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Update: traveling at the moment, in and out of Portland.
I like to be challenged and get 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'll talk your ear off :-)
Trying to live as many lives as possible.
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, education, reuse and DIY, chatting or debating til the wee hours of the morning, playing games!!, playing like a lil kid, talking to strangers.
- rock climbing
Music, Movies, and Books
Blah. I don't know. Stuff that makes me think. I like pop psychology and movies that make me go, "WOAH!"
For music, this is my life so it's hard to put into quick words... I would say anything with some soul in it. Raw human expression.
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 psychology and philosophy, debate with you about the human condition. 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!