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"I want real human moments. I want to see you. I want you to see me. I don't want to give that up. I don't want to be an ant."
I have been a part of Couchsurfing for many years now and it has shaped my life in many ways.
The tight knit community in Austin, TX showed me how beautiful my home state can be right when I was about to run away with only condemnation in my heart.
The fun and open community in NYC provided me with amazing friends from Day 1 when I picked up everything and moved there on a whim.
And it continues to provide me with friends in every corner of the world. I travel by myself for months at a time, but I am never really alone when I'm Couchsurfing and that is so important :)
"Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you've got about a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies- God damn it, you've got to be kind."
"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!'"
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I love hosting and I love surfing! But the most difficult thing about Couchsurfing is saying goodbye to new friends after just a few short days. Every person whom I spend a certain amount of time with stays with me.
Live theater, sitting on the top of double-decker buses, walking for hours, standing at the bow of ships, and scotch.
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: Beatles, Bob Dylan, Boy & Bear, Temper Trap, Angus and Julia Stone, Phoenix, Modest Mouse, Pink Floyd, Simon and Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, LCD Soundsystem, M83, Gotye, Tune-yards, St. Vincent
Movies: Almost Famous, Waking Life, Billy Elliot, It's a Wonderful Life, Trainspotting, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Angela's Ashes, Boondock Saints, Anything by Mel Brooks, Anything by Monty Python, To Kill a Mockingbird
TV shows: MASH, Doctor Who, X-Files, Scrubs, Pushing Daisies, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Robot Chicken, Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire
Books: Anything by Ray Bradbury, Lord of the Flies, Shakespeare in general, The Giver, Ender's Game, Catcher in the Rye, Night, What is the What?, Killing Yourself to Live, Slaughterhouse-Five, Lamb
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
In 2005 I traveled with my 90-year-old grandfather back to his hometown of Belcastro, Italy. He hadn't seen it since he left for America at the age of 12 and never thought he would again. The look in his eyes was the most amazing thing I've ever seen.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Macao, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Saint Martin (French part), Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Argentina, United States