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Learning! Living in the present, having new experiences, always expanding the mind.
I'm an open-minded, independent person who loves to travel. I love exchanging cultures and learning about where other people come from. I'm serious about subjects that interest me--art, global affairs, international politics, literature, design, architecture--but am super laid back in my personal life.
The best way to learn is to travel and host others who travel. I absolutely adore the traveling community for having so vastly broadened my mind.
I grew up in the Midwest of the US, and went to university in Boulder, Colorado. After graduating, I spent a year backpacking Southeast Asia. I spent most of my time in Indonesia and Thailand, but ended up making it to about 10 countries. After backpacking Asia, I spent a year living in France.
I'm currently living in Geneva, Switzerland, where I'll be for a few years--if not forever!
Is the world BIG or small? This is one eternal question I have yet to figure it out in my mind. What do you think? Sometimes I think we live on such a tiny blue dot in the universe, but other times, especially when I'm having an intimate conversation in an amazing coffee shop, I think how big the world must really be, because there are so many amazing coffee shop convos happening right now in far away places--Yemen, Fiji, London, Beijing...
Keep learning. Keep moving. Keep traveling. Talk. Listen. Eat. Breathe. Take it all in! Don't let life crash down on you--build it up everyday by developing happy habits and cultivating cool relationships.
We can learn from everything. I once heard a saying "every time you walk out the door, you have a new experience." I wholeheartedly agree--even going to the local farmers' market can be a learning experience if you let it be.
Race, color, religion, gender don't mean a whole lot to me, other than that people with different experiences can teach you a lot about the world, and take your thoughts somewhere they haven't been before.
Derrida and post-structuralism. That says enough!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've been a host in France, Croatia, and the US, but unfortunately all I have to offer at the moment is a floor!
I've hosted people in my home, and I've also "hosted" people who already had places to stay, but needed to be shown around. I've also couchsurfed with friends and alone. When I'm in a city that has weekly meetings, I try to make it because they're always fun and interesting. Whether it's a Paris meeting with 300, or a Kansas City meeting with 3, it's always guaranteed, smart conversation.
First (like a lot of surfers), travel and everything it encompasses--meeting new people, seeing new places, trying new food, getting lost, finding yourself, having that intense feeling of being alive. The list could go on forever!
Aside from traveling, I love global affairs and contemporary art. For me, both are philosophies, and therefore ways of life.
Overall, I love to have a good time! Always down to grab a beer at a local pub, talk politics over a bottle of wine, or dance into the wee hours at a nightclub. Listening to acoustic guitar at a campfire in Thailand was pretty great too :)
Eating is also a central part of my life, whether it's cooking with friends, trying exotic food abroad, or having a cappuccino at my favorite coffee shop.
- contemporary art
- farmers' market
- pub crawls
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: The Skin I Live In, Shortcut to Nirvana, Shakespeare in Love, Mr. Nobody, The Flowers of War, Wall-E, Whores' Glory, Beasts of the Southern Wild--anything good and indie. Basically, I love films that are at least slightly unsettling that really make you think.
Music: synth-pop, chill and upbeat electro, indie, bluegrass, blues, underground hip-hop. Other long-time listening buddies have been the Blue Scholars, B.B. King, Old Crow Medicine Show, Norah Jones.
Books: A Fine Balance--best book ever! I'm also a big Tolstoy fan, but I'm currently reading Nietzsche's "Human, All Too Human"--slow going, but I love it.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
A volcano at sunrise in Indonesia, the beaches in Thailand, the cheese in France, the beer in Boulder.
Getting to know: a young orphan in Indonesia, a prostitute in Saigon, friend's grandparents in rural Croatia.
Teach, Learn, Share
Everyone! I think we can learn at least something from everyone. People who know a lot about science--physics, the universe, etc.--really interest me, because I am so under-educated in that area. In general, if you've got something interesting and/or cool to say, I'll listen :)
What I Can Share with Hosts
I'm a fun, upbeat person with a big personality but low-key otherwise. I also love cooking and am more than happy to exchange a dinner for a place to crash :).
Countries I’ve Visited
Belize, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, Indonesia, Switzerland, United States