Michelle Fones's Photo

Unverified Profile

  • Payment not verified
  • Phone not verified
  • Government ID not verified
  • Address not verified

Accepting Guests

  • 70% response rate
  • Last login about 11 hours ago

Join Couchsurfing to see Michelle’s full profile. It’s free!

Overview

  • 36 References 19 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Polish
  • 28, Female
  • Member since 2013
  • Student
  • No education listed
  • From Tampa, FL, USA
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Adjusting to life in the DC metro area.

ABOUT ME

Originally from Tampa, Florida, I've spent the past few years overseas. Most of that time was spent in Warsaw, Poland. I recently relocated to Washington, DC. I'm really happy here so far.

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 may be spending a few weeks in Ukraine in summer 2017. I've only been to Kiev once, and just for a weekend, so I'm looking forward to possibly getting to know the country and culture of Ukraine better. During that trip I also plan to visit Minsk for the first time and to catch up with some friends in Warsaw.

PHILOSOPHY

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

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I'm hosting in DC now, but ONLY to solo female travelers or couples. If you send me a generic request for you and your five buddies, I will automatically respond "no". I will not host you if you have a blank profile. I understand that everyone starts somewhere, and may not have tons of references, but putting some thought into your profile shows me that you are genuinely interested in the community and not just looking for a crash pad. This is a big city and I get lots of requests, so I'll know you've read my profile when you include the word: "elephant."

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

Writing this here as its at the top of the profile: *******THIS IS NOT A DATING SITE. ANY MESSAGES OF THAT SORT WILL BE REPORTED AS IT RUINS THE TRUE SPIRIT OF COUCHSURFING*****

Now that that's taken care of....

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
  • coffee
  • politics
  • hiking
  • history
  • historic sites
  • slavic culture

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. I need to pick up a couple Ukrainian and Russian phrases as well!

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, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Botswana, Poland, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States

Old School Badges

  • Vouches 9a938eb8eddceeeb3ee4276e3d530a48c5fcca7895c8f13b8b23592736f3d037
    2 Vouches

Join Couchsurfing to see Michelle’s full profile. It’s free!

My Groups