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Overview

  • 14 References 12 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese (Simplified), French, Spanish
  • 26, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • Social Worker
  • Bachelor in Anthropology
  • From Mendon, Vermont
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To live freely and find out how I can help others live freely. I feel privileged to be able to move about the US and world, and hope someday everyone has that freedom. I also hope to meet many people along the way to learn their truths.

ABOUT ME

curious, silly, adventurous, spontaneous, caring, questioning, trying to stay optimistic

PHILOSOPHY

I want to find a way to live in complete freedom so that I can both do what I want to do and also allow those around me the confidence and space to do what they would like to do. I'm still working on my personal philosophy though...

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

So far I've only surfed on couches/floors/beds. Someday when I "settle" somewhere I'll open up my home to others in return. I've hosted a bit through my roommate's acct when I lived in Oakland, CA.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Spent my first night in Colombia couchsurfing and was hooked ever since.

Interests

I enjoy interacting with people, observing people, being with people to the fullest extent, but then I also enjoy having time to myself to reflect, read, relax...

live music with a beat, hidden and unassuming coffeeshops and bookstores, mountains, swimming holes, bike rides to quirky little spots in cities or to epic mtn/ocean/lake vistas

Music, Movies, and Books

Give me some George Saunders short stories and I'll laugh and cry to them. Give me some Tom Robbins and I won't put the book down until it's done.

Live music I can jump around to

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Rafted in the Alaskan wilderness and nearly killed my sister when I steered us into an unbeknownst to me rapid

Teach, Learn, Share

Love to cook with/for hosts. I also weirdly love helping people with their resumés. I'm from the US...Ask me about it, but don't expect I have the right answer to how we ended up electing our next president.

Countries I’ve Visited

Bolivia, Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Israel, Mexico, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Spain

Countries I’ve Lived In

Cameroon, United States

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