Elizabeth Okumura

Havre de Grace, MD, United States

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  • B.A. in Asian Studies and International Business
  • From Columbus, Ohio
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About Me


Enjoy life by the bay!


Where to start... I'm from a big family, so I am all about the sharing.
I love to learn and hope that I'm an good teacher as well...
I have traveled quite a lot thanks to work and school, and am happy to be settling down for a few years in a quaint, historic city by Chesapeake Bay.
I have long felt at home living out of a suitcase; though as I've grown older, I increasingly appreciate the comfort of my own bed.
The past few years have been insane, so now I'm ready to slow things down for a little while and just enjoy where I am...


Why not?
I always try to keep an open mind, be respectful and courteous to others, and stay open to all the beautiful experiences the world has to offer :) and I've become quite a foodie, which gives me another way to enjoy every country (and city) I visit.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I've surfed once and greatly enjoy participating in local events. I'm usually up to meet for a drink if I'm not working, and once I get my bearings here, I will be happy to show visitors around :)


I surfed once in Bordeaux with a female college student. It was fun, she was awesome, and of course it greatly enhanced my experience in France by keeping a little more money in my pocket so I could take more day trips.


I like good food, wine, and thoughtful conversation. I also enjoy nature, board games, cheese, photography, writing, reading, theatre, dance and music (classic and contemporary), drawing, and kayaking, sailing (and all water sports really...)

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Titus, Frida, Pan's Labyrinth, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Fight Club, Lost in Translation (takes on a whole new meaning after moving to Tokyo)

Music: Flogging Molly, Adele, Jay-Z, Weezer, Muse, Josh Groban (depends on the mood I'm in)

Books: I love the Lord of the Ring trilogy and the Hobbit, Shanghai Girls (and other by Lisa See), The Good Women of China, and (gasp)Dan Brown books... If I feel super nerdy, I read history books...

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I got to watch monks in Tibet making sand mandalas and swim along side a sea turtle while scuba diving in the Red Sea. Probably the coolest things I ever imagined I would witness. But my dearest memory is a walk with my sister in the misty-rain somewhere in Glencoe, Scotland :)

Teach, Learn, Share

People are really suprising. Many times, when I think I've got a person, group, or culture down (understood), I find another layer. There is always more than meets the eye. The world is not doomed- there are still plenty of amazing people out there. We just can't all shine all the time ;)

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Saint Lucia, Spain, United Kingdom, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, Germany, Japan, United States

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