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  • 172 References 86 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Italian, Spanish
  • 30, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • art teacher & summer camp director
  • lost my diplomas in moving boxes... oops
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About Me

Check out our next CS Philly REVIVAL Meet-up HERE:

Check out our CS Philly REVIVAL group HERE:

For ten years strong, I've been earning my stripes as a #vagababe globetrotting around the world on a dime and immensely extending and expanding my travel experiences and opportunities through the magic of Couchsurfing. Five years ago, a blogger for Curbed Philly called me "The Most Exuberant CouchSurfing Ambassador in Philadelphia." You can read the article here:

My first ever CS experience was surfing in Liverpool for the International Beatle Week festival in August of 2007. Shortly thereafter, I began hosting at my apartment in Rome, Italy, and went on to surf around the globe in my free time and host and plan meet-ups and events with my CS friends in Philly. I am the co-creator of the now defunct CS YakiToriBoy Tuesdays which ran in 2008/2009 and also attended two NYC CS festivals (Feb & Aug '09) and had a hand in organizing two Philadelphia Couchsurfing Festivals (March/April '11 and October '12)

It has been illuminating to experience the changes that CS has experienced over the years... from reaching our one- and two-million-member marks, to making the transition from a non-profit to a for-profit business, to beginning to advertise, to adapting to the advent of Air B&B... My least favorite part through it all has been the transition away from allowing profiles to support img and gif files! My profile used to be so pimpin! :}

Here's a bit that my profile has retained since I was a sprightly twenty-something....
My hosts and surfers would describe me as... eager / ebullient / eccentric / educated / eeeee! / effervescent / egregious (in the archaic sense) / ehhhh.... / eidetic / ejection-seat-esque / eke (!) / elastic / emboldening / enigmatic / *-eous / epicurean / equanimous / erudite / esculent / ethereal / eudaemonic / evolved / EW (this is a real acronym, for you Googlers out there) / extemporaneous / eye-opening / ...... e-z 2 talk 2 ;)

And, finally, I apologize that my current CS profile photos are pretty outdated... I'm a legitimate thirty-year-old woman now :) IG: @jolibizabuz

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

Nothing makes me happier than to meet and explore the beauty of the world with vivid, engaged, humans. In my opinion, engagement is key to a successful Couchsurfing experience. As such, I will only host surfers who have at least one positive reference on their profiles, and I will only host surfers who take the time to write a request that clearly shows that they have read my profile and share a specific reason that they'd like to stay with me.*

*Saying you want to stay with me because I have a lot of couchsurfing experience doesn't count as a specific reason.

So Far...
HOSTED: 68 times
SURFED: 54 times

SURFED Savannah, GA with Kyle (Aug '17)

SURFED Los Angeles, CA, USA with Eric (August '16)
SURFED Santa Cruz, CA, USA with Tim (July '16)
SURFED Mountain View, CA, USA with Alex (July '16)

SURFED Maseru, Lesotho with Danny & Steph (July '14)

