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Dance & have informed compassion;)
Burningman 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016...and probably for the rest of my life. Bonnaroo, Atlin Music Fest...any salsa festival I can get my hands on I'm there. I love music. We all love it. Music fuels our souls...connects us when borders, time and distance don't. Finding new music is like finding a piece of your soul that needed some attention. I love it.
I'm a competitive salsa dancer but I also love bachata, kizomba, zouk, soca, reggae...etc:)
I'm also a Social Worker, an activist and a community developer. I've worked with refugees, immigrants, women and the homeless addicted population at home and abroad.
I will try pretty much anything when it comes to extreme sports. I've been bungee jumping, cliff diving, rock climbing, bouldering, white water rafting, kayaking...etc. I love roller blading, especially by big bodies of water. There's something about those two things together:)
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
"Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change."
"Travelling is about getting unstranded. It's about going to the ends of the earth and the edges of experience in order to see ones self for the first time"
"I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world"
-Mary Anne Radmacher
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
CS Chicago is the most amazing community. Chicago couch crash, full moon fire jams, circus activities, game nights, potlucks, various jam sessions, salsa nights...
I love to create and share new experiences with people. This is what we as CSers live for and let's face it...this will never change. We will always be drawn to the unknown.
Chicago, Skagway, AK, Calgary, AB, CA & Pristina, Kosovo.
The US, Canada, Italy, Greece, Spain, Poland, Ireland, France, London, the Netherlands, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, Kosovo, Prague, Albania, Vienna, Hungry, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Istanbul.
Dancing (salsa, bachata, merengue, soca, bellydancing, swing, lyrical, jazz, hip-hop, breakdancing...I love it all:) I also love snowboarding, singing, biking, rollerblading, surfing (when I can stand up), camping, sports, writing, spoken word, open mic nights, festivals, road tripping, riding motorcycles, traveling, coffee dates, wine...I love all art forms.
- salsa dancing
- swing dancing
- live music
- spoken word
- scuba diving
- bungee jumping
- rock climbing
- extreme sports
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: Ooo man there's a lot of them. Well have to talk about that later.
Music: Jazz, salsa, bachata, merengue, hip-hop, R&B, rock, lyrical, 80's rock, indie, trance, house music, dubstep (a certain kind)... anything you can dance to. Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennit, Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, Circa Survive, Aventura!, Flogging Molly, Queen, Lady Gaga, Michael Franti, Beirut, Mumford & Sons...
Any Michael Crichton book, Left To Tell, Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano, Finding Everardo, Enrique's Journey..
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I went to a Roma camp (gypsy camp) and it was definitely one of those life defining moments. It's just amazing to me how some people have next to nothing but are willing to give everything. I have never felt so welcome in my entire life. I didn't even speak the same language as the residents and they treated me like family. I could talk for days about the Roma...
Teach, Learn, Share
You'll probably end up learning how to 6 step, 4 step, 2 step, salsa or all or the above. We'll share stories over many cups of coffee/tea/ or beer/wine or tequila I'm sure ...haha ok maybe not cups of tequila but we'll have to find a happy medium.
What I Can Share with Hosts
A roof over your head, blankets, pillows, food and drink, a cool experience, awesome people and good times:)
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, Italy, Kosovo, United States