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Have a fantastic time traveling in Southern Africa until August 10. I'm really hoping to find some folks to travel with - particularly in Namibia where there isn't a lot of public transport! (The following missions are also exciting!)
TALKATIVE. Energetic. I enjoy lots of things and activities but eating and drinking are hands down my favorite. I hope to someday make a living as a writer/director/performer/etc/etc/etc. I refuse to settle down until after I've seen the world. I have had a good start but I still have a long way to go.
THE UNIVERSE PROVIDES. From there, I won't go too far into it but I believe in working hard for happiness, giving as much love/forgiveness/patience as you can possibly stand, self-reflection, sharing, playing, learning, laughing, singing, dancing, giving thanks, etc. etc. etc.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I preach the good word to anyone who I think would be a good host/guest! I'm a great guest because I share, clean up after myself and I'm fun fun fun. I really enjoy the bonding aspect of couch surfing! It's better than the free!
I joined at the behest of a friend. A month later I found myself on an impromptu cross country road trip and couch surfing saved my life! I have been able to meet some fantastic people who shared their homes and cities with me.
Writing. Playing outside with my friends. Reading. Cooking/Eating. Dancing. Singing. Obviously - I love traveling.
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: It varys greatly. I like silly comedies and serious dramas. Foreign films and classics can be cool. I also love Lifetime made for TV movies. [I just hate the gratuitous boobs in some comedies.] I am slo interested in possibly making films [I have a bunch of ideas for screenplays and hope to direct.]
Music: I enjoy modern rock the most but nothing too heavy. I can dig just about anything else (except for other genres' answers to hard/heavy stuff... i.e. rock is to death metal as r&b is to gansta rap) and I will never be too hip to shake my booty to a catchy pop song.
Books: Usually I dig fiction published after 1900 but I am open minded to lots of things because I am a writer. I feel like I learn so much when I hop into something unusual.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I swam with pink dolphins in an Amazonian flood plain while surrounded by moon flowers. The water looked and felt like tea. At one point I was surrounded by the dolphins. Everyone on the trek was really positive and having them there really enhanced the experience, even though they were strangers only the day before. THEN: we had fried chicken for lunch! I was feeling silly so I ate with the cooks in the kitchen and they fed me extra chicken. That was December 30th, 2006. It was the best day of my life.
Teach, Learn, Share
I love to cook and eat. I will teach you how to make anything I believe I have mastered. (Guacamole is one of my easy specialties.) I am also trying to build up my repertoire of things I can cook so if you want to show me how to make something yummy - that would be awesome.
Beyond food - I am sure we will teach each other a lot if we have time to talk. Some general things everyone may know already but they're so important I am going to say them anyway: WRITE MORE LETTERS. Specifically: to grandparents, great aunts, elderly next door neighbors, anyone you have given at least a page's worth of thought to. Whatever you are doing or thinking should be shared with those you love/like/miss. Collect addresses and try to keep them. And use them. I have never been unhappy to receive a kind letter from a long lost friend. And no one has ever sent a letter of mine back...
ALSO: HAVE A (OR SEVERAL) MAP(S)! Maps get a bad rap but they really are the best.
SAY THANK YOU!
What I Can Share with Hosts
I always love to cook and I'm also happy to teach anyone how to make a dish that I've mastered. From there, I also like to provide whatever I can to make the hosting experience a party. (My definition of a party is just someone having fun. Two people can have a super great time. From there, the more the merrier!)
I also love sharing information about places that I've traveled and connecting people who can help each other (i.e. if you're headed somewhere I've been and I know someone there, I love to make an introduction!).
Besides that, general positivity is something I've got plenty of and love to share!
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, Uruguay, Virgin Islands, British
Countries I’ve Lived In
Ecuador, Poland, Turkey, United States