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▶ CURRENT MISSION
Finish this PhD, and then get back to travelling!
▶ ABOUT ME
Right now I spend my days thinking a lot about climate change, low-carbon energy, and sustainable behavior. I'm in the midst of yet another degree here at the university, which means I'll be kickin' it here in Edinburgh probably till the year's end. It just happens to be one of my favourite places anywhere, so you should definitely come for a visit!
I also live in a housing co-operative! It's amazing---check it out:
I'd say I'm generally easy-going, apparently spontaneous, extremely curious, and rather idealistic. Ice cream is a favorite of mine, and I'll seek it out wherever I go. Ice cream, and hot chocolate. I love long discussions---about anything. Let's talk!
Also, I laugh a lot. Really. It's been terrible for my brother, because now he's convinced he's hilarious (which he is, to me), but when I'm not around, I worry about his self-esteem.
(I also find that I use parentheses a lot when writing.)
"Be safe, but take lots of risks." (advice from a friend)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
It's a perfect way to help make the world a friendlier, more inviting place, and a great way to meet people from all over. Understanding is key to getting along!
I heap praise on CS, talking about it with everyone I meet when traveling (and not) -- and I've successfully brought several newcomers into the mix.
▶ COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE
Years and years ago I couchsurfed in Paris, and it was the best decision of the trip! Pascale was a wonderful host, and spending time with her and her friends made my time in France extraordinary.
In Prague, I was invited to dinner with two fellow couchsurfers, and it was a lively and entertaining evening that I didn't want to end.
Copenhagen...rocks! I almost couldn't tear myself away from my new friends, and now 6 years later, one of them has just had a baby(!) so I've got to go and visit soon!
Couchsurfed in Venice and Patras with some of the most hospitable and engaging people I've ever met.
I hosted for the first time (and 2nd, and 3rd) in Venice in June, 2011, and it was fantastic! Some absolutely hilarious and unforgettable experiences to be sure!
...and many, many more since then :)
✎ pen&paper (for drawing, writing, thinking)
bicycles (for moving, gettin' around)
time outside (for not being stuck inside all the time)
♧ trees (for climbin', lookin' at, sittin' under)
✌ people (for talking with, cooking with, going on adventures, ...)
✍ languages (I'm pretty bad with them, but love them just the same)
and of course, ice cream.
- make up
Music, Movies, and Books
A few random favorites from each:
Movies: Cool Hand Luke, Pride, Annie Hall, Brazil, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Breaking Away. Aaaand, Wes Anderson films. About Time might just be my favourite ever.
Books: The Phantom Tollbooth; many things by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (an Indianapolis native!); The Stranger, The Fall (perhaps in French some day); and Dracula, of course (if you haven't read it, do---it's scary as all get-out). Also, W.H. Auden. Currently reading: Richard Yates, Rachel Carson.
Poetry of all eras and sorts.
Music: Oscar Peterson (and other jazz), weird Swedish country pop, blues, classic rock, damn near anything with a banjo or fiddle (folky stuff---I love it), and lots of others .... I don't listen enough (although traveling for hours on long train rides has changed this), so am always asking friends for new suggestions to check out. Anyone I should add to my playlist?
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Brother, I've seen some
Teach, Learn, Share
There's so much to learn! I'm terribly interested in people's views of government and politics, religion, how our brains work, social issues, and all those other highly contentious subjects. But of course, they don't have to be contentious if we approach the dialogue with the intent to improve our own mind, and not to change others'.
Also, I need to learn more languages!
I was a neuroscience and physics major in college, so I can make up stuff about the brain or space that sounds real and important (although it's probably neither).
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Italy, United Kingdom, United States