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Born & raised in Los Angeles. I spent 4 years studying in (upstate) New York, and got my bachelor's a year ago in Film & Electronic Arts and French Studies. I spent this past year living in a tiny town in the north of France, where I taught English to French kiddos, and have also lived off and on in Amsterdam and Paris. Now I'm back in LA working for an arts organization.
ABOUT MY CITY
In my opinion, LA is a terribly difficult city for tourists. Awful public transport system, too big and sprawling, difficult to navigate without a GPS, and it doesn't have a real "center". However, these issues are also what make LA an amazing city for discovery. There are tons of magical places, and uncovering them can make you feel like you're on a treasure hunt, exploring uncharted territory. I too often meet people who visited LA and really didn't like it, and it's almost always because they didn't know where to go or how to get there.
I can show you a santeria shop, a lake shrine, cemetery film screenings, speakeasies, a witch's house, dive bars, outsider art, porn star karaoke, diners, tiki bars, and silent movie screenings. If you're looking for those type of experiences, then hit me up! But if you're planning to spend a lot of time at Rodeo Drive, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Universal Studios (which is fine too!) there probably isn't a lot I can offer you that you wouldn't be able to find just as easily in a tour book.
Bad news: LA shuts down annoyingly early. Most places close by 2:00, even on weekends.
Good news: LA is the world capital of dietary restrictions, so you will be in good company with your veganism/vegetarianism/gluten intolerance/lactose intolerance.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
One of the main reasons I couchsurf is because I want people to see that there's such a wide variety of Americans out there. We're not all McDonalds eating, gun toting, global warming deniers who don't understand the difference between Austria and Australia. However, those people certainly exist, and you should meet them too!
I've been really fortunate to be able to travel a lot and live abroad in the past 3 years, but now I won't be able to for awhile, which makes me really sad. You help me fill that emptiness by bringing your cultures to me!
I couchsurf because I realized that when I travel, what sticks with me most are the people I meet. I've made some amazing friends through Couchsurfing, and have been very lucky to have only had good experiences so far.
Things I love: tea, good wine that people's parents give me, cheap wine that I buy myself from the supermarket, cheese, fairy tales and mythology, Christmas markets, the smell of firewood burning, midnight sun, summer rain, the mountains, kitsch, talking to people who aren't boring (sometimes they're difficult to find), making last minute crazy plans, staying up all night.
Things I hate: clubs/raves/super loud pulsing music, cilantro, impolite drivers, washing dishes.
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: folk music, gypsy jazz (like Django Reinhardt). I love musicians who have unusual voices (i.e. Bob Dylan, Joanna Newsom). I'm not the biggest music person, actually, though I do enjoy it.
Books: So many, I'm in love with reading! Russian novels especially (I really love the Russian sense of humor), Stefan Zweig, William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, and many, many more. I try to read books translated from all around the world. It helps me feel like I'm traveling even when I'm stuck in one place.
TV: Borgen, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones.
Movies: Ingmar Bergman is my all-time favorite director, and I also love anything Czech or French New Wave, Hollywood comedies from the 30s/40s, silent films, documentaries (everyone go watch "The Act of Killing"!), ethnographic films... I studied film in college, so I could go on and on and on. If you're a film nerd, there are some awesome retrospective movie theaters in LA that I'd be happy to tell you about!
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
When I was seven, I watched my baby brother being born. Pretty amazing.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach you American slang, American slang that my dad uses and is now no longer cool, how to make a very good salad dressing, how to make great sangria in summer and great spiced wine in winter, about arts & culture. I can tell you a lot of great places to go in LA. If you're going to continue traveling throughout California, I can suggest some awesome places to visit throughout the state, especially if you like camping & hiking.
I can share whatever I have! And those immaterial things too (like good vibes, good conversation).
What I Can Share with Hosts
(Also what I can share with guests!)
Conversation, questions, a home-cooked meal, a fun and carefree spirit, a willingness to jump into any adventure, a go with the flow attitude. I can answer all your questions about America that begin with "In the USA do you REALLY________?"
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, Netherlands, United States