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Marissa Herzog

Kathmandu, Nepal

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Overview

  • 25 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Hebrew (modern)
  • 26, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • Post- College something or other
  • BA Anthropology/Sociology, Cognitivi...
  • From Massachusetts, USA
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To figure out my mission

ABOUT ME

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 four different states in the US but am finally taking a break from the States and am currently volunteering through a Nepali NGO for a four month program, working with women groups to teach them health skills and a general sense of empowerment.

So, here's to more adventures and worldwide friends!

PHILOSOPHY

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.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

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!

Interests

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!

Music, Movies & 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, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey

Countries I've Lived In

Israel, Nepal, United Kingdom

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