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To savor the world and its people.
We both grew up in the Pacific Northwest (Simon in Corvallis, OR and Bainbridge Island, WA and Hayley in the tiny town of Cashmere, WA) and met each other during our musical studies at Western Oregon University. We were drawn together by a mutual desire to travel in Europe, so after graduating from college that's what we did! Before we knew it, our little adventure had become five years of life and work in Berlin and different parts of Austria. It's been grand, but it's time to be near our families again, so we will soon return to the US and settle down in Portland, OR.
We're friendly, neat, generally quiet people who love to hear and share good stories.
Try to see things from the other point of view, and be compassionate.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I have enjoyed hosting a few people, surfing a few couches, and above all making new friends through Couchsurfing events.
Couchsurfed with the lovely Andrea and her family in Anthering (near Salzburg) during summer 2009. She generously spent a day sharing her beautiful city with my parents and me, along with interesting tidbits of history and Austrian culture.
Andrea & her family have since become my own adopted family in Austria - we have spent holidays together and I even lived with them for 9 months! This first Couchsurfing experience is hard to beat, but I have made a few other good friends and shared a great many wonderful evenings thanks to this community!
Music of all kinds, playing piano, dancing, cooking & eating, books and movies, crocheting & knitting, writing, new friends, new languages, badmitton (we're not very good, but it's fun!).
Music, Movies, and Books
The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck
East of Eden, Steinbeck
Hellen Keller's autobiography
Shawshank Redemption, Inglorious Basterds, Nirgendwo in Afrika, Twelve Angry Men, It's a Wonderful Life, Marx Brothers, Modern Times
Enjoy hearing all kinds of music. Current favorite is Bernstein.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Buying a one-way ticket to Europe.
Teach, Learn, Share
Special skills include playing piano, teaching ballet, choreographing, producing concerts, crocheting, and cooking. Willing to try almost anything, and always willing to help around the house.
We love learning new languages!
What I Can Share with Hosts
We'll cook dinner for you! And Simon can play the piano.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Austria, Germany, United States