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  • 40 References 24 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning French
  • 29, Female
  • Member since 2010
  • Ecologist
  • MSc
  • From New Zealand
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me


Just keep wandering ...


I'm an outdoorsy girl who is too curious to stay at home - I would like to peek into as many landscapes and cultures around the world as possible. I can't seem to stay in one place too long, I'm always uprooting my life and taking myself off to live, work and travel in strange countries.

For the last few years I have been living between NZ, Europe, South America and Oman. I am a vegetation ecologist and have worked on conservation projects in Ecuador and Oman. My hobbies are hiking and rock-climbing, mixed with a bit of dancing or windsurfing or whatever is going on around where I live.

I love the outdoors and spend a huge part of my life out in the wild, but I also love good food and good wine, and cosy places with cups of hot chocolate.

IMPORTANT to know for hosting/surfing with me, I'm tricky with food - I am gluten intolerant AND vegetarian. So no meat, and no wheat, barley, or rye. But I love food and I love cooking so I usually find my way around this with no problem. Very happy to cook a meal or two for hosts!

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."


"Only a hill; earth set a little higher
Above the face of earth; a larger view
Of little fields and roads; a little nigher
To clouds and silence: what is that to you?
Only a hill; but all of life to me,
Up there, between the sunset and the sea.
Life's sorrows rise no higher than our hedges;
The distant view has heaven about its edges."
- Geoffrey Winthrop Young.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Bit of hosting, bit of surfing, bit of chilling out with CSers in strange places.


I've had some amazing times surfing, hosting and travelling with other couchsurfers! I think one of my favourite things about couchsurfing is the diversity of people you meet. Through CS I have met all sorts of people - artists, chefs, students, round-the-world cyclists, cross-Atlantic sailors, ecovillagers, film-makers, teachers, social and environmental activists, software programmers, tour guides, photographers, dive instructors, musicians and (of course) a whole lot of professional wanderers.

Me, I am a mad tree-hugging ecologist, if you want to meet one of those ...


Take me out into nature and I'll be happy. I'm into rock-climbing and hiking, and also keen on windsurfing and skiing, and I used to do a bit of archery. If I'm in town I'm always keen for coffee or a glass of wine.

  • dancing
  • dining
  • cooking
  • chocolate
  • wine
  • coffee
  • vegetarian
  • traveling
  • outdoor activities
  • hiking
  • windsurfing
  • surfing
  • skiing
  • rock climbing
  • archery
  • ecology
  • software
  • tourism
  • mountains

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Traversing the Cuillen Ridge on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
Hiking and scrambling among the canyons and cliffs of Oman.
Horse-trekking in the mountains of western Mongolia.
Nearly getting lost in the Amazon ...

Teach, Learn, Share

I can share a lot of thoughts and facts about ecology and nature conservation, sustainability, and fitting in better with the way our world works.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Australia, Italy, Mongolia, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Ecuador, France, Germany, New Zealand, Oman, United Kingdom

Old School Badges

  • Vouches
    5 Vouches
  • Pioneer
    Pioneer Badge

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