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In the 33 years I have walked this earth I have been a wide spectrum of things. I have been the child and the caregiver, been shallow and deep, been smart and have been stupid all too many times. I have been privileged and the way things are going I will soon live the life of a bum. Always the sinner, once a saint and a martyr. Experienced the family life and has been orphaned. I've loved completely, I've hated deeply. I've been a student (always will be) and I've been a teacher. I modelled before I was a waitress (reverse Hollywood syndrome). Lived in the East, resided on the West. Has lived on both sides of the coasts, and both large oceans. I've lived, Iâve died, obviously lived again. Iâve been the social butterfly, Iâve been the ostracized one and apparently lately the wallflower. Have abused and been abused. Been a dog person, been a cat person. One to stay up late for the sunrise, staked out countless sunsets. Lived with a Jewish grandma, grew up with Muslims and went to an all-girls Catholic school, pressured to be a Born-again by my bestfriend (don't even start with me on religion, I'm DONE with it). Been a smoker, can't stand it now. Been drunk for days consecutively, been sober for weeks at a time. Been the poison, been the cure. Been a prude, been impure. Always the honest compulsive liar. Never does her homework, writes final papers in a pub. Been a person of principle, and a hypocrite. Rode the very highs, scraped the lowest of lows. Campaigned for many causes to change the world, failing to realize that the greatest cause that I should've campaigned for was to change myself. I've thrown it all away, packed up shop and started all over again, time and time again. I've played many parts, walked many, many miles in someone else's shoes and yet I know that there is still yet hundreds of miles and many paths in front of me.
MY TRAVELOSOPHY: Take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but broken hearts ... I mean footprints
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've worked for the CS project in it's earlier years. Hosted and recruited many surfers during my time. Gave tour guides around cities I've lived in. Even did a photo shoot for a couple on their honeymoon.
*canadians carl and carl
*celine le bon
*kiwi jeremy (cooljero)
*sebastian le tuan
*chawap in thailand
*nick in mexico
*kiwi steve in maui
*met buffalo mike in montreal and partied it up then surfed his couch in buffalo and had some awesome indian food a few years later! now he has to come to spain
oh god where do i start? ... let's just go with A LOT OF PEOPLE
photography , books, art, music, writing, the beach, the ocean, wandering around museums, futbal (soccer), travel , surfing, climbing, camping, chocolat, new experiences, backpacking, van gogh, languages , good food, good wine, espresso and good coffee (the strong ones you find around the Mediterranean), shopping, long idle conversations, les etoiles (the kind that twinkles, not the ones in LA who think the world revolves around their blonde head), pleasure, learning, meandering about town, seeing what Chinatown is like in every city, every country, spending hours alone in a coffee shop just ÃâbeingÃâ, spending hours alone in a coffee shop with a good friend lost in long comfortable conversation and long comfortable silences, being alone in my flat singing at the top of my lungs and dancing madly.
- indian food
- pub crawls
- rock climbing
Music, Movies, and Books
Genres: Classical. Jazz. Rock. Hip hop. Latin. Indie.
Specifically : Maurice Ravel. Stan Getz. the Gilbertos.
Oscar Peterson. Nina Simone. Yo Yo Ma. Louis Armstrong.
Ray Charles. Quincy Jones. Ella Fitzgerald. Dean
Martin. Peter Tchaikovsky. Pink Martini. The Cat
Empire. Incubus. Patricia Kaas. Carla Bruni. Moloko. Jack Johnson. The Rolling
Stones. A Tribe Called Quest. DÃâAngelo. Seal. MC
Solaar. Mozart. Swing Out Sister. Schumann. Diana
Krall. Gal Costa. Jamiroquia. Tom Jobim. Maroon 5.
Count Basie. Oasis. Duke Ellington. 311. The Beatles.
I actually rarely watch movies Ãâ¦ living in LA jades you
I guess. Some stuff I do like though Ãâ¦ Waking Life. The
DevilÃâs Advocate. Y Tu Mama Tambien. The Talented Mr.
Ripley. The Motorcycle Diaries. Sabrina. Rear Window.
Se7en. Lost in Translation. L'auberge Espagnole. Shutter. Olde Boy.
Charade. Roman Holiday. Jeux D'enfants. Casablanca. Scent of a Woman.
Baudolino. The Prince by Machiavelli. Old Man and the
Sea. FocaultÃâs Pendulum. Catcher in the Rye. The
Giver. Sherlock Holmes. The Diary of Anne Frank. The
Virgin Suicides. anything Homer and Greek myths. Lolita. Anna
Karenina. His Dark Materials trilogy. The Count of
Picture of Dorian Gray . Breaking the
Tongue. A Series of Unfortunate Events. Girl With a
Pearl Earring. LOTR trilogy. The Bell Jar. Phantom of
the Opera. Seven Years in Tibet . Gael Garcia Marquez
. Langston Hughes . Noli Me Tangere. Princess: A True
Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia. The
Bean Trees. The Modern Neurosis Handbook. Istanbul:
Memories and the City. Memoirs of a Geisha. Jules
Blue Skin of the Sea.
I just had to include it. ItÃâs a sine que non part of my life.
Chocolate. the darker. the better. Banana pancakes. Nuts. Steak. Honey. I swear by it. Garlic. Mangoes ... yellow and green Ãâ¦ there is this native dish that I adore which is sour green mangoes with an anchovy paste (donÃât knock it Ãâtil youÃâve tried it). Sashimi. Flan. Curry. Baklava. Seafood. Peanut butter. Ice cream (itÃâs so good. it should be illegal).
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
·Pirated the largest sailboat in the world.
·Woke up to the sun rising in house of the sun, Haleakala.
·Had deer-death experience.
·Got in the water with a 30-foot humpback whale.
·Swam with dozens of dolphins.
·Found an old Japanese fishing float.
·Swam the murky rivers of the Amazon.
·Climbed the dizzying Andes peaks.
·Held my breath as the morning mist parted to reveal Machu Picchu.
·Lived in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica and actually learned something from the place.
·Visited Castro's Cuba.
·Rockclimbed Montserrat, Catalunya.
·Did the Camino del Rey in El Chorro, Malaga.
Teach, Learn, Share
How to make flan. Some languages. Scout skills? What not to do when surfing. Photography.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Brazil, Costa Rica, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, United States