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Grad student in urban planning.
Work primarily in development/planning/transportation type stuff.
Activism in labour rights, refugee support and anti-occupation. (May you live in interesting times, as they say.)
Virtually no longer read for pleasure because grad school will kill that, but I used to love science fiction, witty comedies and cooking spicy food. I also like hitchhiking, knitting funny hats and exploring hidden corners of cities.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Have surfed some and have hosted some and overall it's been all good.
Just generally met a lot of people, and have gotten a lot of useful advice and perspectives.
Some good stuff...volunteered in Wadi Rum in Jordan, got so many friendly responses for a last minute couch in Istanbul, had so much good food in Italy (really, whenever I go to any CS thing there ends up being good food. Can't complain. Try to do my bit by cooking.)
(This is now nine years old...)
Travel (well, rather,) reading, writing, science fiction and fantasy, feminism, labour rights, marxism, urbanism and urban planning, environmentalism, economic development, hitchhiking, dumpster diving...and trying not to be a complete head-in-the-clouds cliche of a hippie with all that as a list of interests. Yeesh.
- womens rights
- dumpster diving
- urban planning
- sustainable development
Music, Movies, and Books
I read a lot. I read mostly Science Fiction and Fantasy, because I like the totality of the conception genre writing allows authors. (Also, spaceships. I like spaceships.)
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4748847-tamara - Goodreads basically tells you way more about me than anything else I can think of.
In non-fiction I mostly read history, whatever might strike my fancy at the time. I'm always interested in Middle Eastern History though.
My musical tastes are fickle and ever changing, but Leonard Cohen and Ehud Banai have remained staples.
I don't watch many movies, to be honest - its one of those things i'm always planning to remedy.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Hitched across Scandinavia. (it rained)
Volunteered in Wadi Rum (It didn't rain)
Teach, Learn, Share
I can knit you a hat, organize you a protest or teach you how to hitchhike and some day i'll finish writing that novel already.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, Laos, Macedonia, Palestine, Poland, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Burundi, Israel, Netherlands, Ukraine