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Overview

  • 37 References 20 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Polish
  • 28, Female
  • Member since 2013
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Trying to decide on where to settle down in the US for now!

ABOUT ME

Originally from Tampa, Florida, I've spent the better part of the past five years overseas. I'm getting ready to go home for a while to figure out where I want to be next.

I've done a couple long-term solo trips in Europe and have spent several months at a time in different regions of sub-saharan Africa. Though I am a very independent traveler, I believe the best experiences in life are shared with others. I'm still good friends with people I've met while traveling and really value keeping in touch.

I spent this past summer in Lviv and am keen to get back to Ukraine to explore a bit more. I'm also planning a trip to minsk.

PHILOSOPHY

"Difference is normal"- advice given by my Intercultural Communication professor my last semester of undergrad.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing is something I hold very close to my heart, as this community has been there for me since day one of my solo travel. We have each other's backs here.

I must admit that I'm quickly becoming very disillusioned about how commercialized CS has become. This has led to me slowing down on the amount that I host or surf, as I screen people very thoroughly beforehand.

While traveling, I try to make an effort to spend time with my host and get to know them and their cities.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Couchsurfing has been a great way to meet people when moving to a new city.

Interests

coffee, culture, photography, food, shopping, language, hiking, history, geography

Oh, and I'm quite proud of my Christmas ornament collection. I like to pick one up from every place I visit.

  • pets
  • womens rights
  • coffee
  • politics
  • volunteer work
  • hiking
  • history
  • historic sites
  • feminism
  • world history
  • unesco
  • unesco world heritage sites

Music, Movies, and Books

Really cheesy pop music, horror films, and history books!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

My "favorite" experience constantly changes, but I'm currently still hung up on when a lemur tried to eat my hair at a monkey reserve in South Africa.

Teach, Learn, Share

I love talking about travel and giving travel advice whenever I can.

I'm learning Polish, though very elementary at the moment.

What I Can Share with Hosts

My best couchsurfing experiences have been the ones where we just click and genuinely enjoy hanging out.

I LOVE history and geography, so I could talk about those subjects for ages and am very interested in learning something new about your country. After studying WWII in both the US and Poland, I've realized how political education is and appreciate hearing other perspectives on historical events.

If you collect some kind of postcard, magnet, or any little tchotski please don't hesitate to let me know and I'll bring one for you! I collect Christmas ornaments, so I totally get it!

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Botswana, Poland, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States

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