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Overview

  • 34 References 19 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, French, Spanish
  • 27, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • Civic technology
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About Me

"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass." –Maya Angelou

You could say that travelling's in my blood. My intrepid parents first put me on a plane at the tender age of two weeks (yes, weeks!) Since then, I've taken quite comfortably to the skies. Growing up as a Third Culture Kid navigating the nuances of home, identity, and rootlessness, I now consider Vancouver, Canada home (base), or the closest thing to it.

My journey has taken me to dozens of countries over several continents (and counting). Several years back, I spent some time in the United Kingdom working on my Masters, focusing on the intersection of media and political partisanship. Currently, I'm incredibly lucky to be working with a civic technology startup that's building a platform for citizen engagement and public participation. I'm inspired by the potential for technology to catalyze social and political change, and would love to connect and hear insights from people all over the world.

Since returning to Vancouver, I've been rediscovering this gem of a city. I can't wait to show you around – be it for a night out on the town, a transit-friendly hike, or devouring the best sushi this side of the Pacific Ocean has to offer.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I first Couchsurfed in 2009 as I embarked on a cross-Canada backpacking trip. A year later, I started hosting during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. It's a great way to gain new experiences and share in local insights no matter where you are, sometimes without even leaving the comfort of your own home.

Note: If you're checking out my references, a lot of my earlier hosting references appear under "Personal".

Interests

adventures off the beaten path, books by funny feminists, craft beer, dance parties, electoral politics, food (cooking, baking, and eating), hiking, internet animals, intersectional discourse, meditation, podcasts, nature walks, urban design, walkable cities

  • books
  • dancing
  • cooking
  • beer
  • baking
  • yoga
  • politics
  • traveling
  • hiking
  • backpacking
  • kayaking
  • history

Music, Movies, and Books

Scandinavian crime anything, political dramas, Twin Peaks

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Every mountain I hike and ocean I paddle in fills me with awe. Like, damn, look at this fine planet we live on.

Teach, Learn, Share

If you're staying with me, feel free to weed through my extensive library. I primarily own non-fiction books on Canadian and American politics, feminism, history, economics, and psychology. I've also started to build a small collection of Young Adult fiction, and recommendations are always welcome.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Cooking and sharing food is probably the cornerstone of any social interaction. Beyond nourishment and sustenance, food holds cultural and historical significance, and I think that's beautiful. For a large part of my life, discovering the cuisines of my heritage was key to understanding and realizing my identity. I love to cook for my hosts and/or guests and share in the notion of breaking bread, of bridging gaps between cultures. I would also very much appreciate if you were to teach me about your local cuisine.

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Turkey, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom

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