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Emily Williams

Tampa, FL, USA

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Overview

  • 82 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Portuguese, Spanish
  • 24, Female
  • Member since 2010
  • No occupation listed
  • University, self
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Hmmmm...

ABOUT ME

***Please read this section to the end*** Hi, Everyone! I'm a silly, affectionate, outgoing girl who tends to connect with others quickly..Lover of life, lover of love, lover of fun, grateful for each new day and the opportunity it promises...just trying to spread love and healing to the world. My values are rock-solid, though my goals and emotions change a lot-- my impulse is to try to outrun the chatter of my mind with constant change. In fact, I need to slow down sometimes and find peace within the quiet of my mind. I seek freedom, which probably explains why I am happiest on the road. I love minimal and unstructured travel (backpacking, hitchhiking, and leaving lots of space for spontaneity). And I really love the idea of connecting with strangers through couchsurfing. So send me your requests! And I will do my very best to show you why I love Tampa so much :)

CS to me has never been about just finding a couch to crash for the night. It's a mutually-enriching exchange of good energy, skills, experience and culture, and on many occasions CSers have become friends that I reconnect with all over the world :) If you are new to the site, please understand I am an old-school fan of couchsurfing.org, before CS sold out to a for-profit company and became couchsurfing.com! CS is for when you desire a true cultural exchange and experience and want to immerse yourself into someone else's lifestyle. Now that CS has grown so much, I do look for surfers and hosts who still understand the original values of the site. So, this should be obvious, but if you send me a request, **you must include why you want to stay with me, specifically** lol Also! I work in music and am out of town playing gigs MOST weekends. Your best bet is to come during the week, but you NEVER know so just send your request along!! :) Last-second (day-of) requests often work well with my busy schedule

Oh, and please, No Homophobes!... guess why :)

PHILOSOPHY

Love yourself. Love others.

The world is healing and it's starting with me!

Treat all with kindness.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Hosting, surfing, meetings, community! I <3 CS!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

About 80-90 CS interactions (hosting or surfing) at this point, I think. I have surfed in my home country (the US), England, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands.. I have hosted in England, the US (Florida), and Bulgaria.. I've gone to CS meetups.. Found travel companions through CS groups when I was traveling solo .. Arranged rides.. Stayed in CS camps at Transitions Festival '11 and BOOM '12. Currently, I'm mostly hosting in Tampa.

Interests

Well, I'm a musician - I've worked as a drummer on and off for years, but I'm also a singer/songwriter and play several other instruments. Whether I'm playing or just listening, music truly moves me, and helps me experience love and Oneness.

I love really anything enjoyed outdoors, in the sun, or on the water: hiking/trekking around in nature, wandering, wilderness camping, living minimally off the earth. I do lots of water sports, like wakeboarding and surfing, and I love canoeing in Florida's beautiful spring-fed rivers.

I like minimal travel, too (hitchhiking, couchsurfing), because it creates the most local experience possible. Even if I had all the money in the world, I would still probably hitchhike and use CS. I love going to festivals (music and transformational) because there I have two of my favorite things: Live music, and warm, open, connected people!

Other interests include going to out to parties and concerts, exploring new beautiful places in nature, snuggling, playfighting, attacks of laughter, juggling, dancing(!!!!!).. making new friends, debating current events, and yes, staying up on political issues, advocating for the underrepresented, going to the beach, and doing anything active or athletic (basketball, soccer, frisbee, tennis, etc). I also have lots of academic and business interests. I've worked as everything from a start-up consultant, to a teacher at a non-profit for refugee kids, to a sales associate, to a professional musician and many things in between!

Music, Movies & Books

Psht ... too many for me to narrow down here! My favorite movie is Thelma and Louise. I like lots of books and LOTS of music.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

-Hitchhiking to psytrance festivals in Spain and Portugal -BOOM festival -Staying in a squat in Ibiza -Hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim -Euro pride in Rome -Working at a farm on the Costa Rican/Nicaraguan border over the summers as a kid -Swimming with Manatees in Florida all growing up -Studying for a term at Oxford -Staying in a shack on the beach in Goa, India -Nightlife in Hamburg/Berlin -Camping and living off the earth in the beautiful, wild nature in Samothraki, Greece -Hosting travelers from all over the world in Sofia, Bulgaria -Burning Man and subsequent travels to Lake Tahoe and Yosemite

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you the drums or guitar. I teach lots of surfers also how to ski or wakeboard if we can go out in the boat while you're here. Or if you're interested in psychology, I can teach you the Enneagram (it's basically a really transformative and powerful personality typology system, but it's been in development for centuries and is still used by modern licensed psychologists in their practices!). I'm pretty open to learning new things.. Always interested in language acquisition.. or in learning a new recipe. I'd like to improve my Spanish. It is very fluent at this point, but there's always room for improvement. My German is finally getting pretty ok, just trying to get conversationally comfortable -- I would love to improve this, too. Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and German are all languages I'd like to learn/practice.

Countries I've Visited

Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

Bulgaria, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States

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