said, "Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement… get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually."
Teach, Learn, Share
I have taught violin and piano for seven years and play several other instruments casually. I've had a lot of training around victim advocacy, mediation and conflict resolution, in addition to spending several years as a freelance journalist. I've also worked a lot with food and alternatives diets, and love creating new recipes, meal plans, and sharing my love of cooking with others.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Austria, Chile, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland
Countries I’ve Lived In
Argentina, Austria, Germany, United States