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  • 11 References 1 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, French; learning Hindi, Spanish, Swahili
  • 30, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • Student
  • BA Geography, BEd Enviro. Education
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me


I would love to master the art of giving the perfect hug.


I seek adventure and laughter and lessons.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Hosting. I have hosted several travellers from my home in Vancouver, and in Toronto.

Meet-ups. In new cities and in my own city.

Surfing. I am currently using CS on a Pacific Coast cycle tour, and am meeting incredible people from this amazing site!


It was a random Edmonton CS meet-up. Just visiting in town for two weeks. I walked into the bar, nighttime, slighty dingy; I did a quick walkabout scanning for general traveler-looking type people (I'm sure you know that awkward moment I'm talking about). I was looking for people who looked like CSers, trying to guess which group of people I was supposed to meet. I was about to give up and leave when I was spotted.

"Hey!", I heard.

A looked over to see several large smiles at a round table in the corner.

They waved me over. "Over here! Couchsurfing, right?"

Relieved and happy, I spent a couple hours relaxing and meeting some of the friendliest and warmest people, swapping travel stories and hearing about big adventures.

CS has rocked my world ever since.

Strangers = immediate friends. What a beautiful thing.


Native Plants, Headstands, Natural Farming, Stringed Instruments, Permaculture, Bicycles, Backpacking, Books

  • yoga
  • reading
  • traveling
  • woodworking
  • canoeing
  • playing music
  • herbal medicine
  • fermentation
  • cycle touring

Music, Movies, and Books

Gary Snyder, Rumi, Tom Brown, Alan Watts, Nancy Turner, Stephen Harrod Buhner

Gillian Welch, Neil Young, Ani DiFranco, Josh Ritter, OCMS

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Shaking the hand of the Dalai-Lama.

Countries I’ve Visited

China, Ecuador, Egypt, England, France, India, Kenya, Mexico, Netherlands, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In


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