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Never stop learning
I love meeting new people and learning about different countries and cultures. People fascinate me. Everyone has a story to tell. I've gotten along with pretty much everyone I have met while travelling, especially fellow CS-ers.
I'm always eager to try new things and have picked up many interests over the years: violin, yoga, hiking, snowboarding, I used to practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing. Buddhism is my new interest; the idea that we are all just human being with the same goal (seeking happiness and avoiding suffering) fascinates me.
I'm a tutor by trade but a violinist at heart. Since I am self-employed, I can set my own schedule... which usually means I am constantly working...but I love teaching, so I'm happy to do it.
I grew up in the USA and in Kenya. I've had the pleasure to spend a summer working in Germany and a summer studying in Vienna... love both of these places!
I really want to improve my German (I would love to be fluent one day). Also, after all the people I've met while traveling, I also want to learn Italian, French, Spanish, Arabic ...
"Once you stop learning, you start dying"
Step outside your comfort zone every once in a while.
Smile and the world smiles with you. Cheesy, but true (while traveling, all I do is smile when I have no idea what someone is saying to me)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I was a little hesitant when I heard about CS, but finally gave it a shot while working in Germany. LOVED IT! I have had the pleasure to meet amazing people during my travels. So much more rewarding than simply following guide books. I would not trade this experience for anything in the world!
When I moved back, I wasn't able to host people, but met with travelers and showed them around Boulder, even went on a road trip / camping trip through Southern Colorado.
*** Seattle has a phenomenal CS community. After moving to Seattle, these wonderful people made me feel at home immediately!
Traveling (naturally), learning about other cultures, hiking, snowboarding, playing the violin
Music, Movies, and Books
"A Song of Ice & Fire" series (The books that the TV show "Game of Thrones" is based on). LOVE THEM!
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I find nature amazing, so I'm always amazed by natural formations
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Austria, Germany, Kenya, United States