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Hannah Thalenberg

Houston, Texas, United States

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Overview

  • 26 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish; learning Turkish
  • 25, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • Human being
  • B.A. in anthropology and history
  • From São Paulo, Brazil
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To learn and love out of bounds

ABOUT ME

Feminist, conversationalist, flâneuse, human rights activist, advocate of public smiling, lover of languages and good food, seeker of meaningful connections with people, pursuer of knowledge and new experiences, black coffee addict, practicer of spontaneity, performer of theater and music, admirer of the written word, unapologetic dancer, constant wanderer.

PHILOSOPHY

"Let the world change you and you can change the world." (Ernesto "Che" Guevara)

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Sharing whatever I can via Internet (information, language practice, etc.), meeting other CouchSurfers even when none of us is traveling, and getting friends to join.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

My first surfing experiences were in Erzurum and Kars during a trip I took through eastern Turkey with a group of friends. Everything was too good for me to not join CS! Now that I'm in, I've enjoyed using CS as a way to meet new people wherever I happen to be; highlights include all sorts of gatherings in NYC and Burning Kouch 2011, as well as surfing and meet-ups throughout South America.

Interests

PEOPLE I wish there were a less cliché way to say this, but I love meeting people and learning from them. There are few things I wouldn't give for a good conversation. No matter how mundane you think your life story might be, I guarantee that it's interesting to me!ARTS Since it's physically impossible for me to know the entire world, I enjoy traveling through music, literature, cinema, visual and performing arts, etc. As an escapist of sorts, I've been acting in theater for as long as I can remember, and I couldn't make it through life without singing and dancing. LANGUAGES Communication fascinates me. I get genuine pleasure from understanding others and making myself understood. If I could learn languages as a profession, I would.Other prominent interests include SOCIAL JUSTICE and PRODUCE. Beyond this, you'll just have to ask...

Music, Movies & Books

(among countless others and in no particular order)MUSIC Regina Spektor, Man Man, Fatima Spar & The Freedom Fries, Beirut, Iron & Wine, Sigur Rós, The National, Arcade Fire, Lenine, Seu Jorge, Paulinho Moska, Marisa Monte, Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque, Ana Tijoux, Lauryn Hill, Niyaz, Goran Bregovic, Ali Farka Touré, Oumou Sangaré, Kazım Koyuncu, Zakir Hussain, John Coltrane, Erik SatieMOVIES The Edge of Heaven, Central Station, The Man Next Door, Caramel, Little Miss Sunshine, American Beauty, Good Bye Lenin, The Lives of Others, The Secret in Their Eyes, Fargo, The Motorcycle Diaries, Mademoiselle Chambon, Amélie, Everything is Illuminated, Pan's Labyrith, My Fair Lady, Underground, About EllyAUTHORS Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Salman Rushdie, José Saramago, José María Arguedas, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jonathan Safran Foer, Kurt Vonnegut, Jeffrey Eugenides, Margaret Atwood, Tony Kushner, Tennessee Williams, J.D. Salinger, William Shakespeare, Rainer Maria Rilke, Jorge Luis Borges, Mario Vargas Llosa, Isabel Allende, Milan Kundera, Hafez

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Coming across a samba percussion group (made up only of Turks) on the street in Istanbul and becoming their "token Brazilian," playing everywhere from lavish wedding receptions to an organic produce market. Being a part of Sambistanbul was the defining experience of my time in Turkey, and the musicians I met have become some of my best friends.

Teach, Learn, Share

Life is too short to be taken seriously.

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Israel, Peru, Switzerland

Countries I've Lived In

Brazil, Turkey, United States

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