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  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, French, Spanish
  • 26, 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

I could tell you about the time I was stuck on the highway outside Thunder Bay at 3 a.m. Or about that house I once lived in that had far too many university students and two dogs. Or my two travelling gnomes, one of whom's off on a three-year adventure with my best friend around Asia. But those are all anecdotes that you'd doubtlessly rather hear about in person.

I've just completed my Masters degree in Politics and Communications in London. I'm interested in the power of new/alternative media to enact social and political change, and would love to connect and hear insights from people all over the world.

Now that I'm back in Vancouver, I've been rediscovering this gem of a city and can't wait to show travellers around, be it for a night out on the town (followed by poutine at La Belle Patate) or devouring the best sushi this side of the Pacific Ocean has to offer.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I first couchsurfed during my 2009 cross-Canada backpacking trip, and started to host during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. It's definitely the best way to travel and gain new experiences, sometimes without even leaving the comfort of your own home!


Adventures off the beaten path
Books by funny feminists
Craft beer
Dance parties
Electoral politics
Food (cooking, baking, and eating)
Generally being a dork
Internet cats
Internet hedgehogs
Intersectional discourse
Late night chats
Nature walks
Urban design
Walkable cities

  • cats
  • dogs
  • books
  • dancing
  • cooking
  • beer
  • baking
  • yoga
  • partying
  • politics
  • traveling
  • hiking
  • backpacking
  • kayaking
  • history
  • psychology

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'm also currently building a collection of Young Adult fiction, which I frequently find to be better-written and more nuanced than many novels targeted at adults.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I love to cook, bake, and share food in general, so I'd be more than happy to whip up something tasty! Lately I've been learning more about Thai and Malaysian cooking and would love tips if you've got any. I also make a kick-ass soba noodle salad and pesto quinoa salad.

I can also teach you to cook basic dishes. Having been a student for too many years of my life, I'm pretty much an expert on meals that require five ingredients or fewer (basically perfect for anyone who wants to learn to cook).

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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