HOSTED Laura, Washington, DC (Dec ‘12)
HOSTED Joshua, Victoria, Canada (Dec ‘12)
HOSTED Aaron, Venice, CA (Dec ‘12)
HOSTED Jeremiah, Houston, TX, USA (Dec ‘12)
HOSTED Christoffer, Mälmo, Sweden (Dec ‘12)
HOSTED Nicolas, Switzerland (Dec ‘12)
HOSTED Pawel, Poland (Sept ‘12)
HOSTED Lex, Brooklyn, NY, USA (Sept ‘12)
HOSTED Ido, Haifa, Israel (Sept ‘12)
SURFED Brooklyn, NY, USA with Zach (Sept ‘12)
SURFED Portland, OR, USA with Jason (Sept ‘12)
SURFED Seattle, WA, USA, with Eric & Gene (Aug ‘12)
SURFED Vancouver, BC, Canada, with Cole (Aug ‘12)
SURFED Vancouver, BC, Canada, with Rob (Aug ‘12)
SURFED Vancouver, BC, Canada with Cam (Aug ‘12)
SURFED Seattle, WA, USA with James (Aug ‘12)
SURFED Chicago, IL, USA with Antawan (Aug ‘12)
SURFED Brooklyn, NY, UA with Ben (June ‘12)
SURFED Harlem, NY, USA with Tomi (June ‘12)
HOSTED Mike Luke Rob & Chris, Nottingham, England (June ‘12)
HOSTED Shawn, Vista, CA USA (June ‘12)
HOSTED Liz, Allentown, PA, USA (June ‘12)
HOSTED James, Clearwater, FL, USA (May ‘12)
HOSTED Alex, Portland, OR, USA (May ‘12)
HOSTED Nishant, Seattle, WA, USA (May ‘12)
HOSTED Jesse, Maine, USA (April ‘12)
HOSTED Carrie, Illinois, USA (Mar ‘12)
HOSTED Nicole, The Netherlands (Feb ‘12)
HOSTED Nienke, The Netherlands (Feb ‘12)
HOSTED Ray, Massachusetts, USA (Jan ‘12)
HOSTED Shane, Wisconsin, USA (Jan ‘12)
HOSTED Tim, California, USA (Jan ‘12)

HOSTED Nardi, Washington, DC, USA (Dec ‘11)
HOSTED Ben, Brooklyn, NY, USA (Oct ‘11)
SURFED Brooklyn, NY, USA with Ben (Oct ‘11)
SURFED Harlem, NY, USA with Tomi (Sept ‘11)
SURFED Venice, Italy, with Franco (Sept ‘11)
SURFED Brooklyn, NY, USA, with Geoff (Sept ‘11)
SURFED Mt. Airy, MD, USA with Tim (Aug ‘11)
HOSTED Maira, Brazil, (July '11)
SURFED St. Louis, MO, USA with Reid & Colin Clark (July '11)
SURFED Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with Asher (June ‘11)
SURFED Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with Snowy (June ‘11)
SURFED Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with Timo (June ‘11)
SURFED Modena, Italy, with Eliza & Luca (Apr ‘11)
SURFED Edinburgh, Scotland, with Stu & Tim (Apr ‘11)
SURFED Newcastle, England, with Steve (Apr ‘11)
SURFED Manchester, England, with Mika (Apr ‘11)
SURFED London, England with Sam (Apr ‘11)

SURFED Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with Ramon (Dec ‘10)
HOSTED Raphael, France, (Aug ‘10)
HOSTED Steve, California, USA (Aug ‘10)
SURFED Tokyo, Japan, with Emily & Jo (Aug ‘10)
HOSTED Rafael, France (July ‘10)
HOSTED Anne-Claire, France (July ‘10)
SURFED Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with Ramon (July ‘10)
SURFED Paris, France, with Marc-Antoine (July ‘10)
SURFED Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with Ramon (June ‘10)
SURFED Copenhagen, Denmark, with Jacob (June ‘10)
SURFED Århus, Denmark with Thomas (June ‘10)
SURFED Brooklyn, NY, USA with Joe Che (Apr ‘10)
SURFED San Francisco, CA, USA with Bill (Mar ‘10)
HOSTED Kegan, West Virginia, USA (Feb ‘10)
HOSTED Connor, North Carolina, USA (Feb ‘10)
HOSTED Jordan, Massachusetts, USA (Feb ‘10)
SURFED Zürich, Switzerland, with Nicolas (Feb ‘10)
HOSTED Richard, Australia (Feb ‘10)

SURFED New Haven, CT, USA with Nigel (June ‘09)
HOSTED Jonah, Canada (June ‘09)
HOSTED Jordan, Nevada, USA (June ‘09)
HOSTED Amadou, New York, USA (June ‘09)
HOSTED Siana, Maryland, USA (June ‘09)
HOSTED Carlos, Texas, USA (June ‘09)
HOSTED Thomas & Simon, Denmark (May ‘09)
HOSTED Andrew, Michigan, USA (May ‘09)
SURFED Brooklyn, NY, USA with Joe Che (May ‘09)
HOSTED Alex, California, USA (May ‘09)
HOSTED Michael, Germany (Feb ‘09)
HOSTED Nicolas, Switzerland (Feb ‘09)
SURFED Brooklyn, NY, USA with Elliott (Jan ‘09)
HOSTED Lux, Massachusetts, USA (Jan ‘09)

