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Katherine Murrin

Long Beach, CA, USA

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Overview

  • 101 Positive References3 Neutral
  • Ambassador
  • Fluent in English; learning Norwegian, Spanish
  • 35, Female
  • Member since 2006
  • International Student Coordinator at...
  • BAs in Spanish and Communications, M...
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Settling down after a decade of an international life

ABOUT ME

I have been on CS for nearly a decade now. Wow, so many memories, and time does indeed fly. I was at one point an ambassador and lifestyle couchsurfer, in the sense that the movement and culture of couchsurfing was heavily interwoven into my life. As someone who had spent a considerable amount of time abroad and experienced difficulty connecting with people in my home country about my experiences, couchsurfing had been a god send. Not to mention the fact that I have always been a little quirky, and let's face it couchsurfing is a little quirky. I am not as active as I once was, mainly because of some disappointments I have had with the direction of the project. Nonetheless, I think it is still a wonderful idea and I still connect with some wonderful people on the site.

I work as an international student coordinator at Long Beach City College, and I am always happy to answer questions to prospective students. I have also presented couchsurfing at an international education conference with fellow CSers. I have also wrote an article about couchsurfing for International Student Voice Magazine: http://www.isvmag.com/08/08/guide-couchsurfing/7114

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PHILOSOPHY

"If I had my life to live again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner." -Tallulah Bankhead

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I have done my share of involvement with cs from hosting/surfing, attending and organizing gatherings. Now I am hoping to bridge CS into the field of international education.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

My first couchsurfing experience was when I was living in Scandinavia where I had the brilliant idea of seeing Depeche Mode in Helsinki, Finland. It has been bliss ever since and I have surfed couches in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, as well as in my home turf. Now there have been just so many experiences.

Interests

living a nomadic existence, traveling and lots of it, analog photography and cheap plastic cameras, a charming man named Steven Patrick Morrissey, 80s punk and new wave icons, foreign and independent film, scrabble, books, intelligent and non-intelligent conversations, sleeping, cafes, wandering and getting lost and then finding my way again, meeting intriguing and mysterious people, writing about absolute nonsense, international history and politics, being an expat

Music, Movies & Books

Music: Well obviously The Smiths and Morrissey, whose music continues to be the soundtrack to my life. Siouxsie and the Banshees, Marc Almond/Soft Cell, Joy Division/New Order, Sisters of Mercy, Depeche Mode, The Cure, The Dresden Dolls, Ladytron, Peaches, Goldfrapp, The Ramones, Sex Pistols, Dead Kennedys, X, The Clash and many more artists on my itunes list, but obviously I have a thing for synth/electro/ebm, 80s goth/new wave/punk/ and some stuff in between.

Movies: Not a huge fan of mainstream films. I tend to deviate more towards foreign, indie, and documentaries. Anything by Pedro Almodovar, The Spanish Apartment, Metal: A Headbangers Journey, Monsiour Ibrahim, Goodbye Lenin. I just like film and I am a bit of a netflix addict.

Television: I rarely watch T.V., but sweetie dahling, it's all about Absolutely Fabulous, Dexter, Six Feet Under, Sex and the City, Strangers with Candy, The L Word.

Books: I have a thing for reading about sociology, class divisions and cultures. But I have enjoyed and been inspired by the following: Tainted Life and In Search of the Pleasure Palace by Marc Almond (yes the 'Tainted Love' guy can really write, A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby, Love in the Time of Cholera by Marquez, Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins, Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland, and Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire. And the list can easily go on...

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Living abroad as a student in Madrid and working in Oslo.

Seeing the wonders of the world: Angkor Wat, Taj, Ancient Rome, and Greece, Eiffel Tower, Sagrada Familia, Tikal and the likes.

And I have to say the two months I spent in India was pretty damn amazing, from being an extra on a Bollywood film set, volunteering with Tibetan refugees, doing yoga, and just witnessing daily the will that people and animals have to live.

Teach, Learn, Share

The biggest thing I have learned from traveling is questioning my own American socialization.

In terms of couchsurfing, I have learned that it is a way of bringing cultures together and that most people on here are great people and much of the fear of connecting or staying with strangers is unwarranted. Nonetheless, I still think it is important to still keep you guard up and trust your instincts. It is also important to leave a detailed reference about the nature of the relationship with people you have met or couchsurfed with or hosted. Also, avoid presumptuous statements i.e. "seems like" even if they are positive, because this could lead to false security for others to make an informed decision about meeting this person. If you did not get a chance to really get to know someone you met for coffee or at a gathering, then it is best to leave the reference blank until you do get to know that person better. I have only recently been changing this after a discussion with other CSers about safety, where I have had to re-evaluate how I leave references.

Oh and If I do leave a reference that says 'positive' or 'neutral' or not one at all, it is nothing personal. It just had to do with where I am regarding how much time I have actually spent getting to know you.

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Countries I've Visited

Bahamas, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Korea, Republic of, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saint Lucia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Korea, Republic of, Norway, Spain, United States

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