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To resettle into Canadian life and visit more of the west coast. After almost 5 years abroad I am excited live on the west coast of Canada once again.
About me. I am an avid traveler and have spent the last 5 years in Asia and South America. I have recently returned to the West coast of Canada where I am very stoked to be setting up my life again back home.
I believe in the powers of the universe and that the more positive energy we put into it through our positive interactions with others and positive intentions the more positivity and therefore happiness that comes back to us. I live to understand the human experience, which probably accounts for my great desire to travel. I never want to stop learning, listening to others, and developing myself.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
None to date but very eager to try:-)
I like....old people and children. fishing, camping, hiking, nice views, big green trees, children's books, (Where the Wild things Are and There's a Nightmare in my Closet are favourites), west coast ocean views, smells and animals, dinner theatre, vegetarian cooking, film fests, baking and cooking for others, trying new food, talking to strangers, hot chocolate and warm blankets, snow, being goofy, being girly, being strong and independent, tubing down rivers, camp fires, piedaleaus(sp?), of course travel travel and more travel, writing traditional chinese characters and generally studying mandarin Chinese, reading, wearing bright happy colours, adventures, y mucho más!
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: anything Hayao Miyazaki. also anything Wang Kar Wai. Tsai Ming Liang's Rebels of the Neon God. Turn Left Turn Right filmed in Taipei by Jimmy Liao. Anything Cohen brothers. Tremors with Kevin Bacon..i don't know..tons of others..
Favorite Books:On the Road by Jack Keroack. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest -Ken Kesey. Totto-Chan by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi. Thousand Cranes - Yasunari Kawabata. The Globalization of Poverty - Michel Chossudovsky. Emily Carr a Biography - Mary Tippett. anything by Amy Tan and/or authors who recount the Chinese - American/Canadian immigrant experience. The Drawings of the Indian Chronicler - Guaman Poma. Stolen Continents: the new world through Indian eyes - Ronald Wright.
Music: a great variety of tunes. DMB, anything Blue Grassy i.e. The Be Good Tanyas or Allison Kraus, Roy Orbison, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Aim, Lila Downs, M.I.A., Chromeo, Chinese pop music (Jay Chou), Mazzy Star or anything Hope Sandoval, Thievery Corporation, Gotan Project, Groove Armada, Nina Simone, J.J. Cale, Cowboy Junkies, K'Naan, Macaco, almost anything Cumbia (grupo 5, Marilyn, Celso Piña), Jose Gonzalez, Jorge Drexler, the Latin Lovers, the Toots and Maytails, Barrington Levy, Dawn Penn, other reggae, ragga, dancehall, artists for whose music I love when I hear it but know not their names. and so much more...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Most amazing thing I have ever seen....this is a hard question to answer. I have seen a lot in the past 5 years of travel. I think, however, the most striking life experience I have had to date was in February of 2003. I was traveling in Vietnam and went to the north to a small town called Sapa. While on a 5 day trek in the mountains our team stopped in a small village for a break. The other hikers stayed to rest while the guide and I went to walk around a little more just a short distance from the village. After a while we encountered another smaller village where its inhabitants lived in tent-like dwellings. The guide, myself in tow, entered one of the tents to greet its occupants. As the guide spoke with them I was astonished to find UN food relief packages on the dirt floor. This was my first real exposure to poverty as it exists in the developing world. Although this initital experience is still very significant I have since experienced/witnessed even more profound poverty levels. This intitial experience and others have greatly changed my life. Since then I have made it my life goal to work for social justice causes aiming at poverty alleviation and education (which arguably can postively change poverty levels).
Teach, Learn, Share
I have taught English, offered business development workshops to street youth and an artisan cooperative in South America. I can cook quite well so am happy to share that skill.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Chile, China, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, South Korea, Thailand, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Bolivia, Canada, Taiwan