HOSTED Juan, California, USA (Nov ‘08)
HOSTED Sean, Massachusetts, USA (Oct ‘08)
HOSTED David, Canary Islands (Oct ‘08)
HOSTED Luke, California, USA (Sept ‘08)
HOSTED Luke, California, USA (Sept ‘08)
HOSTED Christy, Pennsylvania, USA (Sept ‘08)
HOSTED Joke & Wouter, Belgium (Sept ‘08)
HOSTED David & Robert, Illinois, USA (Sept ‘08)
HOSTED Robert, Germany (Sept ‘08)
SURFED Brussels, Belgium, with Scott (May ‘08)
SURFED Den Haag, The Netherlands, with Lin (May ‘08)
SURFED Den Haag, The Netherlands, with Inez (May ‘08)
SURFED Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with Carsten (Apr ‘08)
SURFED Prague, Czech Republic, with Zach (Apr ‘08)
SURFED Marrakech, Morocco, with Marouane (Mar ‘08)
SURFED Zadar, Croatia, with Ivana (Mar ‘08)
HOSTED Kamila & Agnes, Poland (Feb ‘08)
SURFED Venice, Italy, with Leo (Feb ‘08)
HOSTED Nate & Merhawi, California, USA (Feb ‘08)
HOSTED Ernesto, Mexico (Feb ‘08)
HOSTED Morten & Malik, Denmark (Feb ‘08)

SURFED Kosice, Slovakia, with Sam (Dec ‘07)
SURFED Prague, Czech Republic, with Zach (Dec ‘07)
SURFED Berlin, Germany, with Sebastian (Dec ‘07)
HOSTED Mathew, Australia (Dec ‘07)
HOSTED Thom, Pennsylvania, USA (Nov ‘07)
HOSTED Anthony & Cecily, Cali., USA (Oct ‘07)
HOSTED Brent, Pennsylvania, USA (Oct ‘07)
HOSTED Keveen, France (Sept ‘07)
SURFED Cork, Ireland, with James (Sept ‘07)
SURFED Dublin, Ireland, with Robin Mike & Peter (Aug ‘07)
SURFED Liverpool, England, with Amy (Aug ‘07)


I spend a lot of time working to broaden and deepen my perspective of all things at all times and using said illumination to inform my own evolving take on the nature (and the nurture) of things and non-things. You can often find me reveling in light-heartedness and humor... simplicity, brevity, harmlessness...

I value deep talks about the human condition, the construction of culture, value, truth, justice, equity, free will, sustainability, art, education... the list goes on.

  • culture
  • street art
  • photography
  • painting
  • music
  • hiking
  • solo travel
  • art
  • nature
  • plants
  • biking
  • health
  • activism
  • learning
  • museums
  • cultural exchange
  • collaboration
  • art museums
  • train travel
  • wellness
  • empathy
  • progressivism
  • community art
  • mural art
  • intentional living
  • devised performance
  • museum education

Music, Movies, and Books

Books::::: Italo Calvino, Nabokov, Picasso's poetry, T.S. Eliot, John Irving, artist's biographies creative non-fiction of all kinds, essays on art theory, and good children's books

Movies:::: Songs from the Second Floor, Du Levande, Amelie, Annie Hall, Midnight Cowboy, Synechdoche NY, Fantastic Mr. Fox, L'Auberge Espagnole, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Triplets of Belleville... anything by Wes Anderson, Roy Andersson or Charlie Kaufman. Classic Sesame Street & Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

See photos :}

Teach, Learn, Share


What I Can Share with Hosts

When I surf, I enjoy foraging for wildflower bouquets, and I really, really love to cook!

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Bahamas, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lesotho, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

Italy, United States

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