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  • 20 References 13 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish
  • 29, Female
  • Member since 2009
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  • Gabby: BA in English/Film Alyson: MA in Geography and MA ...
  • From Gabby: Cleveland, OH Alyson: Belfast, Northern Ireland
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About Me


To practice the art of living


(We are in Shanghai... If it says we have logged in from the USA it is because we are using a VPN and this allows us to access websites from the USA and temporarily changes our login location)

Our passions run deep, and we try to make the most of what life has to offer ! We believe that hard work and good fun are a part of life and neither should be neglected for too long.

We like art, sports and all kinds of music. We both are open minded , and love learning. We ride our bikes around Shanghai and are happy to loan a bike to you while we are at work to go for a spin around the city... or hopefully we can all go for a ride together.

Gabby recently started the couch to 5k program so a few times a week she is out and running in the early morning. I'm happy to have you join me, though I'm still jogging at a pretty slow pace right now... You will see people practicing tai chi in Jing'an park - for sure.

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Practice the art of living, get what you give. Being nice goes a long way!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


We have both hosted, met up with, and surfed. We love couch surfing and building connections while we are traveling or with other travelers. We don't really ever attend couchsurfing events.


It's an amazing opportunity to connect with people from all over the world. All of our experiences have been positive, and we want to continue to meet more people!


Films, Music, Art, Travel, Fun

  • arts
  • culture
  • photography
  • cooking
  • running
  • drinking
  • movies
  • traveling
  • music
  • cycling
  • surfing
  • skiing
  • sports

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Almodóvar films ( Volver, Broken Embraces, Bad Education ), Vertigo, 12 Angry Men, Gone with the Wind, Annie Hall, Casablanca, Grey Gardens, Crash, American Beauty, When Harry Met Sally, Volver, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Amelie, Forrest Gump, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Truman Show, The Devil Wears Prada,

TV: Six Feet Under, The L Word, Sex and the City, Law and Order: SVU,
Criminal Minds

Books: Jane Eyre, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Sirens of Titan, The Rules of Attraction, My Sister's Keeper, Bel Canto, The Hours, True Notebooks, Back When We Were Grownups, The Wedding, Love in the Time of Cholera

Writers: Pablo Neruda, E.E. Cummings, Dorothy Parker, Gertrude Stein, Emma Lazarus, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Philip Levine, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost, Toni Morrison, and more

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Most recently we loved our trip to the Great Wall of China. I honestly hadn't expected it to be so beautiful and such a fun experience. We took a ski lift up and got to sled down the mountain.

Teach, Learn, Share

We are happy to teach you anything we know how to do... Since you're visiting us in Shanghai, perhaps we can teach you how to bargain at the fake market... we have gotten really good at this over the past six months and it is something we love doing. We can also teach you some photography DSLR tips, or how to edit on Final Cut Pro... stuff like that. Really, we are happy to teach anything we can.

We love traveling and have seen and experienced many fun moments. Let's share our experiences together. We are happy to hear all about your tales over a drink.

Neither of us are good cooks, but we make attempts. We love when our guests can cook. If you can teach us something about your culture, or a word in your language... feel free to. Otherwise, no pressure, I am sure just by hanging out we can learn something from you.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Austria, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Brazil, China, United Kingdom, United States

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