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I am from the United States but I have been living in Mexico City since August 2014. I travel whenever I can and have been couchsurfing since 2012.
I love playing chess and practicing languages (advanced Spanish and Portuguese, beginner French). I have a lovely pet dog named evie, so please keep this in mind if you have allergies when requesting to stay with me.
I am a runner, I run almost every day at my home in Mexico City.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I've been hosted in Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, Turkey, Egypt, Finland, Jordan & Austria.
I have hosted/continue to host in my home here in Mexico City.
In December 2014, I hosted a great couple from New Zealand who were driving from Canada to Argentina and ended up driving part of the journey with them and another friend I met on Couchsurfing (from Mexico City to Oaxaca)!
Having lived abroad quite a few times, I know the importance of becoming integrated into the communities I move to. Every time I move to a new place, I always turn to CS to help me make friends and get involved. Such an excellent resource.
I love Korean food, Thai iced tea ice cream, graham crackers with peanut butter, scalding hot coffee, coconut yogurt, Mexican street food (tortas de milanesa, tacos de pastor con piña), 25 cent pupusas, cantaloupe, homemade flan, tofu/all things vegan, and trying food with names I can’t pronounce.
- womens rights
Music, Movies, and Books
Books: Harry Potter, David Sedaris, Swedish crime novels (particularly Camilla Läckberg), the Glass Castle, Gillian Flynn, Middlesex, the New Jim Crow, Into the Wild (the only book I have read where the movie is JUST as good!), the Geography of Bliss.
Music: Keaton Henson, Ingrid Michaelson, Belle and Sebastian, Bear's Den, James Vincent McMorrow, Noah Gundersen, Beirut, Sufjan Stevens (always and forever), MÚSICA BANDA, Natalia Lafourcade, Iron & Wine,
As I am from Seattle, I tend to love slow, kind of sad Indie music that one would listen to on a rainy, rainy day (aka most days in Seattle).
I love Icelandic music: Olafur Arnalds, Of Monsters and Men, Pascal Pinon, Sóley, Múm, Jónsi... It is my dream of all dreams to visit Iceland.
Movies: I have seen very few. Mostly I stick to documentaries. Haima (a film about Sigur Rós/Iceland), Into the Wild, and more recently, the Argentine film, Relatos Salvajes.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I taught English in South Korea twice, camped in the Sahara Desert in Morocco, gone parasailing in the Bahamas, watched the sun rise in the largest salt flat in the world (Uyuni in Bolivia), hitchhiked solo in Europe, went on an 11-day backpacking trip in Yosemite National Park, snuck into Disneyland twice, ran a marathon and several half marathons, ate dog soup, danced under the stars in El Salvador, won a rad government grant to study my master’s degree in Mexico, traveled around Nicaragua on a motorcycle, learned to drive a stick shift in the abandoned back roads of Estonia, spent a summer as a nanny in a small village in Catlunya (Spain), became religious and then became unreligious, attended every Harry Potter premiere, spent two days in solitude in the forest (no food, no company, just a lake and iodine drops), went to a Beirut concert on my 19th birthday in Portland, became fluent and comfortable and happy in a second language, and traveled to around 30 countries.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I speak English, Portuguese and Spanish.
I can do a really good bird call.
KNITTING, how to cook vegan food (especially tofu, which is the best but has a bad rep.), how to play 'Smelly Cat' on the guitar.
I can count to ten in Hebrew, French, English, Spanish and Catalán.
"Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't" - Bill Nye the Science Guy
Countries I’ve Visited
Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Wales
Countries I’ve Lived In
Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, United States, Venezuela