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I've always heard how liberating it is to go to a movie by yourself; why not a continent?
I've worked with at-risk/vulnerable populations the last eight years in a variety of forms. Before proper teaching, I also taught art and yoga to kids from Compton and Watts and managed the children's program/did case management at an emergency shelter in Richmond, VA.
I'm currently teaching first grade in the Fruitvale neighborhood of East Oakland, which is the neighborhood in which my family settled in when they immigrated to the states. Teaching means I have a super amount of fun during the day and sleep so good when I get a chance... and always have stories at the end of the day! I feel lucky to be able to work with/for such a giving, passionate, and persistent community of folks! Three years of teaching and I’ve yet to master keeping a straight face. While I could write forever about all I've learned, one of the most important things I've gained is how to truly appreciate, listen.. and disdain all the ordinary bs. I also like it cause I can jump rope on my breaks :)
I get restless if I stay in California for more than a month without a weekend trip, and antsy if I stay in the states more than a year.
I take advantage of the fact that I can buy flowers on the street on my way home.
I'm pretty impulsive, but haven’t regretted a decision yet. My trip this summer to Australia and New Zealand was bought one morning while I was waiting for the coffee to brew. :)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
being open to the experience
both hostin' and sleepin'
making lots of coffee, exploring the city and land, learning spanish, greenliving, liberation theology, building/maintaining/preserving community, taco trucks and fruit stands, politics+social justice+humanitarianism, making friends on public transportation, traveling/backpacking, language acquisition, gonzaga basketball, vegetarian cooking, teaching first grade, eastern philosophies, lots of camping and hiking, reading the paper, homeless advocacy, very happy hours, simple living, yoga, kitchen dance parties, music loaded with bass and passion, brunch on the weekend, farmers markets, red red wine, ferry boats, risk-taking, the hyphy movement, art therapy, roadtrippin' it up, opportunistic travel, the nights that turn into morning, learning about you.
Music, Movies, and Books
I like a lot of political writings, takes on the various world and street cultures, eastern/zen philosophies, fiction that reveals insights on society, and poetry.
Music? like everyone else, so much! I steer clear of top 40.. and gravitate more towards afrobeat, jambands, latin, reggaeton, streethop, bailefunk, all that good stuff from the 60s and 70s.. and of course, growing up in Seattle means I have a sweet spot for their music scene.
no to tv, yes to cinema!
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I stayed in a favela last summer in Rio and the only successful conversation I had in Portuguese was ordering beers on the beach and talking smack about (former! yeah!) President Bush.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Ireland, Laos, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Saint Lucia, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands, British, Virgin Islands, U.S.
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, United Kingdom, United States