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Overview

  • 39 references 20 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Polish
  • 32, Female
  • Member since 2013
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Planning a trip to Cuba before 45 ruins it for the rest of us!

ABOUT ME

Originally from Tampa, Florida, I've spent the better part of the past five years overseas.

I've done a couple long-term solo trips in Europe and have spent several months at a time in different regions of sub-sahara 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 lived in Poland for about four years and visit as often as I can.

I’m currently living in Tampa and working for a travel company.

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

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Out of all my formative travel experiences, the best thing thus far has been finding a job that lets me keep my connection to Poland.

Teach, Learn, Share

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

I can understand minimal Polish and welcome any opportunity to practice, even though I am very shy to speak it.

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.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, 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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