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US raised, I've been increasingly an avid world traveller since 2008. After being Berlin based for three months I'm back in the US until August.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I've met great friends and travelmates at CS Meetups.
When traveling to a new place I prefer to forgo the "must see" touristy places and discover the local flow. Couchsurfing is a fantastic way to truly to connect to the local people and culture rather than just be a tourist.
Comparative religion, Ethnobotany, Herbalism, Fermentation, Beverages of all kinds (especially homemade), Food of all kinds (once again - especially homemade/homegrown), Graphic design, Typeface, Sustainability, Ethical eating, Ethnic eating, Exploring different ideas of health, Anatomy, Street medicing, Yoga, Beekeeping, First aid skills, Bicycles, Sewing, Untold world history, Your ideas/interests when articulated intelligently
Music, Movies, and Books
Boredoms, Acid Mothers Temple, The Body, Beach Boys, OM / Sleep, Moondog, Yes, Grimes, Dan Deacon
Reply All, Mystery Show, Radiolab, Invisibilia, Start Up
COMICS / "GRAPHIC NOVELS"
Windsor McKay, Kramers Ergot Rot, Alison Bechdel (Fun Home, Dykes to Watch Out For), Grant Morrison (Doom Patrol), Peter Milligan (Shade the Changing Man), Jeff Smith (Bone), Will Eisner, Alan Moore
Herman Hesse (Siddhartha), Milan Kundera (Ignorance), Italo Calvino (Baron in the Trees, If On A Winters Night a Traveler), John Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath), Richard Brautigan (Trout Fishing In America)
Akira Kurosawa (Dreams, Kagemusha), Man On Wire, Mishima: A Life In Four Parts, Singing In the Rain
*Adult Swim Off Air, Steven Universe, Adventure Time, Bob's Burgers, Avatar, Evangelion Neon Genesis
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
*Hiking through the Tarkines (old growth rainforest) in Tasmania.
*Hitchhiking in Australia and Cambodia.
*Working at a bar in Cambodia for 10 days.
*Accidentally ending up inNew Orleans during Mardi Gras.
*Staying at a Buddhist monastery in Myanmar.
*Sharing many amazing meals with many amazing people.
Teach, Learn, Share
--- SHARING ---
*TAROT - I'm rarely without my Prismavision deck these days. I love giving longer custom readings.
*FERMENTATION - I working for almost 2 years at a kombucha brewery. I've also led workshops in making basic pickles and kombucha. I especially love making yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, and hot sauces.
*HERBAL MEDICINE MAKING / BASIC CONSULTATIONS I spent several years apprenticing for an American herbalist and worked at a herb shop for two years. I can teach you how to make lotion, salves, tinctures, and custom blended teas if you have the supplies. I have experience identifying wild plants commonly found in the northeast USA.
*BASIC YOGA: I am nearly finished with my 200 hour level training for teaching Viniyoga
*BASIC FIRST AID: I have completed an EMT-Basic (lowest level ambulance worker) course. I am involved in a street medic collective in Melbourne which uses first aid skills as a tool for social justice.
*MISC TEXTILES: I can teach you some basic stitches and techniques for altering clothing. I also can teach basic knitting and dyeing. I once led a workshop in how to dye yarn with kool-aid and still have the handout.
*COOKING: I love cooking! I volunteered on a farm in Thailand and learned some basic Thai recipes.
--- LEARNING ---
Wilderness survival skills, carpentry, cooking skills, local edible and medicinal plants, Spanish
What I Can Share with Hosts
*I've picked up quite a few recipes in my travels. I would love for you to taste one!
*Travel tips and weird stories.
*I'm one of those weird people who kind of likes doing dishes.
Countries I’ve Visited
Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, England, France, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Germany, United States