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**Detailed, personal requests are always preferred – let me know why you want to stay with me (as opposed to all the other great people on Couchsurfing) and what kind of things you'd like to do in my city. Please don't request more than a week and a half in advance -- I can't plan my life further than that in the future. And please don't send a request for a stay longer than 2 nights. If you ignore these two things, I probably won't reply. Last minute requests welcome!
*Si vous ne parlez pas très bien anglais, n'hésitez pas à écrire en français! :)
Born & raised in Los Angeles. I've lived in New York, Paris, Amsterdam, and Béthune (a tiny town in the north of France), and now I'm back in LA working in the curatorial department of one of LA's main art museums. I live with my boyfriend Jules (from Amsterdam) and friend Lily (from LA). Come stay with us and help us remember to water our plants!
ABOUT MY CITY:
LA can be a very difficult city for tourists. Our public transport system is terrible, and the city is huge and decentralized, which makes it difficult to navigate without a GPS. However, these issues are also what make LA an amazing city for discovery – there are tons of hidden, amazing places!
I can show you: a santeria shop, a lake shrine, cemetery film screenings, a panorama museum, speakeasies, a witch's house, dive bars, outsider art, porn star karaoke, diners, tiki bars, and silent movie screenings. If these types of things sound cool to you, then hit me up!
GET PUMPED FOR YOUR TRIP:
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I travelled a lot and lived abroad for 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 culture to me!
I love couchsurfing because, for me, traveling is as much about meeting new people as it is about seeing new places. I've only had great experiences on Couchsurfing so far!
Things I love: tea, good wine that people's parents give me, cheap wine that I buy myself from the supermarket, cheese, folklore + mythology, IPAs, Christmas markets, the smell of firewood burning, midnight sun, summer rain, the mountains, old movies, 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, waking up early, rude drivers, washing dishes.
Music, Movies, and Books
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.
Movies: Ingmar Bergman is my all-time favorite director, and I also love anything Czech or French New Wave, screwball comedies from the 1930s & 40s, silent films, documentaries, 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 mom 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).
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