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Overview

  • 8 References 5 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 30, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • mediocre office job=mind numbing monkey work. Underemploy...
  • Syracuse University BA in Anthropology/Spanish, minor in ...
  • From Los Angeles, California
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

to jump off the hampster wheel of life

ABOUT ME

I will forever be intrigued by the foreign, the new, and the daring. Travel and change are my companions but the true loves in my life are family and friends. I'm a student of life that has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. If and when I get bored and if and when funds allow, I change location.

PHILOSOPHY

"Travel far and long away my friend, and you will find something of incredible beauty---yourself"

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Others stay awhile leaving footprints on our soul and we are never the same." -HDT

Life is short. All the good and bad that happens in between is a wonderous mix of fleeting memories, a learning series of relationships and self discovery...a whirlwind of thought and emotion. If we consider the phenomenal vastness and complexity of the universe-- we become quite tiny, very insignificant in the makeup of it all, don't we? If we are here on this earth but one short, insignificant lifetime, one passing chance at existence to learn all we can and be all we can, then I'm going to see and do all I can before I die. Before I close my eyes one last time and breathe my last breath, I want to be comforted by the belief that I have lived.

"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'Wow! What a ride!'"
-Hunter S. Thompson

"Buy the ticket, take the ride."
-Hunter S. Thompson

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I prefer couchsurfing to any other way travel. It's a sure way to immerse oneself more fully into a culture and learn about life in other coutries first-hand. When I am traveling abroad, I couchsurf. When I'm anchored some place for a while, I try to do what I can to help out fellow couchsurfers- be it whether I have a couch, spare time to hang out and have a drink, or be a tour guide for a day.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I've been hosted by wonderful people all over Europe...each is a different, unforgettable experience, and nothing I would ever change.

I think my most favorite couchsurfing experiences occur when any number of international surfers are hosted at the same time by the same very generous host. A situation like this all too easily turns into great party.

Interests

learning, travel, anthropology, art, international/political affairs, seeking out truth, big cities, meeting new people, working out, dancing, language, sci-fi/fantasy movies & books, long conversations over a bottle of wine, exotic dishes & untried cuisine, fashion, shoes, sitting in the morning sun, and of course SoCal...because home is also where the heart is.

  • arts
  • culture
  • books
  • fashion
  • beauty
  • dancing
  • wine
  • working out
  • partying
  • drinking
  • clubbing
  • movies
  • traveling
  • music
  • hunting
  • anthropology
  • tourism

Music, Movies, and Books

Prometheus, Pan's Labrynth, 300, Little Children, Crash, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Dirty Dancing, Office Space, Pulp Fiction, Edwards Scissorhands, Nothing But Trouble, House of Sand and Fog, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, City of God///Indie, House, Electronic, Rap, Hip Hop, 80's, funk///Girls, Eleven Minutes, the Dan Brown novels, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Kite Runner, The Hunger Games

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I danced all night at an epic water party in Ibiza---international students, a downpour of rain in the middle of the club, house music, and plenty to drink...enough said.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Spain, United States

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