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To contribute to making a more just and friendlier world // Contribuir a hacer un mundo más justo y agradable // Contribuer à faire un monde plus juste et accueillant (and improve my French!)
Sharing meaningful ideas and having meaningful conversation is nourishing for my soul. I'm a quieter type, but once I get going, I can talk and listen into the wee hours of the night. You just have to find the right topic, which isn't that hard, since I think I have a lot of passions -- from food to migrants' rights.
Traveling for me means envisioning the various layers of time and space and people that comprise the here and now, and hopefully also getting in a good meal!
Queer/LGBT friendly and proud!
Never settle for a mediocre meal. If you think there's no good baguette outside of France, then you'd better get on a plane to Paris.
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt. (I learned this quote when I was eight, and I still think it's the best!)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
To explore and be a traveler and get to know the world from someone else's perspective. To eat!
Sarcastic humor, urban design, political theory, classic Hollywood film, cooking + baking, cultural relativism, subways
Music, Movies, and Books
Books: Between the Acts and To the Lighthouse (and really anything by my girl Ginny Woolf), The Power and the Glory, Pygmalion, Eric Hobsbawm's history of 19th century Europe, Death in Venice, The Power Broker, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Art of Simple Food.
Movies: All About Eve, Mildred Pierce, The Panic in Needle Park, Goodfellas, The Passion of Joan of Arc, The Graduate, On the Waterfront, Pulp Fiction, Brokeback Mountain, Gold Diggers of 1933 (especially this remarkable scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzMy7-7WV44), Clue.
Food: Ripe pears, almonds, sherry, nutmeg, polenta, barley, lemon curd on pound cake, arugula.
Music: The truth is I mostly listen to Beethoven on the go.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Sunset over the Alhambra in Granada, Spain.
Teach, Learn, Share
I don't think any of these three is possible without the other, (unless you have an imperialist attitude towards learning, which I guess most schools do...phooey.)
Anyway, traveling for me is about understanding how the setting in which I've grown up and currently live has created "me" and comparing that to the way others have been influenced by their setting.
I can also find you really good bagels, pizza, ice cream and assorted other foods in New York if that's a lot.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I'd love to chat over drinks or coffee and, if you're interested, over a meal, which I can cook for you! For those making the trip, I can also offer insider NYC tricks, the most important of which is, perhaps, that a-n-y Starbucks can be your free WiFi hotspot and/or bathroom break locale. You don't have to buy anything!
Countries I’ve Visited
Barbados, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Palestine, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In