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  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, German, Spanish, Swahili
  • 30, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • emergency physician
  • ex-UCLA/Columbia student, current-resident physician, but...
  • From San Jose, CA, USA
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About Me


save the world, one hug at a time!


i'm a silly but serious, funny but contemplative, adventurous but OCD lover of life.
i talk really loud, especially in places that i shouldn't, like the library or on public transportation.
i love subways and think they should build one in LA.
i think ice cream is best eaten when it's raining outside, and if you're in mendoza,argentina... you have to do it!
a well timed hug is the best present anyone could give me.
i love spontaneous people.
i'm passionate about life.
one can never have too many toe-socks!
i actually like school.
i like talking to random people (some call them strangers, but i call them potential/future friends) and hearing their stories.
dancing is not something i'm that good at, but i love it anyway.
my sister is my best friend.
i'm really random...most all of the time.
smiling is my favorite. :0)

but most of all, i'd like to meet you!

--soy "silly" pero seria, chistosa pero pensativa, aventurera pero "OCD" amante de la vida.
--hablo en voz muy alta, especialmente en lugares donde no debo (como la biblioteca) o adentro de transportes públicos (como el bús).
--me gustan subterráneos y pienso que deben construirlo en los Ángeles (california, EEUU).
--creo que helado es lo más riquísimo cuando está lloviendo afuera, y si estás en mendoza, argentina, ¡tienes que comerlo!
--un abrazo oportuno es lo mejor regalo alguien puede darme.
--¡me encantan las personas espontáneas!
--soy apasionada sobre la vida.
--¡alguien nunca puede tener demasiado calcetines con dedos!
--de hecho, me gusta escuela/la universidad.
--me gusta hablar con personas al azar (unos se llaman forasteros, pero se llamo amigos potenciales/amigos del futuro) y oír sus historias.
--no tengo talento en bailar, pero de todos modos me encanta.
--mi hermana es mi mejora amiga.
--soy muy "random"... la mayoría del tiempo!
--sonriente es mi favorito. :0)

pero lo más importante es.... ¡A mí me gustarí­a conocerte!!


there is something to learn from everyone: take what you like from those you meet and incorporate it into yourself. take what you dislike from others and actively work to avoid being like that.

everyone can change the world... even if just one hug at a time!

hay algo para aprender desde cada persona: toma lo que a ti te gusta desde estas personas y incorpora adentro de ti mismo. toma lo que a ti no te gusta desde otras personas y trabaja evitandolo duramente en ser así.

cada persona puede mejorar el mundo.... ¡aún con solo un abracito!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


i host a lot, since currently i am unable to travel for long periods. but when i doo... i know that the CS community will return the favor! i love CSers--so generous!!

usualmente, hospedo mucho, porque estoy muy ocupada y (lamentablemente) no puedo viajar por tiempos largos. pero cuando lo hago.... yo sé que la comunidad de Couchsurfing va a ayudarme también! me encanta CS--¡¡tan generoso!!


he tenido mucha experiencia hospedando y siendo hospedada:

my first experience november 2007 was when i stayed with a really nice girl in viña del mar, chile for a bit. we sat on her couch and practiced spanish together, as well as walked around the beach and ate awesome food. she had great suggestions of where i should go and what i should do. it was a great great experience!

and then earlier in 2008, maybe around february, i showed a REALLY cool guy around UCLA campus, where i go to school. it was so much fun just walking around and joking for hours on end. haha, he's even louder than ME! and not many people can be that. it was great!

and then a little later, i was in NYC and i met up with some of the coolest couchsurfers up to date! i think they had 12 CSers stay at that place the previous night and it was definitely a good time. :] thanks guys!

i have also hosted a bit since, all amazing experiences:

in Los Angeles, CA:
yanick from switzerland
symone from australia
jonas from sweden
ralf from switzerland
leo from germany

alicia from san francisco/virginia
jasmin and mira from the netherlands
dan from boston
georgi from bulgaria/florida
britta from germany
chad from jersey
niek from the netherlands
hanna from germany
yanick (again!) from switzerland
philipp from germany
sofiene from tunisia

in New York City, NY
yanick (again x2!) from switzerland

brendan from australia
britta from new york/new jersey/north carolina
natalia from colombia/turkey/panama
sabrina from germany
joe from england
jul from germany
philz from germany
vanessa from austria
casey from australia
hayden from australia (he actually went to high school with casey! tiny world!!)
mike from ohio
vahe from new zealand/california
ulrike from germany
elisa from italy

in Nairobi, Kenya
etienne from france
yanick!! who came to travel and climb kilimanjaro with me!

