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To try something new every day
I've lived in Austin my entire life and love the fact that there's always something interesting going on here. There's live music every night of the week, plenty of swimming holes and hiking trails nearby, tons of bars, restaurants, and food trailers to hang out at, a pretty nice collection of locally owned businesses to check out, and lots of friendly people. I try to find a balance between participating in an active city life and hanging out in nature.
I like being outside as often as I can - camping, hiking, swimming, biking, gardening, rolling in the grass, and sitting in the sunshine.
Travel is always on my mind and I can often be found staring at maps and planning my next adventure. Whether it's a weekend excursion somewhere nearby or a longer trip in another country, I'm always up for going somewhere. If I sit still too long, I get the travel bug really bad.
With that said, I enjoy being domestic too and I spend a lot of time at home - sipping coffee on the porch, having a backyard bonfire with friends, cooking elaborate meals at home, dancing in the kitchen, collecting plants and growing garden veggies, working on various craft projects, cuddling with my cat and/or my dude, watching a good movie, and spending way too much time in front of a computer screen (I work as a freelance educational writer).
I am very low maintenance and can adapt to pretty much any situation. I can sit around chatting with people for hours, but I'm also content hanging out by myself (crocheting, cooking, reading, exploring).
Let's see...what else?
I've been vegetarian for over 15 years and am trying my best to be vegan. Miguel and I both love cooking and feeding people, so you'll probably end up having a meal with us if you're around for a few days.
My interests are wide ranging and constantly expanding, so I enjoy dabbling in many different things (like Polish folk dancing and aerial ballet...to name just a few).
I love meeting new people and I love learning new things. Too many people isolate themselves from other cultures and viewpoints. I believe that if everyone would take some time to step outside their comfort zone, the world would be a much better place.
Some long term goals include building my own house from scratch, and possibly opening a guesthouse and community garden.
Don't be afraid to laugh at yourself. When something awkward or weird happens, just smile. Once you take a few steps back, you'll be able to appreciate the experience with a sense of humor. And it'll make for a good story later.
Don't be afraid to get lost (whether that means wandering on unmarked paths, exploring unknown places, or just getting lost in thought).
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
However I can.
We've had many guests stay at our place - people from couchsurfing, airbnb, craigslist, friends of friends, and random folks from around town.
Couchsurfing has given me the opportunity to meet so many amazing people who I probably wouldn't have crossed paths with otherwise. I'm so grateful for all the lovely people I've met through this site and I hope we continue to keep in touch.
Food (cooking it, eating it, finding it, photographing it, talking about it), traveling, seed saving, cycling, meandering, long distance bicycle touring, hiking, gardening, reading, swimming, jumping, dancing, learning
Live music, wild camping, sipping strong coffee, enjoying a good beer, making lots of lists (and sometimes lists of lists), getting out of the city to see the stars, lounging in hammocks, walking aimlessly in a new place, exploring abandoned buildings, waking up naturally by the sun.
More about me: Cristen.net
Music, Movies, and Books
Off the top of my head...
Documentaries: The Future of Food; How's Your News; The Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players; Born into Brothels; Realms of the Unreal; Who Killed The Electric Car?; Off the Charts; Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters; The Up Series; Who Are The Debolts?; Dark Days; The Natural History of the Chicken; Buena Visa Social Club; The Cruise; Another Planet; Man on Wire; Word Wars; Grizzly Man, etc.Wildlife Documentaries: Animals Are Beautiful People, The Secret Life of Plants, anything by David AttenboroughOther Films: Harold and Maude; Dancer in the Dark; Life is Beautiful; Il Mostro; City of God; Hotel Rwanda; The Gods Must Be Crazy; Triplets of Belleville; Dead Man; Edward Sissorhands; Cinema Paradiso; Eagle vs. Shark, etc.Books: God of Small Things; The Glass Castle; Don't Let's Go To The Dogs Tonight; Hitchhiking Vietnam; 100 Years of Solitude; The Pornography of Meat; Diet for a New America; Invisible Man; Tuesdays with Morrie; Babylon by Bus; Down and Out in Paris and London; The Shock Doctrine; A Sideways Look at Time; vegan cookbooks; language books; photography books; travel guides; books about animals; lots of memoirs and non fiction, anything by Doctor SeussMusic: I like almost anything if it's entertaining, unique, and fun to listen to: Rock, Jazz, Bluegrass, Hip Hop, Folk, Classical, Ragtime, Mariachi, etc. etc.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I won a round the world ticket in a photo contest (15 stops, 1 year of travel). To me, that is the most amazing thing ever! On my trip, I hiked on glaciers in New Zealand, snorkeled at the Ningaloo Reef in Australia, wandered around the snow in Japan, got adopted by monks in Vietnam, went on an Israeli cooking show in Thailand, danced at a wedding party in Laos, cycled around temples in Cambodia, saw a wild orangutan while hiking alone in Borneo, fell in love with India, swam in salt lakes and fresh springs in the Egyptian desert, found distant relatives in a Syrian village, got swept off my feet by a giant gust of wind on top of a crater in Iceland, and met up with a good friend in Ireland. That trip sparked a travel bug in me that will never ever go away. And I've traveled quite a bit since then (trying to take off for months at a time whenever I have the chance).
To me, traveling is like a choose your own adventure story. It's best to keep your options open and make your plans one day at a time. The most amazing experiences are those that are unexpected and unplanned.
Teach, Learn, Share
I'd like to learn more about sustainable living, worm composting, garden watering/shading techniques, constructing eco-friendly homes. I'd also like to learn how to juggle, whistle, and meditate (though probably not all at the same time). But really...I just love learning and I'd be excited to learn anything from anyone.
As for me, I'm a scavenger - I like finding uses for things that others discard. That goes for stuff, but it also goes for food. I like making yummy-tasting dishes out of the little bits and pieces left over in people's refrigerators and cupboards. I can also discuss vegetarianism/veganism with anyone interested in learning about it, offer tips about traveling on a budget, share gardening and seed saving techniques, and show people how to crochet with plastic bags (http://bagsbegone.com/).
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Puerto Rico, Spain, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In