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Kendra Shanley

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Last login about 1 month ago

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  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 32, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • Local Currency Founder
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About Me


Shrink the world, connect to people from all over, make CS a way of life!


I lived in San Francisco for 7 years and just moved to Oakland about a year ago. I am from Southern California, and arrived here after living in Washington DC and London, and brief stints in South America, mostly Bolivia. I studied parasites and I like the weirdness of biology. I get pretty excited when talking about a subject that interests me, and I like hearing and telling great stories. I radically changed my life 2 years ago after reading a book called Sacred Economics, by Charles Eisenstein. I am now the co-founder of Bay Bucks, a local currency system in the SF Bay Area.

I love living in the Bay Area because I love the people I have met here, the things you can find, and the way you can be whatever you want. I love to dance (salsa, bhangra, charleston, whatever), to grow things, to learn from people, and to hear good ideas.

I like to meet and host people that are free-spirited, not afraid of new places or ideas, and bring the right energy and attitude.


My personal philosophy. Wow, that's intense for an online profile. But I think it's important, so... I love deeply and trust intuitively. I hate that money dictates so much of what people do. I try to see the amazingness of everything and the beauty of the world at all times. I don't like letting other people down. I hope to live simply, happily, and to be a lifelong learner.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


Hosting, meet fellow CSers, meetings, parties, you name it...


Well.. I hosted a lot in SF, met other local hosters and their guests, attended meet-ups/activities... plan to do more of the same and eventually travel again when the opportunity presents itself. My favorite CS memory is the 2008 elections when I was hosting a Brit and a French guy who got to join in the wild street celebrations that night in SF, they had no idea it was going to be so crazy!


Local currency, permaculture, ecovillages, co-housing, death, mind-expanding activities, public health, dancing (especially salsa and other latin dances, bhangra, Charleston, hip-hop), food (especially locally farmed), ecology, jungles, insects, international goings-on...you know, frankly, almost everything interests me. You just have to be a good story teller. :)

Music, Movies & Books

This section is too overwhelming. I like rock n' roll, bluegrass, country, folk.... a bunch of bands that are totally diverse. My favorite authors are Charles Eisenstein, Tom Robbins, Dave Eggers, Philip Roth and I enjoy books about science (fiction and non), other cultures, and philosophy. I am in a book club and read all sorts of stuff I wouldnt normally choose for myself, and end up liking much of it. I love musicals and stage performances as well.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Seen many things, usually unexpectedly...Seen a saints day festival in rural Bolivia in the rain. The Bolivian desert, the Peruvian rivers, the Costa Rican and Bolivian jungles...it's all amazing. Beautiful beaches in New Zealand, Hawaii, even good old SoCal.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you about local currency systems, parasites, STDs and other health topics, maybe some basic gardening and permaculture. Also, English and Spanish language. Would like to learn: more languages, history of places I know little about (which is almost everywhere sadly, my history is really lacking), and probably a whole lot of other things I havent thought of. Would like to learn to crochet or knit, and sew better. Would like to learn about the flora and fauna of the places I go, and more permaculture.

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Germany, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, Venezuela

Countries I've Lived In

United Kingdom, United States

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