Forest Abbott-Lum

Beijing, Beijing, China

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  • Princeton in Asia Fellow
  • University Laboratory School, Bennington College
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About Me


China 中国(!!!)


Fresh outta undergrad on a yearlong fellowship at an environmental NGO in Beijing.


"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe" -John Muir

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Travelling with an eye to get my kicks out,laugh a lot, and generally have a fantastic time with interesting people in interesting places. To learn what it will take to do good for the world and what motivates people to change and take action


Surfed in New Orleans, and Austin. Also have had wonderful experiences with hanging out with Couch Surfers in Flagstaff, Austin, Atlanta, DC. All of the people I met were absolutely baller.

Favorite experience so far was biking around DC at vaguely dangerous speeds with my host before the Forward on Climate Rally

I'd love to host some more and even out my Couchsurfing Karma please.


Hiking/ looking at animals/ good good live music/ field conservation/ looking out train windows/ exploring and travelling (well thats why we're all here, right?)/ dancing/ climate change activism/ freshly fallen snow/ conversations of all shapes and sizes.

Music, Movies, and Books

My First Summer in the Sierra, An Abundance of Katherines, Gregory Alan Isakov, Surfer Blood, Kanye w. , Amelie, Eating Animals, The Fall, David Foster Wallace, The Weeknd/ NPR/ This American Life/ The Moth/ David Sedaris/ Peter Hesseler/ Junot Diaz

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Riding horses through the Ecuadorian Mountains, and learning how to pack them with fuel, and food for the farm (Neverland Organic Farm)/ hiking to the mountaintop and waking up surrounded by mist/ dancing salsa till the morning in Quito.

Working and living in the smoggy suburbs of Beijing.

Travelling cross- country in the U.S. by Greyhound, which led to many an adventure.

Seeing pods of dolphins off the Na Pali Coast trail

Teach, Learn, Share

I can grow some pretty nice lettuce, among other plants. Gardening, rudimentary composting, and cooking for large numbers of people.

I can speak some alright Chinese but would love to get better.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Ecuador, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, United States

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