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I go by Gaitho. I am a Kenyan native with a little streak of wanderlust. I've been to 20 countries (worked in a couple) and relished all of it! (including the night buses and almost-homelessness a couple of times) I love what I do- sexual and gender minority rights advocacy and litigation in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. (YAY working toward a progressive & equitable world!) I am an unapologetic, radical feminist with strong opinions, a penchant for books (who else thinks their kindle is an extension of their limbs?) and a tendency to wrap myself up in a cocoon and binge watch shows for entire weekends. I have a passion for french fries/belgian frites/chips and a love for yoga which are (almost) unparalleled. I try for zen, I often end up with 'meh- mostly okay'. And I can live with that.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
First, I ascribe firmly to the digitization of travel and our experiences of meeting new people, that characterizes this oh so great millennial era. Second, couch surfing is undeniably a really great way to meet incredible people and foster great interactions, all while exploring a new country/city. I like the sense of community and the socialized aspect of couch surfing that rubber-stamps the idea that good neighborliness hasn't quite yet been killed by capitalism.
Yoga, Books, Tv, music (quite the eclectic range), Food. :)
Music, Movies, and Books
My music taste is a bit eclectic... really loving SZA (Ctrl is a must-listen..really), RAY BLK and Sevdaliza at the moment. In addition to the ever loved afrohouse/ancestral house(S/O to Boddhi Satva), deephouse mixes that provide a constant playlist to my life:)
I read a variety of book genres. My current favorites are Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life and Warsan Shire's Teaching my mother how to give birth as well as Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give (which inarguably breathes new life into the Black Lives Matter movement- I would argue she's our 21st century, YA, literary MLK)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
An internship in Eastern Europe on the training of Afghani Women on Human Rights! So much intersectionality.!
Teach, Learn, Share
Human Rights/International Law/Comparative Gender & Sexual Orientation Law
How to run a business
What I Can Share with Hosts
My experiences thus far and lessons learnt!
My infrequently applied but nonetheless solid culinary skills (Asian, African, South American cuisine mostly)
Tips on travel/life in Nairobi/Kenya, The US( specifically the East Coast and Mid West) and many, many parts of Europe!
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Qatar, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In