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Julia Burgdorf

Santa Cruz, California, United States

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Overview

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  • Fluent in English
  • 24, Female
  • Member since 2010
  • Restaurant staff
  • Living and learning.
  • From Santa Cruz, California, USA
  • Profile 40% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

See the world

ABOUT ME

I decided to move to New Zealand because honestly, I needed a culture shock. I have worked two jobs four years straight (food service, carnival, admin work, wellness studios, bakeries, pretty much every minimum wage job possible) and I am ready for an adventure. Of course I have my one year working holiday visa so I do plan to work, but meeting a bunch of new friends and exploring a new place is my ultimate goal.

PHILOSOPHY

I have an idea that not experiences in your life but the way you interpret those experiences dictates who you are. When I feel uncomfortable or angry, I look at the source and deduce whether it will matter in a year, if I am judging too harshly, or just seeing the glass half empty. Then I reasses and usually this gives me a pretty positive outlook. The reason I stay away from dark thoughts is because I have always attracted friends, best friends even, who have the worst attitudes about themselves and others, and I know that it's no fun to be around. So just stay happy.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I have been unofficially hosting couch surfers for two years, ever since I moved into an apartment with an abnormally long coach. My two roommates and I would befriend anyone who was looking for a place to crash for a couple days and get the itch to travel every time I heard one of their amazing stories. Eventually a friend of a friend of my housemates from the east coast slept on our couch for a week and fell in love with our stuffed little beach town. He had just gotten back from New Zealand and sealed the deal for my decision to travel there. Ultimately he is coming back to Santa Cruz on September 1st and moving into our apartment as I go live in new Zealand on September 21st (my 20th birthday mind you).

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have stayed at a few places where I was treated more than graciously. I truly appreciate anyone who is willing to give a stranger a place to sleep for a night and I have had no negative experiences yet.

Interests

Biking, running, surfing, snowboarding, 2011 rugby World cup, 2010 San Fran Giants at the World Series, bartending, black coffee, sleeping until noon...

Music, Movies & Books

Ohh geez. I love music, have been to a ton of festivals up in San Francisco and seen great live artists. I read quite a bit, looove mysteries and philosophy, freakenomics, superfreakenomics, Blink, the Tipping Point, and "drink: the cultural history of alcohol" is my bedside book right now. Great stuff.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

loved and been loved. There is nothing more amazing than finding people who are capable of trusting another completely.

Teach, Learn, Share

Im always down to share music and even do some singing around a campfire. I'd like to learn the land of new Zealand, how to navigate it by bike and the most happening places in the towns. I want to see the subtle cultural differences and widen my perspective of the world.

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