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Jumping at opportunities to experience the world through travel.
Ever heard the phrase "the other side of the tracks?" Well, I was raised ON the tracks growing up in The Bronx. Even though I wasn't sheltered much, I was drilled with values and I suppose growing up with so many influences from people and families of diffrent cultures and socio-economic backgrounds drew me to Sociology.
I'm known to get along with nearly everyone, any time, and place. I have been lucky to get to be travelling more with friends on their buisness trips because I have earned a reputation for being laid-back, free-spirited and independant when travelling with others. I'm just as at ease exploring a new place on my own as accompaning and winging the part at business confrences- I suppose I'm pretty mutable in situations with people because I genuinely enjoy all kinds of company. I do prefer to not eat alone if it can helped, sharing a meal is of my favotite past times.
Even though I live an independant life in Nyc, I enjoy being part of the organic solidarity found in groups of people during festivities, whether big or small. I make friends wherever I go. I have a knack for languages and dancing, and genuinely being an all around happy and helpfull person. That's just me.
When it's the Truth it shows up everywhere.
"If you believe things happen for a reason, then don't freak out when things do happen, for a reason."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley - www.drstandley.com
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
New to CS and looking to immerse myself as much as possible now that I have the flexibility to do so. Looking forward to meeting many members in this awesome community of like minded souls and making memorable experiences through unexpected (the best kind, really) adventures! I'll be hosting in the near future.
I un-officially couch surfed through the Island of Crete in Greece this summer when I remained for an extra month after the Study Abroad group from the US departed after the course. I found long lost relatives, cousins I had never met and "family" I never knew I had through the locals. I used to get teased about being to "too nice" and nick-named "Martha Stewart" for my hospitality habits here in the States- turns out I'm just a claasic Greek from Crete where genuine hospitality.
Empowering Children. Clowning, Magic and Ballon Twisting (seriously). Cooking and dining out- esp. Korean food! Mosaics. Biking. Hiking. Local flavor packed Foods! Folk dances from all cultures (I pick them up quick!)
Astronomy, I'm a star gazer and I'm always looking up whenever I leave the city.
- study abroad
Music, Movies, and Books
I'm easilly impressed by most films and movies because I always go in with no expectations and am easily entertained in general. Always have been an avid reader: John Irving, Vonnegut, Kazantzakis, David Foster Wallace, Philosophical generes, world history and alot of Sociology material.
I honesty like all kinds of music, yes, even country. I have a weakness for industrial electronica like Depeche Mode, New Order, Erasure and Tool. Was brought up with the now "Classic" Rock- Led Zepplin, Doors, and everything from the 90's. I especially enjoy folk and island music that has so much heart- from tradition Cretan Lyra, Bluegrass from below the Mason-Dixon line, Bomba y Plena from P.R, and Bachatta and Merengue.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Earned 36 credits in a single semester- even though administration insisted it had never been done, thus not poossible.
Experienced full lunar eclipse (15/6/11) on a Beach in Matala, Crete.
Visited the Cave of Zues.
Teach, Learn, Share
Learn to Pack Light, you'll rarely regret it and learn more about you really "need" to survive and enjoy yourself.