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I am the middle child in a five member family. I grew up on a farm in upstate New York, in an intentional community. My father grew up in Ecuador and my mother comes from an old Quaker family, so those cultures have had a strong influence on me throughout my life. 80% of the time, I am excited to meet strangers and have any kind of adventure. The rest of the time I enjoy silence, solitude, routine and reflection.
I'm a legal citizen of three countries– Costa Rica because I was born there, the United States because I live there, and Germany because my grandfather immigrated from there– but the allegiance I really value is my global citizenship!
I strive to live non-violently, simply, and with integrity. I value community very highly because being in community keeps me happy and makes me a better person. I think you have to enjoy life, but you also have to take responsibility for your lifestyle and care for your environment.
I can find something I really like in anyone, and often I don't have to look that hard if I'm just open to it.
If I am open and generous with others, they vouch for me when I need it.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I thoroughly enjoy hosting and being hosted, and I've been to a couple meetups too.
I have tumbled upon the most wonderful and generous hosts imaginable in my travels. Different couches have yielded lasting friendships, deep happiness, and changes in my personal philosophy. What more could one ask for?
Hiking, biking, canoeing, camping, wilderness living,
team sports (lacrosse, soccer, basketball, running, ultimate frisbee),
ecology, technology, languages, programming, geography, architecture,
people, games, and adventures!
Music, Movies, and Books
I like electronic music, drums, and most anything with a catchy beat. Some recent examples: Banditos, Ratatat, Buddha Bar, Milkman, Daft Punk, Man Man.
I don't watch many movies, so I usually enjoy them when I do. Recently I enjoyed Castle in the Sky by Miyazaki. I am a big fan of silent films, like those staring Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.
Some of my favorite books are field guides and atlases. I also love any book that tells a good story, but I don't read nearly as much as would like to.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Slept outside during a rainstorm.
Teach, Learn, Share
I enjoy teaching people about using computers, living in the wilderness, and Quakerism.
I love learning about language! I would like to learn how to be a better cook and better gardener.
Countries I’ve Visited
Egypt, France, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Palestine, Spain, Switzerland
Countries I’ve Lived In
Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, United States