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To figure out my mission
Right now I am in the middle of trying to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life after my undergraduate experience in college, and what better way than to start traveling! Growing up, I never really traveled outside of North America.
So far I've lived (outside of the US) in Scotland and Israel and done small bits of traveling in Europe and the Middle East in between. And thanks to CouchSurfing and other random adventures, I've made lots of friends along the way :)
Additionally, I have lived in now five different states in the US, taking little breaks when I can to other parts of the world!
I just arrived from the central coast of California to New Orleans, Louisiana (via car) on a whim and will make this my homebase for the next few months, and am super pumped about it :)
So, here's to more adventures and worldwide friends!
Do what you love, love what you do and (try to) fuck the rest.
It is important to keep pushing yourself and your comfort zone to really experience life (for me, it would be immersing myself in a foreign country without knowing anyone there). Also I think cultural exchange is vital in life; people need to see the world through other people's points of views.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Try to give as much as I can, listen to others, be open-minded and try to enjoy my time as much as possible. I am a person that loves helping other people.
Since I am often not able to host - due to my constant moving or having roommates not comfortable with hosting surfers - I try to give back by giving people rides! When in the US, I have my car with me, so I am happy to help someone out by giving them a ride to the next city, bus station, etc. if I have the time. I love helping a fellow traveler out and there are always interesting conversations that arise.
It's been great going out on a whim and getting to know and stay with the locals or people who have lived in the area. It's only through Couchsurfing that I have been able to experience everything from fun ukelele and moshpit shows in St. Louis to meditating in an ashram in Vancouver and impromptu dance house-parties in Vancouver to exploring the best local pastry and fish market by the river in Istanbul.
When I am traveling and staying with someone outside of CS, or living in an unfamiliar place, the first thing I will do is reach out to the local CS community. Every single person I have met in those events has been warm, inspiring, friendly, full of experience and positive energy. That's why I keep coming back to CS!
My interests are really everywhere. Sometimes I like to relax and watch cartoons or Monty Python. Sometimes I will binge-watch all the Good Mythical Morning episodes on YouTube I've missed out on.
I also love outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, camping, climbing a mountain if I'm up to it. I try to stay physically active - I practice Capoeira, read, jog, go for long walks.
I also like being in the city nightlife of hanging out in bars and sometimes clubbing ... I have a lot more I can't think of off the top of my head but most importantly, I just want to explore!
- outdoor activities
- rock climbing
Music, Movies, and Books
A book whose lessons I take deep to heart is Herman Hess' Siddartha.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I had an internship the summer after I graduated working with a nonprofit called the International Rescue Committee in which I worked with all the departments to resettle refugees and asylees from all over the world into the city of Baltimore. I got to directly help displaced people and families from all parts of life and make them feel at home in a foreign country. It was really hard work and I only got paid in gas money for driving clients around, but it was incredibly rewarding.
Teach, Learn, Share
I was watching a traveling show a while ago where the host said that the best way to get to know the people of a foreign place is to go to the bar. I hope this is true :)
What I Can Share with Hosts
Stories! I have had many odd, epic and strange adventures and events that have happened to me and met many beautiful people along the way. Give me enough time and I will recount a story. I will also offer a listening ear to your experiences and stories because communicating and sharing is how we learn about life.
I also like to cook - I'm not a professional, but I have fun experimenting with foods and throwing them together. And of course, I will respect your space and keep it clean and tidy.
I have surfed many times and each time I am so grateful for the world of couchsurfing and its hosts, so lastly, I will provide hugs and gratitude!!
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Turkey
Countries I’ve Lived In
Israel, Nepal, United Kingdom