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To Meet Chill People in Sydney and Fiji (and New Zealand)
My nickname is "Amazon" because I am tall and blonde, but personally, I think "Short Circuit" is more accurate because I often embrace my inner nerd.
I'll try everything once, but don't tease me if sometimes I get a little scared right before I do it. I repeatedly do my best to rock climb and surf. I hate needles, but I make myself give blood.
I tend to be one of the guys, but I will still go to the bathroom to put on lip gloss. It's likely that I will be knitting while watching movies or on the subway.
I'm taking my standardized exams to apply to business school in the US to pursue my dream of opening a brewery in Hong Kong in five years with friends. I don't like studying for standardized tests, but I like beer. Though I've have been to 13 beerfests, I'm not even close to a beer snob.
I have been described as being rational to the point of irrationality. People think I say everything that's in my head, but they're wrong. I say a fraction of what I think, but I mean everything that I say.
Some quotes by which I abide:
"Be kind. Don't hurt. Death is coming for all of us anyway, and it is better to be Lot's wife looking back through salty eyes than the Deity that destroyed those cities of the plain in order to save them."
- Robert Scholes
"One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be."
"To have peace with this peculiar life; to accept what we do not understand; to wait calmly for what awaits us, you have to be wiser than I am"
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I have a propensity for meeting people and making random connections. My personal best was when I was in Nanjing, I spoke Spanish to a couple of German kids at a dive bar who turned out to cousins with my college best friend's friend from high school. It's served me well, as I am fortunate enough to have been able to couch-hop around the world with impunity by using facebook.
I've never been couchsurfing myself, but I've heard wonderful stories from people who have. Particularly, my friend Faz took an epic four month trip around the world using mostly CS to meet people and find places to stay, and he still tells amazing stories. I'm piqued.
When I am at home, my activities include but are not limited: bike riding along the Charles River, urban hiking at random T stops, silly dancing at dance clubs, and making grandiose plans.
Things that I bring with me all over include going to museums (I had a short-lived career as a curatorial assistant), knitting, drawing, drinking attempting to rock climb and surf, snowboarding, walking to random places and convincing strangers to tell me their secrets.
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: The Big Lebowski, Donnie Darko, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (or anything by Terry Gilliam), I Heart Huckabees, Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet, Dead Poet's Society, Royal Tenenbaums, Little Miss Sunshine, Crash, Broken Flowers, and ok, I totally watch crap like Superbad and Anchorman.
Music: The Top 25 Played Songs on my ipod include Bloc Party, MIA, Beta Band, I Am Jen, Royksopp, Beatles, Lo Fidelity All Stars, Fujia & Miyagi, Hot Chip, St Vincent, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, Bishop Allen, Vampire Weekend (who I did theater with in college), Of Montreal, Architecture in Helsinki, along with classics and classical.
Books: I often gravitate to works by Edith Wharton, Bill Bryson, Nicholson Baker and John McCullough. I I love reading mind bending books in the appropriate locales, like when I read Hunter S Thompson's "Rum Diaries" in the Dominican Republic. I read "John Adams" in Israel and was really moved by the surprising parallels in nationhood and patriotism. As I mentioned above, I will nerd out on you hardcore.
Countries I’ve Visited
Aruba, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic
Countries I’ve Lived In