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Karen Stasevich

Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

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Overview

  • 24 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Arabic, Spanish
  • 27, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • student/explorer
  • University of Michigan
  • From Ann Arbor/Richland Michigan USA
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Lemonade, lemon bars, lemon jelly

ABOUT ME

Hello hello!

I'm currently studying for my Master's in Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut, in Lebanon. I came here to study a few years back and fell in love, so here I am! I'm hoping to do a lot of traveling while I'm in the region, as well as skipping over to Europe whenever I have time off from school.

My last year has been a whirlwind--I left my home in Michigan, USA, hitch hiked across the US for a while, and then flew down to Ecuador to work on organic farms (WWOOF!) and of course couch surf. I probably wouldn't have left South America if I hadn't already committed to school, but now I'm onto the next adventure.

I haven't had a permanent place to live since I started using CouchSurfing in January, so I'm super excited to give back to the community as a host during my time here in Beirut. I love this country, and I would love to share it with whoever comes to my door.

PHILOSOPHY

Being in trouble is a fake idea

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Well, I first heard of CS years ago, but didn't join until quite recently. After I finished my undergraduate studies, I flew out to California to begin an epic hitch hiking adventure across the US with my friend, Thor. We created a CS profile together and used it all over as we vagabonded from coast to coast.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I will never use a hotel again. Long live CS!

Interests

Hitch hiking, backpacking, mountains, animals of many kinds, found art, tide pools.

Music, Movies & Books

Movies- Zombies,Spike Jonze and Wes Anderson films.
Books- Murakami, Eugenides, Vonnegut.
Music- MF Doom, De La Soul, Sun Kil Moon, Modest Mouse, Okkervil River, Bob Dylan, Local Natives, The Pharcyde, Laura Marling.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Spent 3 months hitch hiking across the country, from San Francisco, down to Texas and through the south all the way up to Vermont, with a friend!

Teach, Learn, Share

I can cook, (sort of) play the ukulele, whistle like a jukebox, and make really cool postcards.

Countries I've Visited

Canada, Ecuador, France, Mexico, Spain, Syrian Arab Republic, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

Lebanon, United States

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