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Overview

  • 38 references 20 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Polish
  • 32, Female
  • Member since 2013
  • Travel Agent
  • University of Warsaw, University of South Florida
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Catching up with friends, meeting new people, and taking some time to relax before starting a new job in October 2021.

ABOUT ME

Originally from Tampa, Florida, I spent most of my twenties 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 have also previously lived in London, England, Kampala, Uganda, and Gaborone, Botswana.

I'm currently living in Tampa but will be relocating to Chicago later in 2021.

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. I was also off of this site for over a year as I was reluctant to pay the new annual fee, however it feels great to have access to my profile again.

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

The best thing I've ever done was board a plane to Kampala two weeks after graduating from undergrad. It was the start of something beautiful.

Teach, Learn, Share

I love talking about travel and giving travel advice whenever I can. It's my job to plan trips, though this has looked a bit differently during Covid! I'm also a volunteer with a couple organizations in Tampa.

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, Belarus, 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, Peru, 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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