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Summertime is when I thrive and you'll get my best side if you stay between the months of December and February! This is also when my sweet 7-piece funk band will be playing Aotearoa's festivals so you're guaranteed a party :) I have a great great bunch of friends who are some of the most open, warm and onto-it people I've ever met - and they're bound to become your mates too. I live in Island Bay with my boy Paddy and his Dad Joe. Paddy's a guitarist and Joe is an Art Director for film and for the stage. Although this is great for anyone staying with us it also means our couch isn't always available - it depends on whether friends from around this country are already occupying it.
Island Bay is a lovely little beach community on Wellington's South Coast. The views to the South Island can be absolutely breathtaking and for me it's the perfect distance from town (20 minutes by bus) - enough so that getting home after work really feels like getting home and away from the city!
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Nelson Mandela
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Up until very recently I haven't been able to host anybody but now I can finally begin repaying the couch karma we racked up on our travels last year!!
Amazing. Absolutely amazing. We were truly blessed with the people we stayed with, in EVERY country we visited. Couchsurfing is the only way I'll travel.
Reading, Frisbee, Writing, Dancing, Singing, Guitar, Painting, Swimming, Baking, Jogging, Photography, Music, Festivals, Sunbathing, Spoons, Food, Radio Production and Documentary Making...
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: The Aviators, Little Bushman, Liz Wright, Otis Redding, Nina Simone, Ben Harper, Cream, Adele, Betty Davies, Amy Winehouse, Aretha, Cat Power, Che Fu, Supergroove, Eva Cassidy, Fat Freddy's, Age Pryor, The Fugees, The Harbour City Electric, Ginger Brown, KORA, Jeff Buckley, James Brown, Johnny Cash, Shapeshifter, Sola Rosa, Stevie Wonder, Fly my Pretties, Gillian Welch, Module, Olmecha Supreme, PRINCE, Ragamuffin Children, Ray Charles, Sa-Ra... LOVING Radio New Zealand Podcasts on my ipod, for that inevitable bus ride when you realise you're sick of all your music.
Movies: Anything that makes me laugh/think/cry. There are many and frankly i can't be bothered listing them!
Books: 100 Years of Solitude, Love in the time of Cholera, Poetry by Pablo Neruda, Life of Pi, Celestine Prophecy, Brother Ray, Stephen King, Dostoevsky, The book of animal ignorance!, The incident of the dog in the night time, Harry Wakatipu, the Red Tent, anything by the Bronte girls, Charles Dickens and Erica Jong, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, ... oh goodness it's all too hard.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Found Jack Black and Kyle Gass on the street and towed them back to my house for hours of smoke, songs and pasta! Fab :)
Teach, Learn, Share
I can tell you all about SWEET and relatively untouched places in NZ to visit! I've spent much of my life backpacking round my own country and i know some amaaaaazing spots. I can also tell you a lot about what bands can be missed and what bands HAVE to be seen. My boyfriend can teach you guitar :)
Countries I’ve Visited
France, Laos, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In