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  • 55 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 26, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • student, musician, entrepreneur
  • B.A. in ethnomusicology, education c...
  • From Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
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About Me

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To see the world, to meet all kinds of people, to learn all I can


Just finished a year-long project in which I was hitchhiking around the country and busking (street performing) in different cities. I wrote about the experience and the patterns I observed, and about what those observations can tell us about culture and psychology. You can check out my blog here: http://thestreetmusician-julieor.blogspot.com.

Now I'm continuing life as a musician, and recently started a website inspired by my experiences traveling (including couchsurfing) that allows users to exchange and barter goods, services, and things they can teach each other. It's called http://www.ExchangeTree.org !

I have a degree in ethnomusicology. If you don't know what that is, feel free to ask and I will share the awesomeness of this field of study :-)

I'm easy going and open-minded, and I love to learn! I enjoy being challenged and getting out of my comfort zone. I love meeting new people, mostly when we can get passed small talk conversations and get to the good stuff. I can go with the flow or direct traffic, depending on what role is needed. My romantic side and rational side are constantly in battle, and it's a pretty equal match. I think lots of things are funny and delight at awkwardness, including my own.


I believe in direct communication and trusting intentions.

I try to live in a way that is respectful of all life. I try not to make too much of a negative impact wherever I crash into. I try to live with humility and simplicity, and with minimal waste or extra stuff.

I love learning about the human experience, and how that is so different for everyone. I try to get to know as many different kinds of people as possible, and to remember that each person is they way they are because of everything that has ever happened to them.

Boxes don't bother me as long as I know they're there. But when they get too small, I aim to live outside of them.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


I was a surfer for a year and was so fortunate to have such amazing hosts. Have since done a bit of hosting and it's been absolutely wonderful, but I can't manage to stay in one place long enough to continue. Next time I am settled, I will host as much as possible.


Ah, couchsurfing has been so wonderful so far. I've met some of the most interesting, generous, and open-minded people I know. And have made some lasting and beautiful friendships.

Before Couchsurfing, I was friends with lots of different kinds of people and psyched about that, but never felt like I had found "my people." I now know that couchsurfers are my people. I think we just have unique and refreshing ways of approaching life (if we do say so ourselves).


Music culture psychology adventures climbing/hiking/being outside and using my body cooking social justice and identity politics progressive sex education education in general living minimally reuse and making stuff DIY style chatting or debating til the wee hours of the morning playing games!! nerding out

Music, Movies & Books

I'll list a few....

Movies: Eternal Sunshine, The Big Lebowski, Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, The Songcatcher, Waking Life, etc. Although honestly, I find a lot of movies very frustrating these days.

Music: BLUES, jazz, hip hop, R&B, soul, funk, bluegrass, some metal, grunge, punk, and ska... anything with a good beat, a strong bass, a little soul, and some complex percussion. In my studies, I've focused on West African music and Black American music.

Books: Cat's Cradle, The Catcher in the Rye, Song of Solomon, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Little Prince, psychology-related non-fiction, many more...

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

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