in New York City, NY once again
misha from uzbekistan/california
mitchell from georgia
agustin from chile
mike from colorado
yanick (again! x3) from switzerland
ryan from california/texas

claire from california
matt/mathew from "corn..ll" england
paola from italy

camille from switzerland
yanick (again x4!) from switzerland
mark from england
pedro from brazil
libby from canada
marc from canada
nick from hawaii/massachusetts
issa from jordan/lebanon
roberto from italy
tobias from germany
ariane from france
alex from colorado

in Lima, Perú!
libby (again!) and bryan from canada

yanick (again x5!) from switzerland
libby and bryan (again x2!) from canada

in New York City, NY
marcos from sevilla, spain (sort of)

in Fresno, CA
issa (again!) from jordan

my surfing experience:
stephanie in viña del mar, chile

hugo in los angeles, california
james in washington d.c.

eyal, deep, and joey in philadelphia, pennsylvania
philip in kisumu, kenya

gary and rose in albuquerque, new mexico
scott and nate in flagstaff, arizona
yanick (the first time i surfed HIS place!!) in ottikon, switzerland
isabelle in locarno, switzerland
sabrina in lausanne, switzerland

andrés in lima, perú
christian in lima, perú
angelo in huanchaco, perú
dmitry y vainilla en pucón, chile
"afro" cristhian y su familia in lambayeque, perú
david in las vegas, nevada

gary in iquitos, perú
angelo (again!) in huanchaco, perú
steven in seaside, california
mick in new york, new york
john in chicago, illinois
david (again!) in las vegas, nevada
david and tuyet in fresno, california
marc (returning the favor) in calgary, alberta, canada
libby (returning the favor) in edmonton, alberta, canada

reilly in denver, colorado

through the years, i've also met up with and hung out with a bunch of Couchsurfers!
LA: Brian, Hevanna
NY: Kieran, Nicky, Rebecca, Kevin, Mark, Melissa, Mick, Yara, Marcos
Panama City, Panama: Catalina, Oris
London, UK: Yahye, Jaime
Nairobi, Kenya: Emily, Tony, Dan
Locarno, Switzerland: Marco
Lima, Perú: Pedro, Carmen, Edwin, Jan, Mayra, Nadege, Roy, Mayo, Luis, Enrique, Robin, Stefan
Pucón, Chile: Camilo, Javier, Diego, Santiago

i can't wait to meet more people through cs!


water polo, climbing mountains, scuba diving, being a nerd, swimming, eating rain drops, ice cream, getting wet in stormy weather, happy people, smiling, HUGS, the chilean besito, talking to random people, SNOW, spreading love through doing nice things for people you don't even know!

polo acuático, subiendo montañas, busiando, siendo un "geek" o "nerd", comiendo la lluvia, HELADO!!, jugando en tiempo tormentoso, personas felices, sonriente, ABRAZOS, el besito (chileno Y peruano!), hablando con deconocidos, nieve, extendiendo amor por hacer cosas buenos para otras personas aunque no los conozco!

  • dancing
  • dining
  • walking
  • boating
  • traveling
  • surfing
  • scuba diving
  • rock climbing
  • water polo
  • swimming
  • beaches
  • mountains

Music, Movies, and Books

desde mi musical favorito, llamado wicked:
this is from wicked, my favorite musical:

"I've heard it said
That people come into our lives
For a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you

Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You'll be with me
Like a hand print on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend"
---Wicked *For Good*

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

i drove a boat with 130 people on it in the strait of magellan (south america) to an island (isla magdalena) to see a cute colony of magellanic penguins!!

i also hiked up (by myself and in the dark!) to the highest point in panama, and gazed upon the pacific ocean and the caribbean sea during the beautiful sunrise. :)

watching the sun rise above stella point and uhuru peak on kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in africa. :)

what can i say? i love mountains! huayna potosi, i have my sights set on you next!

manejó un barco con 130 personas en el Estrecho de Magallanes a una isla (Isla Magdalena) para ver una colonia mona de pinguinos!!

subí­ (por si mismo y en el oscuro) a la punta más alta en Panamá¡, y miraba en el océano pacífico y el mar caribe al mismo tiempo al almacer!

viendo la salida del sol encima de "stella point" y "uhuru peak" en kilimanjaro, la montaña más alta en toda África. :)

qué puedo decir? me encantan montañas! huayna potosí­, ¡eres la próxima!

Teach, Learn, Share

We all have so much to teach each other... and so much to learn!

Tenemos tanto para aprender y enseñar a otros!!

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, China, Colombia, El Salvador, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

Chile, Kenya, Peru, Taiwan, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Uganda, United States

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