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CURRENT ABOUT ME
I just moved to Angers on July 8th!
I'd like to make some friends, find a furnished apartment, find a side job as an English tutor, conversation partner, babysitter, dog-sitter, etc, research Masters programs, and find some weekly hobbies (dance or tennis anyone?).
And especially if you like to cook, hit me up! =)
ABOUT ME (JAN, 2016)
MISSION: To visit a country each month that has a cuisine with many plant-based dishes to feature on the Food + Travel section on www.blissfuleating.com.
In 2016, I will be visiting a new country each month. The countries I will be visiting are not set in stone yet. I am looking for cuisines that naturally feature many plant-based dishes for a new segment on www.blissfuleating.com. If you know about a cuisine that fits this description, I would LOVE to hear about it. Better yet, if you are a chef, foodie, or person who knows about/has access to the plant-based dishes of a particular cuisine, in its native country, I'd really love to meet you! I am hoping to network here, find lodging, find plant-based dishes to photograph and write about, and explore the beautiful cultures of this world to showcase them as best I can through Blissful Eating. Please contact me if you have any information you'd like to share. =) ll be searching the forums trying to find ideas and/or people to travel with.
I wish you all the best experiences and send lots of love to all in this beautiful Couchsurfing community!
ABOUT ME (2011):
I just finished four wonderful years in Eugene with a Biological Anthropology degree from the University of Oregon. I graduated from the anthropology department with honors after writing a thesis on why the return back to the Paleolithic diet (minus all animal source foods) is important for fixing the common health problems in America; namely cancer. I studied abroad in France when I was a sophomore and fell in love with the language and culture. I hope to find my way back there someday, maybe permanently.
My amazing father works for United Airlines so I have been extremely lucky in my life, being able to travel all over the world (however, these benefits end in 1 year!). Currently, I am very interested in spreading awareness about how the American diet contributes to the extremely high cancer rates in the US. I hope to put together a conference of speakers on the subject (first in San Francisco) so people know which foods to especially avoid and which to eat eat, eat!
In my spare time I love to exercise, rock climb, cook/prepare food, hang out with my family, play with furry animals, learn from books, the internet, and others, and especially travel. I volunteer at the Gerson Institute when I can in San Diego, CA since I am a fervent believer in using nutritional therapy to treat cancer. I think organic fruits and vegetables should be the basis of our diets in order to prevent disease as well. I eat a mostly vegan, gluten-free, packaged/processed food-free diet but sometimes enjoy organic eggs and raw seafood. I love, love, LOVE raw foods and green smoothies!
I am taking 2 years off before I begin my Masters/PhD degree to travel, volunteer, intern in research labs, learn Spanish, and possibly put together a conference and nutrition documentary.
It is incredible what one can accomplish when they do not allow fear to hold them back.
If you believe you can, anything is possible.
The more experiences one has, the more developed they become.
Be true to yourself!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I love to make contacts with people before I travel to a city. I also have been known to clean the house where I'm staying to feel like I'm contributing and not completely a burden (I might have a guilt complex...haha)
I cannot even express in words what the couchsurfing community has done for me. CS has given me the most incredible group of active friends in Hawaii, set me on my path of true healthfulness, brought me to my health guru and then my raw foods guru, giving me memories I will never forget... The people I have met on this site have literally changed my life in the best way imaginable. I don't know who I would be or what shape I would be had I never found it.
Traveling!! Rock climbing, dancing, raw foods, healthful lifestyles, humor and laughter, slacklining, hiking, camping, adventure, surfing, nature, playing the guitar, and meeting wonderful new people.
- raw food
- rock climbing
Music, Movies, and Books
Original Wisdom: Stories of An Ancient Way of Knowing - Robert Wolff, Beyond Civilization - Daniel Quinn, Ishmael - Daniel Quinn, Clan of The Cave Bear (Series) - Jean Auel
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Flying through a world of enormous white, pink, and blue clouds and knowing that they belonged to the home of Greek Gods and Goddesses, while on the decent to Crete, Greece. Rock Climbing in Arches & Moab, Utah and Yosemite. Watching a thunderstorm on the ocean at night, hundreds of miles away off the coast of Kenting, Taiwan while swimming in the warm ocean waters with my best friend. Walking the streets in Naxos, Greece while savouring a perfect, fresh, cheap gyro. Taking a cooking class and eating the fresh home-made italian goodness we created with my family in Tuscany, Italy. Finding a hidden sulphur hot spring in a naturally-created rock bathtub, in an ocean cave in Milos, Greece. Taking a felucca ride to a fruit-farming village island on the Nile in Luxor, Egypt. Finding a hidden house, stream, and meadow, under a canopy of trees on Naxos, in Greece, with my favorite traveling companion. Feeling the effects of good, clean raw food. Experiencing good samaritanism. Finding the great love of my life (thanks to CS) and creating a whole new life together. To be continued...
What I Can Share with Hosts
I can teach you a bit about cooking, photography, Holistic Health Coaching, plant-based eating, and building a website. I can also help you practice your English.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Wales
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, Greece, Guam, Thailand, United States