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  • 4 References 2 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Hebrew (modern), Romanian, Spanish
  • 40, Female
  • Member since 2014
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About Me


I'm a filmmaker and professor at the Creative Media Institute at NMSU. I love my job, love traveling the world, spending time outdoors and finding stories all around me. I grew up in Israel, the US and Canada, and lived on the East and West coasts before moving back to my home town of Las Cruces, NM.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I just joined couchsurfing January 26, 2014, and hosted my first guest the very next day. I am fortunate to have a spare bedroom/office and a flexible schedule that makes it possible for me to spend time with people I host. I've always loved the way that people's lives intersect when traveling and I'm hoping that hosting will allow me to continue participating in that flow.


I am brand new to couchsurfing (signed up Jan 26), but in the past (while living in other countries) I have had great experience meeting and extending hospitality to other travelers.


I'm really into the outdoors - hiking, camping, backpacking, swimming in lakes. I love reading and watching films and sitting around campfires. I love making plans and also leaving room for the unexpected, the fortuitous, the synchronistic. I especially love crossing paths with interesting people while traveling. I love writing and photography and dreaming up big future projects - while also trying to be mindful of living in the present moment.

  • writing
  • photography
  • movies
  • reading
  • traveling
  • outdoor activities
  • hiking
  • backpacking
  • camping
  • swimming
  • communications
  • teaching
  • lakes

Countries I’ve Visited

Belize, Croatia, Egypt, France, Germany, Mexico, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, Israel, Romania, United States

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