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Rachel Howe

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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Overview

  • 17 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish, Turkish
  • 36, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • Making mountains of paper
  • Educate me
  • From Seattle, Washington
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To eat cake and drink tea in every land from mountain to sea

ABOUT ME

I think there is something very special about tea. It is such an important part of so many cultures. I remember very clearly the group house that I grew up in, my mother's best friend Tamar hosting her gypsy band rehearsals at our house on weekends, serving sweet, strong Turkish tea in dainty little glasses, shaped like tulip petals.

If I'm in a restaurant and I find something on the menu that I can't pronounce and have no idea what it is, I will order it. This has caused me some real heartaches in the past, but every now and again, it leads to truly transcendental gustatory experiences. By the way, roast squab with Jerusalem artichokes is delicious.

I grew up in Seattle, Washington on the Puget Sound peninsula, and I never feel quite at home unless I am by the ocean. I moved to Canberra, Australia when I was fifteen and I have lived on this continent, for the most part, ever since.

I grew up in two countries - Australia and America. I feel that I haven't seen enough of the world at all. I want to know so much about our planet and the people in it.

I am passionate about film and I can talk about it for hours.

I lived in New York for a year when I was 20.

I get a rush out of being in crowds. I love the feeling of becoming part of something greater than yourself when you are surrounded by thousands of people all rushing along to get to different destinations. That was one of my favourite things about New York. The sea of infinite possibilities in the sea of people.

PHILOSOPHY

Be kind to other people and stand up for your beliefs! I could go on but that would bore you.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I have been a host, a surfer, and a fellow traveller now and I have met so many amazing people!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I signed up in 2009 when some friends told me about the site and I hosted a couple of people before I took off on my round-the-world vacation. I have surfed several couches myself now in Spain, Hungary, Austria and Slovenia.

Interests

Film, art, literature, history, science, people, gossip, music, food ... You know, the usual stuff.

Music, Movies & Books

Movies: Goodfellas, Blue Velvet, Fight Club, Secretary, Vertigo, Les Quatre Cents Coups, Gegen die Wand, Lola Rennt, The Cook The Thief His Wife and Her Lover, The Player

Music: The Decemberists, Interpol, The Smiths, The Cure, The Dandy Warhols, Duran Duran, The Pet Shop Boys, Sonic Youth, Einsturzende Neubauten, MGMT, Electrelane, Leonard Cohen, Depeche Mode, The Clash, Fugazi, Pulp, Modest Mouse, David Bowie, Glen Campbell, Stravinski, Dvorak, Beethoven, Mozart

Books: A Suitable Boy, Vanity Fair, Sophie's World, The Neverending Story, Middlemarch, Cat's Eye, The Picture of Dorian Grey, American Psycho, The Secret History, Tipping the Velvet, The New York Trilogy, Nights at the Circus, Veronika Decides to Die, The House of Mirth

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Parasailing over the ancient Greek ruins of Hieropolis in Turkey.

Teach, Learn, Share

Okay... Here's a tip about doing couch searches which I have found very useful:

When you do the initial couch search for the city in which you wish to stay, make sure that you select the "within 10 kilometres" feature. The people who live in the main part of the city are the most sought after, and often their couches are booked out far in advance. Also, the unfortunate CS hosts who don't necessarily live in the inner suburb of big cities often get left out of the main searches because their suburb name isn't technically the name of the major city, even if they are only a 5 minute subway ride away!

If you want to have some REALLY interesting off-the-beaten track experiences, try at least 20-50 kilometres away! I've met some brilliant people that way who have shown me interesting things that the international tourists generally miss.

Countries I've Visited

Canada, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, United States

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