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Overview

  • 36 references 11 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Japanese, Romanian, Spanish
  • 36, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • University Professor, Assistant Director of the Global Di...
  • BA in International Relations & Politics, BA in Econo...
  • From Chicago, IL, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

I can't wait to go abroad, I just feel at home...not being at home!

ABOUT ME

I am very outgoing, always up for a new adventure and very intrigued by the world. I believe that there is so much out there to explore and I cant wait to see it all.

I graduated from the University of South Florida in 2007 and spent a year traveling before starting graduate school. In 2011 I received my Master of Public Health (MPH) in Global Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief. Now I have served as a faculty member at the University of South Florida teaching Disaster and Humanitarian Relief courses to Undergraduate students for the past 6 years. I have started my doctorate degree and will be a full time faculty and student for the next three years.

I am trying to meet new people along this journey called life.

PHILOSOPHY

Live life to the fullest and enjoy every experience that comes your way! Be positive and upbeat in every aspect of your life and live each day as if it's your last.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I have stayed with people oversees and have introduced many people to CouchSurfing. I have participated in CS meetups and have shown CSers around Tampa.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Surfed Alex: Gainesville,FL & Maastricht,Netherlands
Surfed Bukola: Prishtina, Kosovo
Surfed Henrique & Nicky: NYC
Surfed York: New Jersey
Surfed Robbert: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Surfed Jaqui: Brooklyn, NY
Hosted Kevin: Atlanta,GA, USA
Hosted Alice & Remus: Bucharest, Romania
Hosted Ben: Canada
Hosted Julian & Tina: Aachen, Germany
Hosted Sean (Panama City, FL): Wilmington, Delaware
Surfed Ajla & Josh: Washington, D.C.
Surfed Julia: Washington, D.C.
Surfed Sean: Wilmington, Delaware
Hosted Alex Farr (twice): New Zealand

Interests

I like almost anything and everything!!! I am the most laid back and open minded person you'll ever meet. I particularly like being outdoors, love skydiving, ocean kayaking, road trips, historical sites, art, FOOD, architecture, randomly exploring and seeing things for the first time!!!

  • arts
  • architecture
  • humanitarian relief
  • human rights
  • dining
  • instructor
  • traveling
  • outdoor activities
  • backpacking
  • kayaking
  • windsurfing
  • scuba diving
  • snorkeling
  • skydiving
  • hitchhiking
  • road trips
  • historic sites
  • beaches

Music, Movies, and Books

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
*The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Water for Elephants,Underneath a Marble Sky, Middlesex.

I love just about all music!

And I enjoy movies that are based on a true story or have a twist at the end & keep you on the edge of your seat! :)

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

~Cliff diving off of an 80 foot cliff in Negril, Jamaica and Windsurfing.
~Sunset at Ankor Wat.
~Seeing the Ping Pong Shows in Bangkok.
~Crawling through the Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam.
~Exploring the caves in Hoi An and the Bahamas
~Climbing the Amphitheater at the Acropolis of Pergamon.
~Backpacking 27km from the Border of Albania/Macedonia to Orhid (in the middle of the night).
~Watched divers jump off the Stari Most in Mostar.
~Worked with a Human Rights Delegation in Bosnia i Herzegovina & attended the Memorial Ceremony in Srebrenica (July 2008).
~Solo jump at 14,500 ft. at Skydive Florida in Lake Wales. Currently becoming AFF certified (on Jump 4) and my first jump the chute malfunctioned and had to do a cut away.
~Backpacking solo across the Baltics
~Hitchhiking in Iceland
~Sand-boarding in Huacachina, Peru
~Trekked from Mt. Salkantay (15,250ft) to Machu Picchu
~Flew over the Nazca Lines
~Cave tubing and Ziplining in Belize
~Snorkeling the Belize Barrier Reef with Sharks and spearfishing lobster for lunch on the Silk Cayes

Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, France, Greece, Iceland, Jamaica, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Belize, United States

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