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Get settled in San Francisco and try to love it as much as I loved living in NYC!
I want to know everything about everything, including you and your country and city. I love books, travel, languages, and talking to people. I can be energetic and extremely talkative, or shy, depending on situation and mood, but I always like to be around friends (new, old, future, past).
I find other languages fascinating and love speaking them, but don't enjoy learning them. It's an annoying paradox, but I try. I write, a lot. I enjoy bicycling oh so much. Camping and hiking are also good although I don't do them as often as I'd like. I love a good museum exhibit, dance performance, concert, or lecture. I like a good night out dancing, but I'm happy with a good group of people, a good conversation, and a drink (or several).
I have friends scattered all across the world these days, and that is equal parts comforting and heart-breaking. I always miss someone, but there's always someone to go see!
"She wants to remember every detail. The collection of landscapes in her head is the only thing she safely owns." --Anya Ulinich, Petropolis
Trust your intuition, follow your morals, and be impulsive whenever possible. Find a way to help people that feels good to you: if you're going against the grain of your personality, you'll burn out and become selfish.
"In the mind of a woman for whom no place is home the thought of an end to all flight is unbearable." --Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I have been a host much more often than I've been a surfer. My guests have been wonderful people and I was lucky to have them in my home.
I've also been a very lucky surfer and have stayed with people who made my memories of their cities so much richer for their company.
It changed my life, quite simply!
Books, art, writing, walking, traveling, bicycling, talking, meeting new people, speaking new languages, seeing animals in the wild (especially birds), learning about new things, seeing things I've never seen before, how things work, personal growth, international perspective, communities and technology.
Music, Movies, and Books
Oh man. I have this giant list of books that I have been copy-pasting to these profiles for years, so it's massive:
italo calvino: invisible cities; haruki murakami: kafka on the shore; louise erdrich: tracks; salman rushdie: the satanic verses + shame + the enchantress of florence + the moor's last sigh; ken kesey: sometimes a great notion; kenzuo ishiguro: never let me go; michael ondaatje: the english patient; paul auster: the book of illusions + the new york trilogy; milan kundera: the unbearable lightness of being; ian mcewan: atonement + saturday; doris lessing: the golden notebook; terry tempest williams: refuge; virginia woolf: to the lighthouse + mrs. dalloway; barbara kingsolver: animal dreams + the poisonwood bible; shakespeare: king lear + hamlet; natalie babbitt: the eyes of the amaryllis; joseph conrad: heart of darkness; katherine paterson: jacob have i loved; nathalie serraut: tropisms; orhan pamuk: snow; fyodor doestoyevsky: crime and punishment; katherine mansfield: the garden party and other stories; mark z. danielewski: house of leaves; steven hall: the raw shark texts; kevin brockmeier: a brief history of the dead; luis sepulveda: the old man who read love stories; mario vargas llosa: the feast of the goat; chimamanda ngozi adichie: half of a yellow sun + the thing around your neck.
tori amos, ani difranco, regina spektor, inara george, roisin murhpy, tegan & sarah, feist, santogold.
pan's labyrinth. the lives of others. babel. amelie. a very long engagement. the shining. run lola run. trainspotting. the last unicorn. the man on the train. lars and the real girl.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
My whole life is an amazing unfolding adventure and I feel lucky to have a memory filled with so many unforgettable scenes.
Right now I feel most attached to the little quiet moments.
Teach, Learn, Share
I'm a pretty awesome editor, so let me know if you need help with an essay or an application.
I also used to be a swimming instructor, I'm a bit dusty on that but I'm sure I could get back into the swing of it rather quickly.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Chile, China, Costa Rica, France, New Zealand, Thailand, Turkey, United States