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Leslie Mortland

Smithfield, RI, United States

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Overview

  • 4 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, German
  • 25, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • Program Assistant for the Confucius ...
  • University at Albany, New York, U.S....
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Live to experience

ABOUT ME

I'm a fairly laid back and easy going person.I'm more than happy to lend a hand in any endeavor, and I like to support my friends in anything they want to pursue. I have a mildly silly sense of humor and really enjoy experiencing new things. I think my friends think of me as that person that you know would definitely go along if you wanted to try something completely new, or would join if you wanted to go experience something a little outside of the box.

PHILOSOPHY

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I have been off the Couchsurfing grid for quite a while now but hopefully will soon be hosting guests! I am also going to be travelling around Germany in August and will hopefully find one or two couch surfers that will let me crash on their couches.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

During the summer of 2012 I backpacked around western Europe visiting friends I had made at Fudan University and couch surfing with some people here on this site. I had too many amazing experiences to count!

In the summer of 2011 I couch surfed for 3 months at a friend's place. I actually didn't know her very well at first and only came to know her better out of necessity. It ended up being a blast! Her and seven of her friends rented an entire house together and it was fun to live in this college student town house where there was always someone to hand out with, eat with, drink with, and adventure with. I will never forget the fun that I had staying there.

Interests

Basic hobbies that I pursue on a day-to-day basis include playing the ukulele, reading, dog walking, spending as much time outside as possible, skyping with overseas friends, and knitting.

When I do have a little more time on my hands I like to spend time with family and friends, particularly my wily energetic 90 year old grandparents.

In the winter I try to get in as much skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating as possible. In the last few years I have buried myself in schoolwork for most of the winter, but I look forward to being able to really pick up winter sports again when university is over.

I also really look forward to spending more time singing. When I was younger from middle school into high school I was invested in the school chorus and drama clubs. I haven't continued either due to the need to pick up several part time jobs throughout college, but I am excited to have time to invest in just singing for myself when I can.

The one hobby I have been able to continue vested in despite school has been traveling. While I have been a Chinese major, my sister has become a Japanese major, and over the last few years my parents have come with us to both China and Japan. My mother's side of the family has this really great tradition where every year all the women get together for a "Girl's Weekend" where we go check out museums and historical sights along the east coast where we live. Hands down that is one of my favorite parts of the year.

Although I am not an overly religious person, I really enjoy visiting old places of worship (as long as it is completely ok that I am there, I am not down with invading or disrespecting any private spiritual practices or overstepping the bounds of any denomination). The energy and history that thrums like a pulse inside beautifully constructed cathedrals and synagogues is just one of my favorite things.

Music, Movies & Books

I love live music, especially the kind that makes you want to jump up and dance.

As far as movies go there's little that I genuinely dislike. A few of my favorites are The Grand Budapest Hotel, and To Live.

I love books that resonate with me in some deep inner place, especially if they teach me a point of view or opinion that makes me feel like, "That's it! That is how I feel but couldn't quite put my finger on it before."
I also like books that take me to someplace I could never actually be or teach me something about a life experience or lens to see the world through that i could never access otherwise.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

The most recent experience I've had that was striking was visiting the Great Western Staircase, also nicknamed the million dollar staircase, in the Albany Capital Building. My sculpting teacher assigned us a low-key paper detailing the five story staircase that is one of Albany's least known treasures. The staircase is constructed in several different mediums and attempts to detail the entirety of American history. There's this mishmash of themes and historical references all detailed in dungeon-invoking architecture. It's awe-striking and breathtaking. The kind of place you want to walk through and just experience in quiet.

Teach, Learn, Share

I could probably teach a little Mandarin Chinese, knitting, and ice skating. I'm sure I could teach other things that I know about, but the above things I've actually taught before.

What I Can Share With Hosts

Conversation and a little local history, as well as information about Cape Cod and the surrounding area.

Countries I've Visited

Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

China, United States

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