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Collegiate runner who loves to travel in the season off competing. Psychology student.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I am looking to travel to other parts and meet people from various walks of life. I also am very flexible and adaptable so I am alright with having freedom to explore independently, but I am happy to accompany you in whatever you are doing that day, exciting or mundane.
I think traveling alone has its own benefits and makes a person more open to many people, experiences, observations and personal growth. One acts differently when they are alone, especially in an unfamiliar or uncomfortable place.
That being said, safety is always my first priority when I travel, especially as a solo female. So although I am enchanted by the idea of Couchsurfing, the reality is that it does require a lot of trust, both as a host and as a guest. To have a stranger open their home and put that much trust into another stranger because of an ideal is a truly beautiful concept. Unfortunately, it is one with high potential to be abused. I am a mix of guarded and adventurous, but I truly I hope each experience I have with Couchsurfing is a good one. Haven't had a bad one yet!
Music, running, parody Twitter accounts, linguistics
- music festivals
- live music
- punk music
- folk music
- electronic music
- hip-hop music
- outdoor activities
- soul music
Music, Movies, and Books
As Bob Marlee once pointed out, "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." I have always found music to be one of the most profoundly moving aspects of my own life. Personally I would be honored if you shared some of your favorite songs with me. Soul and hip-hop are my favorite genres of the moment. I also have a deep affection for reggae, electronic music and certain genres of rock.
Recently I have grown to appreciate pop/top-40 music more. Though the music itself isn't always the deepest or of the highest quality, I find it powerful that one song can be heard in every corner of the world, and be a part of an entire generation's collective memory. It is surreal to hear the same music on the streets of a foreign city that you hear all the time on your home city's radio station. Although the industry has it's issues, I think it is possible to be both a fan and a critic of pop culture.
David Sedaris and Junot Diaz are my favorite authors; David Sedaris has a quirky style of storytelling that I adore. He reveals occasionally dark but very insightful humor in everyday situations (although his observations about human nature are sometimes so true they make you uncomfortable.) As for Junior Diaz, I began reading "The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao" during my first week of college, mostly because the back synopsis of the book had the term "disastrously overweight ghetto-nerd" and I thought it would cheer me up when I missed home. I ended up finishing the book in the middle of the night and crying so loudly that I woke my new roommate up. I became motivated to read his other works. He has the most interesting turns of phrase for an author, I highly recommend anything he has written.
My favorite television shows are It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Unbreakable: Kimmy Schmidt. I just appreciate off-beat humor (sometimes people don't realize this when they first meet me and react with surprise when they discover I am attempting to be funny.)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I taught myself to unicycle when I was a kid.
Teach, Learn, Share
I consider myself an open book (a chronic oversharer once you get to know me) and constantly seek out learning more about how people came to be the way that they are, and what has shaped their lives. I can share things from my multi-cultural background (German-Canadian and Japanese-American) and previous travel experiences.
----------------Previous Travel (only if it interests you)--------------
-Gone to Japan for 10 days with my grandparents and twin brother
-Traveled around Europe for a month with about 40 classmates and my US history teacher
-Spent 6 weeks in Peru volunteering for a UN-sponsored organization (I have a very complicated emotional relationship with this trip, I can explain more if you like but it's something I really don't know how to feel about)
-Studied abroad for a summer in Europe for 8-9 weeks, 7 of which were spent taking language and history classes in Barcelona.
-Been to Canada a fair amount (Seattle is a only a 90 minute drive away from Vancouver and I have duel Canadian/United States citizenship)
What I Can Share with Hosts
I can share my love of learning about others and experiencing other ways of living and existing. I want to know your story -- and I promise I won't psycho-analyze you. I am just a student and not nearly qualified enough, nor is it my place as a friend :P
If you would be willing to teach me how to cook your favorite dish, I would be happy to provide the necessary groceries! And/or a bottle of wine?
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Canada, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland