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To enjoy all that life has to offer, to experience new things, to meet people from every country, to laugh, dance, and sing!
Like to laugh, have a wacky sense of humor. I've been told I have a "child-like" nature - some days I'm not sure how to take that :) In my old age, I hope I am wiser! Love meeting people from different places, trading stories, debating philosophies. Done some travelling and some living, but not as much as I want! I volunteer off and on, usually with international and/or cultural groups, sometimes tutoring in English. Although I'm neither artistic or creative, I love to listen and look - we're important pieces of the puzzle too.
Although I had done some travelling in Canada and the US when I was younger, it was only when I was shipped across to China to do an IT work term for 6 months that the wanderlust flame was fully ignited. And finally, with a decent paying job working for the Man (gotta do what you gotta do), I'm able to do more of what I also wanted to do - travel. So although it's always on a budget, it's the experiences I have along the way that is the most important.
So much to say, so little space! Until we meet again ...
Be and let be. Shake your groove thang. Is it time for a nap yet? What's your happy dance look like?
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
By offering a couch for any desperate souls and by offering help or advice on sightseeing and things to do. And I tell everyone I meet all about the website! And donated $25 to the project.
First real-time CS experience was when I went to Europe for the first time (May 2009) and met with a wonderful CS'er for dinner and a stroll. I've attended some local CS events, had a few surfers, hosted some events, and am almost always available to hang out, go out to eat, listen to music, do some local sightseeing.
Reading, volunteering, researching on the Net, learning new things, always something on the go. I like cultural exchanges and will always include some sightseeing, museums and art galleries in my travels. Currently trying to learn both more French and Spanish at the same time - French for work and Spanish for love and travel!
- reading books
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies of action, suspense, comedy. Music of R&B, Blues, Soul, Reggae, Classical, mostly. Books of mystery and suspense, spiritual and self-knowledge. Light and easy for the most part cause daily life is serious enough and I've done my book learning for now through my uni degree and college diploma.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Just one?! Most amazing so far ... standing on Great Wall, not once but twice! I was told that it is said in China that you are not a great (wo)man until you have stood on the Great Wall two times. Well in this day and age, I say I am then a great woman! The 2nd time on the Wall was the most amazing in that it was remote with only our small group to be seen far in the distance either way.
Teach, Learn, Share
TEACH: Tutored English off and on for many a year. I enjoy intermediate-advanced teaching with using phrases, colloquialisms and/or slang, and debating issues, but also can help with the basics (as others have helped me in my various language learning basics).
SHARE: I'm a researchaholic so if you are looking for info that's not so easy to find, I probably can ;) I can share info on what to do in the area, what to see, where to stay.
I'm supposed to have an IT diploma so I am usually found to be helping someone clean their computer or teach them some software skills.
LEARN: I enjoy learning about cultural differences and sharing with others. Trying to learn French, and Spanish, on occasion dabble in Italian and Portuguese all at the same time!
And of course, I'm really good at laughing at myself and can help you learn that special skill too ;)
What I Can Share with Hosts
I can share some laughs and stories ... I can share a store-bought meal as I don't really don't have any mad skills in the kitchen ... I can try to clean up your computer if it's behaving sluggishly ... and practice English with you or Spanish or French for me.
For your home, I am considerate, quiet, clean, thoughtful, respectful and low maintenance. I will come and go as needed, clean up after myself, and entertain myself except when you may have time to spend doing something together.
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, China, Cuba, France, Japan, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In