Portland, OR, United States

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  • student, musician, entrepreneur
  • B.A. in ethnomusicology, education continuing always
  • From Boston, MA, USA
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About Me

NOTE FOR SURFERS: Love you all, even the ones with no references who copy-paste generic "you seem cool" messages, but, at this time I'm only taking surfers who demonstrate some commitment to the safety and spirit of the community. I.e. references, and some interest in the person behind the free couch.

I enjoy being challenged and getting out of my comfort zone. My brain is always hungry and I love to learn. Especially about people and how they work, culture, psychology, philosophy. I could chat about this stuff for hours. But, sometimes talking is overrated! I love to play! Sports, games, dancing idiotically, anything really :-D

Just finished a year-long project in which I was hitchhiking around the country and busking (street performing) in different cities: http://thestreetmusician-julieor.blogspot.com.

Now I'm continuing life as a musician, and started a company that allows users to exchange and barter goods and services with each other: http://www.ExchangeTree.org !

I have a degree in ethnomusicology. If you don't know what that is, feel free to ask, I loved my studies :-)

I try to live in a way that is respectful of all life. I try to make a neutral or positive impact wherever I crash into. I try to live with humility and simplicity, and with minimal waste or extra stuff. I try to communicate directly and honestly and I appreciate the same in others.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I love Couchsurfing. Can't express my gratitude for this community enough. I feel like I've found my "tribe," and most of my best friends are couchsurfers. It's great to feel like you can be anywhere in the world and that your community travels with you.

The community is changing, though. I hope people remember that CS isn't just about a free place to stay or an opportunity to be creepy, it's about connecting and creating an interaction in which both parties feel better off for it.


Music, culture, psychology, adventures, climbing/sports/being outside and using my body, social justice, progressive sex education, education in general, reuse and DIY, chatting or debating til the wee hours of the morning, playing games!!, running or dancing around like a toddler, talking to strangers.

Music, Movies, and Books

Blah. I don't know. Lots of stuff.

For movies, I like psychological thrillers that make you really think.

For books, I love pop psychology or stories that reflect something profound about the human condition.

For music, well, this is my life. I studied West African music and its evolution through Black American music (spirituals, gospel, blues, jazz, soul, funk, disco, R&B, hip hop), so I love all music along that timeline. But I also like stuff from my angsty teen years like NIN and Nirvana and metal. I care less about idolizing specific artists (I rarely know the bands people are talking about) and appreciate music in the moment. Go street musicians! Amazing music is all around us if we unplug our headphones!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I got to tour and record with a semi-famous hip hop group in Ghana

Teach, Learn, Share

Hmm.. Well, I could teach some hand drum techniques from Ghana, how to beat box, tap dance, or sing (I could teach music theory if you really want to get serious), share some theories about human psychology, debate with you about current issues related to gender, race, sexuality, and social justice. I would love to learn whatever you are passionate about. If you're looking to impart some wisdom, teach some tricks, our bounce some ideas off someone, I'm listening!

"Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't" - Bill Nye

What I Can Share with Hosts

I can cook for you, I can teach you things (see above), I give good advice, I'd like to think I'm a pretty good adventure companion :-)

I'm also GREAT at making things awkward, if that is ever needed.

Share awesome experiences and conversations, warmth, and my house if you ever come to Portland!

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