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"try to learn something about everything and everything about something." - Thomas Huxley
Isn't it interesting that whenever we are asked to define ourselves or summarize our lives, the first information we give is our profession?
Well, I work as a Child Advocate and Educator for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, which means half of my job is prevention (teaching kids about healthy relationships) in public schools, and half of my job is planning activities and things for kids in the Safe Houses. I also work part time at my dance studio where I dance ALOT of Salsa, which keeps me sane.
Other than working, I'm really trying to find myself as an individual in this big world of ours.
The first adjectives that come to mind when describing myself are as follows: active, enthusiastic, eccentric, passionate, adventurous, open-minded, energetic, deliberate, thoughtful, intelligent, cheeky, confident, honest, and independent.
I live a pretty balanced life- I'm a "dyanamic" character if you will. I'm a hard worker, but I also love to go out and enjoy my free time. Although I like nightlife, I also find refuge in the outdoors and love to go running and hiking. I was once able to knit, but I think that's a long lost skill.
I spent some time couchsurfing and traveling, and I really wanted to travel and meet lots of new people before settling down in the real world. Unfortunately my schedule doesn't look like its going to be very giving as far as travel at the moment, So now its my turn to host! My moment to travel will come again soon though :-)
I do a lot of random things- I love to ride my bike, but I also love to go out on the weekends. I love to go on long backpacking trips, but I also love the city life. I can pretty much adapt myself to any situation and I love to diversify my interests. I love trying new things!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
While I was vagrant, I stayed with a lot of hosts that made the world of difference in my experience. Traveling with other like-minded (or not so like minded) people really opens up opportunities and provides for an amazing diversity of experience.
I hosted while I lived in NYC, and am now mostly just on CS to meet awesome new people/travelers!
I love too many things to list. I can have fun doing about almost anything as long as the people around me are happy, interesting, and bring cool things to the table.
- performing arts
- outdoor activities
- social work
Music, Movies, and Books
Books: At the moment, my reading list is topped by lots of children's books! I'd have to say my favorites are Ready, Freddy!, Horrible Harry, Junie B., Cam Jansen, and Henry and Mudge :)
Movies: Bring it on honestly tops them all. Clueless isn't so bad either. Did I mention Mean Girls? I think I'm a teenager at heart. I also love a good period piece: The Duchess, The Other Boelyn Girl, Little Women, Sense and Sensibility, Jane Eyre, Atonement, the Girl with a Pearl Earring; that type of thing.
Shows: I don't own a TV, so the only time I really watch is if it is on at a friends, and I am not picky. The only thing I don't like is particularly vulgar humor, such as South Park.
Music: Top 3 are Salsa, bluegrass, reggaeton (weird mixture, I know). I love to dance latin music so that sometimes takes over :) But I am pretty eclectic, I also really like rap, folk, hip-hop, and country music. I guess I'm not picky about music either?
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I have traveled via foot and bus the entire perimiter of Iceland.
I also traveled around the Amazon basin for 3 weeks no plan, and $250. Made it down the Rio Napo in Ecuador, passed the border into Peru, reached the Rio Amazonas, passed into Brazil, and then traveled into Colombia. Ask me about it. It was a fascinating journey. Being the first non-native to travel to a few indigenous communities, machetes through the rainforest, staying in a petroleum company's complex, and people offering to sleep in my hammock is just a peek.
Countries I’ve Visited
Aruba, Bahamas, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru
Countries I’ve Lived In
Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Spain, United States