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IMPORTANT UPDATE and available hosting dates:
Well, an orthopedic emergency or two sort of put a damper on my evil kinevil plans this past week lol... nonetheless, it is what it is, bones heal, and I'm fortunate enough to live in the health care mecca of of USA. To make it easier on everyone though I wanted to list the dates I know I will be out of town for marathons, my own personal vaycay (mwahahaha like that'll ever happen without circus and/or a big exciting race), or whatever else being a hidden objective!.....
For March:I have a triathlon expo the 29th but it's in boston, so I'll be around. Plus I'm not allowed to do the time trial *sad face*.
Around the 31st of March I should be heading to my favorite home away from home- Lexington KY! I have to be there by the 1st to pick up my packet for racing on the second. It will be a day or two of enjoying the fresh southern air (aka, relearning how to make my legs work) then back to Boston likely around the 4th or 5th.
For April: there is a friend coming from the south to run Boston with me this year so while I'm inclined to give her first dibs on choice of beds if she is okay with it I'm sure we can fit one or two more. Or we could just start planning now for some crazy fun pre and post race partays!
Again, I have the run the bluegrass half on the second, the BAA tk , boston marathon and affiliated events starting the 15th. The 29th and 30th of April I will be making a very VERY quick trip to New Jersey as its about time I bring home bling from that state! I also will be a sweep boat (as per usual) for the Run of the Charles canoe and kayak race again this year!
I leave on the 17th of May and return (maybe with another 4 legged angel in the form of a horse?) And then will be doing a local race, the run to remember, the week of the 28th at my home base in Boston.
June does not hold much for travel yet, but the BAA 10k is the 26th.
July so far holds nothing, except a potentially good date for that shoulder surgery right now.
August, the month of dreams. The wind beneath my wings. Yes I am going back to Iceland! My second home!
Sept ber 28th is the Navy AF half so I will be gone for that too.
October brings the BAA half on the 9th and th e iron horse half in mideay, KY on the 16th.
A trip to germany, oslo, and a few other places is being debated as I type this. If I can help for even a night happy to do so
If I can help for more even better!
To meet as many people as possible, from many different cultures, and have a kick-ass time doing it :)
I love to host, and finally live where I can host! AND CLOSE TO THE BOSTON FINISH LINE! I live alone, although there are multiple rooms, its rather quite large. Im less than a 5 min walk to the green line, 57, and 66 bus lines. About 3-10 minutes walk to the B, C, or D subway lines, about 4 minutes to the 65 bus route, also close to 86, 64, 70, and 71. Right on the brookline/allston line. If you have a car there are parking lots right down the street you can park in overnight with VERY reasonable rates, its about a 10 to 13 minute walk to those. There is TONS to do around my area and I'm happy to show you around as my schedule allows. There are also several markets and other stores within walking distance. There is one flight of stairs you will have to walk up at my place.
I grew up all over since my dad was in the Army and I took the Navy path until a shoulder injury interrupted what I had planned to be a life-long career in the military. Have lived in SoCal, Hawaii, Texas, Florida... basically, all nice warm tropical(-ish) places! Then something possessed me to apply to grad school in extremely cold climates. Ended up moving to Boston to start grad school, and it's definitely a toss up between here, NYC, Philly, and Seattle as to which one gets my vote for my favorite city ever :)
I love collecting and learning about wine, or going out for a (gluten free) drink, making new friends, karaoke, and finding cool new hangout spots. I love to show others around and share some of my favorite places too... I take pleasure in the simple things, like laying on the grass cloudwatching, going for long strolls, sitting and people watching, etc. I am totally in love with the gym and with water, I cannot get enough of the beach or swimming, even in the middle of the winter! Yes, I have actually gone in the ocean while it was SNOWING.
Oh, and im skilled in many different disciplines of circus arts, even have my own equipment at home and would be more than willing to introduce you to the most addictive drug ever: circus. I also have a yoga room you can use, and can introduce you to the acro-yoga community in Boston as well!
Rule #42: life's too short to take yourself too seriously.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
To me, it's not about giving or getting a free place to stay. It's about learning and sharing. I love to learn about new things- that can be learning about new cultures, new food, new drinks, new places to go that I always walk by without even realizing it, or learning something like a new hobby or how to say a few basic phrases in a new language. I love to share as well... I can share cool things to do and see around Boston, how to do circus-y stuff, whatever your adventure level is up to! I love to run triathlons and the occassional marathon as well as ride and train horses (I train dogs too) and can share tons of tips, resources, training gear, etc around those things. I can even take you horseback riding if you wanted to go! Ever wanted to fly through the air with the greatest of ease? Outdoor flying trapeze sessions start in May and run through October, so I'd love to take you there with me for you to try it yourself- we can teach you at least one or two tricks your first time! I have very basic knitting skills that I can teach you, am a blackbelt in karate and can show you things there, or can simply be a partner in crime, a companion out to a pub or poolhall, a friend to go snowboarding with in the winter, etc!
I've hosted many people in and around Los Angeles, California. I've surfed a few places in Colorado, Texas, Massachusetts, New York, and Utah just to name a few. Have hosted a handful of people in my place in Boston as well, and am always up for meeting up to hang out, grab a drink, sight see, or just go off on some random adventure to who knows where!
Learning new things, meeting new people, and just having a great time!
Music, Movies, and Books
I love to read textbooks and research articles- if I can learn, I dig it. There's a bookstore in Rockport, MA that I love to visit that sells used books and is where I've found such treasures such as an autographed Rollo May book, most of my Jung collection, etc (I'm big on psychology, as well as anything to do with the brain).
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Black water rafting in New Zealand was AMAZING.
Road tripping to Colorado, and back country camping in Zion along the way.
Taking random, spontaneous trips to other places- my first time out in Boston was when I found last minute tickets for less than $150 round trip after taxes and couldn't let the opportunity pass me by... so I got them, and fell in love with the city my first time here.
Staying up all night out on the streets with a bum community, just to have the experience, and telling stories around a trash can fire with them.
Performing aerial hoop in multiple countries, so far my favorite being Iceland.
Getting to see the northern lights while dogsled mushing.
Exploring lava tube caves.
Cliff jumping off a waterfall.
Living life to it's fullest, and one million percent believing it is better to buy experiences than it is to buy possessions.
Teach, Learn, Share
I'm always willing to loan my bike if you need one to get around... and I'm willing to teach you whatever I can if I know anything about it/how to do it. I can teach karate, yoga poses, various circus aparatus, some stuff about neuroscience, some cool places to grab a drink, and I have basic knitting skills and can teach you that too.
Also can teach you some recipes and offer some potentially new foods you might not have tried before! The fine print: I do have a severe nut allergy- I am fine with almonds, pistachios, and coconuts! Peanuts I am allergic to even just airborne particles, so for my safety NO PEANUT PRODUCTS MAY BE BROUGHT IN THE HOUSE. I also have celiac disease and a bunch of other random allergies. If you like soy milk in your coffee in the mornings, you're welcome to get your own and use my espresso or coffee machines, but I'd rather you leave the gluten-containing and peanut-containing products elsewhere! I don't eat meat, but do sometimes have a little bit of honey and greek or Icelandic yogurt, so I'm not totally vegan, but if you eat meat, I'm okay with that (my body can't digest the meat proteins but I'm not against others eating meat) I have a fairly sporadic schedule too, since I teach fitness classes and do circus, I'm usually up early to either teach a class or go out on a run, you're always welcome to come along if you wish, or stay behind and sleep in.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Lots of laughs, some drinks, and definitely a GREAT time!
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, France, Greenland, Iceland, Mexico, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In