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Kate Merrill

Alameda, CA, United States

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Overview

  • 12 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Greek (modern), Italian
  • Unspecified age, Female
  • Member since 2005
  • Energy Efficiency Consultant
  • B.S. Mech Engr.
  • From ChiTown
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Being present for my life

ABOUT ME

Growing, changing, evolving. I am mindful of learning more about myself every day.

Relationships are really important to me. I cherish interactions with friends and strangers. They have so much to teach us.

Outside my head and heart, I love to explore, and dance, and sing, and make merry. Life is to celebrate!

PHILOSOPHY

Feel, whether that means laughing or crying. It's really all we have.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I've surfed and hosted - it's been great. Casey's project has really attracted sincere and generous people. I'm hoping to get more involved in the local CS community.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I've been involved with CS on and off for several years. Hosted and surfed a bunch. Most recently, I stayed with some really excellent hosts in Spain and Greece. Several years ago, I stayed with three awesome Portuguese hosts. I've had people stay with me from Germany, Greece, Sweden. I don't know what I prefer more since it's been such a great experience to stay with others and also to host.

Interests

Art: I like to think/talk about artistic theories, go to museums and local galleries. I especially enjoy urban/experimental work. Music: my tastes are all over the place and I'm working on some self-education, hopefully to include creating sound at some point. Movies: I like weird movies, documentaries, historical dramas. Not too big into blockbusters, I tend to get insulted by pandering.
Physical: dancing, running, yoga, swimming, hiking, camping, rockclimbing, surfing, snowboarding. I've recently discovered a passion for farming, homesteading, foraging and have gotten deeper into cooking. Other: finding value in detritus, learning about people and their cultures, exploring exotic food.

Music, Movies & Books

Movies: David Lynch, Crispin Glover, Kurosawa, French New Wave
Music, Let's start with the As and Bs: Ellen Allien, Andrew Bird, Ariel Pink, Benoit Pioulard, Bjork, Boards of Canada, Brian Eno, Broken Social Scene
Books: recent literature/fiction includes Barry Hannah, Dennis Johnson, John Dos Passos and William Faulkner

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Sank into a natural hot spring pool on a clear Christmas night after riding a scooter all day through the mountains of Northwestern Thailand (hungover). More recently, a forest walk greeted by a sitting white cat and ended with a black bird's flight.

Teach, Learn, Share

I have a lot to learn, would love to know more about anything from a passionate teacher. I'm hoping to improve my language skills (Spanish and French) in the near-term. I'd love to share cooking tips and recipes. I can show you how to close a bag of chips airtight (it's a family secret).

Countries I've Visited

Cambodia, Canada, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Laos, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Thailand

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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