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Visiting my friend in SLC
I recently resigned from my wonderful job at TAMU-Qatar where I tutored, taught English and edited. I lived here in the MENA region for the last 3 years and spent the last 4.5 months in Cairo (Mohandissen in Giza). I am headed home for good now, to Seattle, and on the way I am visiting friends, family and old stomping grounds. SLC is home of a friend and an old stomping ground and I loook forward to getting a chance to really explore the city this trip. I haven't been there for nearly 30 years. I am 46 years old.
I don't need a couch for every night of my visit, I am grateful for is offered. I plan to rent a car, go to comedy clubs and tourist things and a REAL AMERICAN STARBUCKS! (Fellow travelers know why I am looking forward to the familiar) I think SLC is going to be a great place to eat and I plan on eating as much as possible-don't worry, I won't raid your fridge.
I love to travel and will be traveling in the next weeks from Cairo to Jordan, Chicago, SLC, NYC and Seattle.
So many books, so little time. (that is what first comes to mind)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I am in transit now, and not sure what all my life will bring in the future. I hope I can offer a couch or a cuppa. I have done the coffee thing with a couchsurfer in the last couple of years.
I met a friend in Qatar for coffee a few times and enjoy his company. It was a good experience. I like learning about other places, culture and ideas. He is from Syria, so that has grown from a interesting experience to making yet another world incident much more personal and real to me. Traveling does that. You can never look at the world or the news with the same eyes after you have seen war and 3rd word conditions and even just the traffic jams in Tahrir while SCAF was in charge.
I love to bake, cook, read, look at the world around me, shop in a souk, check out the local market(yes, I like to shop for groceries in foreign countries, I know I am totally whacked). I am working on a book about my experience living in the MENA region, the people, places and ideas I have learned about. The attitudes. That interests me.
Music, Movies, and Books
I don't want to hurt the feelings of any book by stating that another is my favorite! I love mystery, suspense, religion (of all kinds), and I read cookbooks like some people read novels. I was told by someone that it my cookbook addiction was "food porn".
Movies: True Lies, Dirty Dancing,Mama Mia! PS I LOVE YOU, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Anything with Cary Grant, Audrey or Katherine Hepburn or Jimmy Stewart (sigh, I love Jimmy Stewart!)
I enjoy music and can sing along with a lot from the 70's onward. Pop, rock, country and alternative. Don't know the artists much, can't carry a tune, but I have enjoyed music from most genres (hard, angry rock, not so much). I like the 80s and remember them especially fondly
Basically, I like music if you don't turn it up too loud:) I rather like the quiet or the sounds of the world around me. I wake up for prayer call and birds.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Most amazing thing on a trip was a cruise I took from Hawaii to Mexico. Halfway home, in the middle of nowhere (ok, it was the middle of the Pacific Ocean, but that is the most direction I can give you) we were surrounded by an ENORMOUS pod/school of dolphins. They surrounded the ship for about 10 minutes or more, just doing their little tricks, it looked like they came out to give us a show-thousands(?) or at least hundreds of them. And it lasted for a long time. NO ONE could ever plan an itinerary with that, and it was my most amazing travel experience. Much better than the luau!!
Teach, Learn, Share
I am an English language tutor, I cook, I write and I can explain weird idioms in the English language. I can tell you about living in the Mddle East, my visit to Makkah and Medina(only Muslims are allowed so most here will never see them) and what it is like living in Egypt during elections, transition, and movie protests. I can listen patiently to all of your stories and you don't need to have traveled, I just like hearing about lives and families. People are interesting-wherever they are and wherever they have been.