Michelle Surowiec

Oakland, California, United States

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  • Learning, always
  • Graduated UCLA with focuses Geography and Art History
  • From Oakland, California
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About Me


Laissez les Bon temps rouler!


A traveler. A chatter. A happa. A Californian. A music maker, photo taker, dancer to a good beat. An eager listener of stories. A lover of people, all kinds. A biker and walker. A reader. A gardener. A puppy dog enthusiast. A yoga do-er. A connoisseur of the noble potato chip (sea salt).


Balance- too much of anything is a bad thing.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I live in a share house of 7 people with no couch to speak of, so I am still only a surfer. But one day I will have the comfiest couch, or tent, or camper, to pay it back.


I've met amazing people in Oregon, Washington, New Zealand and Ecuador through this site. I think it's one of the best parts of the internet.


It's probably easier to say what I'm not interested in- cruelty, bigotry, willful ignorance, hate and apathy. Everything else is all gravy.

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: Punch Brothers, Radiohead, Bjork, Prince, Jackson 5, Gustavo Dudamel, Steve Reich and Philip Glass, Bon Iver, St. Vincent, Tune Yards, Colin Stetson, Nirvana, Gillian Welch, Preservation Hall, to name a few. I love that I get to spend the rest of my life discovering new music to inspire me!
Movies: Princess Mononoke, Koyanisquaatsi, Once Upon A Time In the West, The Third Man, Wes Anderson films, The Bourne Movies, Her
Books: LOTR, Lolita, Invisible Man, Angle of Repose, Wind Up Bird Chronicle, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, East of Eden, Gilead, Guns Germs and Steel, Collapse, The Future Eaters, The Little Prince, The Phantom Tollbooth, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I've met Fidel Castro... That's a good story.

Teach, Learn, Share

I'm a decent cook, and can probably find you a new band or book to get excited about! Yoga for injuries you might have?

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Austria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, United States

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