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Elaine Gonzalez

Bronx, New York, United States

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Overview

  • 10 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Spanish
  • 35, Female
  • Member since 2010
  • 6th Grade Math Teacher
  • Manhattan Center for Science and Mat...
  • From NYC
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

All good things are wild and free. - Henry David Thoreau

ABOUT ME

Hello fellow CouchSurfers! I'm a NYC public school teacher. Have been a math teacher for the past 10 years and I love my job because I get so much time off!

I love foreign films, music, reading, museums, running, walking into random places for no given reason. Basically I love excitement and of course I love to travel.

I love watching the BBC News, drawing (although I'm not very good at it), shopping, going out to eat, trying new types of food.

I am the type of person that helps people carry groceries across the street. Very generous, honest and giving. I also love to learn about different cultures.

I am excited about seeing all of the beauty and excitement the world has to offer!

PHILOSOPHY

"I have found that one of the commonest causes of unhappiness among my patients is that they are attempting to live their lives on the deferred payment plan. They do not live, nor enjoy life now, but wait for some future event or occurrence. They will be happy when they get married, when they get a better job, when they get the house paid for, when they get the children through college, when they have completed some task or won some victory. Invariably, they are disappointed. Happiness is a mental habit, a metal attitude, and if it is not learned and practiced in the present it is never experienced. It cannot be made contingent upon solving some external problem. When one problem is solved another appears to take its place. Life is a series of problems. If you are happy at all, you must be happy-period! Not happy "because of."

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I will participate by being a great guest/host to everyone I meet!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Am trying to create some as we speak!

Interests

Music: New Wave/80's: The Smiths, Depeche Mode, New Order, A flock of seagulls, U2 and so many more. Britpop: Blur, Oasis, Pulp, Keane, Coldplay, Radiohead, London Suede, Travis. Oldies: The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Led Zep, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and so much more. 90's grunge/Alternative: Green Day, Weezer, Nirvana, Red Hot Chilly Peppers, The Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam. Spanish Rock: Zoe, Lucybell, Soda Stereo, Caifane/Jaguares, Los Enanitos Verdes, Gustavo Cerati, Babasonicos, La Ley.

Music, Movies & Books

MOVIES:

Bridget Jones's Diary Avatar 500 DAYS OF SUMMER Real Women Have Curves Food Inc. Amelie Life Is Beautiful Lost In Translation Sicko Bowling For Columbine The Color Purple The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Ever After The Pianist City of God Shawshank Redemption Crips and Bloods: Made in America 50 First Dates Schindler's List The Wedding Singer The Joy Luck Club Sabrina The Notebook Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in The Hood Milk Marie Antoinette Fahrenheit 9/11 Dumb and Dumber Apocalypto The Nanny Diaries Selena All Jason Bourne Movies Persepolis Supersize Me Harold and Kumar go to White Castle Life and Debt All Spiderman films

MUSIC:

The Smiths Anything from the 60's The Beach Boys Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Depeche Mode Death Cab For Cutie Led Zeppelin Thievery Corporation The Beatles Zoe The Radio Dept. Keane Sigur Ros Radiohead U2 Pulp London Suede Los Enanitos Verdes Shakira Soda Stereo Gustavo Cerati Bjork Caifanes Jaguares Astrud Gilberto Bebel Gilberto Antonio Carlos Jobim Stan Getz Jeff Buckley The Cranberries The Cure The Police Billy Joel Marc Anthony Juan Luis Guerra Lucybell Mana Peter Gabriel Aterciopelados La Ley Mikel Erentxun Tears for Fears Joe Jackson Blondie Duran Duran New Order Pet Shop Boys Flock Of Seagulls Coldplay Travis Oasis Robbie Williams Cesaria Evora Seal 500 Days of Summer Regina Spektor

BOOKS:

Too many to list. Usually non-fiction.

The Audacity Of Hope The Diary of Anne Frank Night Fast Food Nation The Omnivore's Dilemma Life of Pi Jemima J. Making Faces The China Study House of Bush, House of Saud Goodnight Bush (a parody) Stupid White Men Dude, Where's My Country? The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Hiked and skied over glaciers (over 100 miles) from Juneau, Alaska to Atlin, British Columbia for 2 months of my life (summer of 96).

Teach, Learn, Share

The best thing you could do is to give without expecting anything in return.

Countries I've Visited

Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Iceland, Korea, Republic of, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Dominican Republic, United States

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