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Lil American lady bopping her way around the world with her French boyfriend (profile here: https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/bastien-vey)
I'm from Chicago AKA the best city in the United States (seriously, I will back up my claims with evidence!). At university, I studied psychology, biology, and neuroscience, and shortly after graduation, I started working full time as a neuroscience researcher. This was my dream in life to do neuroscience research, but I was miserable and craving something "more"... so in October of 2016, I left home for Australia for what was supposed to be six month trip before I went to graduate school...
(I'm sure you can guess how that graduate school plan worked out)
I discovered a love for Australia and a love for the backpacking way of life. I started out my travels in Australia via HelpX, a website that helps you to stay with locals in exchange for food and accommodation for a few hours work a day. I met people from all over the world, learned how to drive a tractor (not as hard as you might think), and had some amazing experiences (and some not so great experiences) traveling this way. I learned to go with the flow, to stop planning every little thing in life, and that I can mostly do anything I put my mind to (key: MOSTLY ;D). I've lived in a tent, shoveled shit, been shit on (ask me about my experiences on a dairy farm), been hot and cold (but mostly hot...) and out of money and sometimes a little bit lonely, but it's all been worth it and I wouldn't trade my experiences for the world.
RIGHT NOW: I've just landed in Auckland and I'm so excited to start a new adventure!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
To meet new people, make connections, and to learn. Traveling is amazing because it connects you to people that you would normally never have a chance to meet!
I have quite a few passions in life and I love to hear about what ignites others passions as well. Im passionate about inequality and plan to focus on healthcare equity once I go back to school, whenever that may be. I love discussing politics and I can't get enough of learning about other cultures and how they interact within different political systems. I'm really keen to learn about how other people live and I love meeting people who work hard to forge their own destinies and create a positive impact on the world.
- mountain climbing
- progressive politics
- landscape photography
- true crime
Music, Movies, and Books
I love love love reading and love to share books. Right now I'm reading and thoroughly enjoying My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante and In a Sunburnt Country by Bill Bryson. Some of my other favorites recently have been Haruki Murakami's 'Norwegian Wood', Stan Grant's 'Talking to my Country', and Junot Diaz's 'The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao'.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I've done a lot of things that have amazed me, some travel related, some not:
-I was the first woman in my family to graduate from university
-I presented my research at an international level conference
-I learned how to drive manual in Australia (REALLY saying something for this American city girl)
-I drove through the outback from Melbourne to Darwin in ten days with my boyfriend (almost 4000 kilometers)
-I lived in a tent for three months in Tasmania (I'm just getting used to mattresses again)
-I jumped out of a plane and somehow managed to not throw up on my tandem instructor
Teach, Learn, Share
In general, what motivates me is learning and the pursuit of knowledge. It may sound incredibly dorky, but it's true. I love to see and learn and understand; for me, the best part of traveling is the ability to meet people who have different experiences than I do and different backgrounds but still find connections through the differences.
So, lets teach and learn and share through each other :)
These are things that I'm really keen on learning more about right now: Off the grid living (tell me more about permaculture!), long distance hitchhiking, rainbow gatherings/positive communities, beekeeping, and trekking.
Recently I've become a lot more serious with practicing yoga and meditation for my mental health, and I'm happy to share my practice and knowledge with couchsurfing hosts too.
Lastly, I can try to teach you about the brain-theres some wild shit that goes on up there !
What I Can Share with Hosts
Friendship, laughter, drinks, food, advice, help, whatever I can. I consider myself to be a pretty easy going guest: if you're a busy host and need me to do my own thing, then I'm happy to do so. Likewise, I'm also happy to have adventures with hosts and spend more time together.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Indonesia, New Zealand, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, United States