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Lorraine Sanchez

Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

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Overview

  • 118 Positive References2 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning Dutch
  • 113, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Owner of my own greeting card company
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  • From here and there -mostly sunshine raised in California-
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

tiny towns, beautiful accents, strange foods, history, strangers, footprints, discovery

ABOUT ME

A little introverted but not boring. Endlessly curious and open-minded. Realistic but hiding dreams in my pocket. I'm learning how to accept that I'm a grown up now and behave ( because sometimes I forget ) Also - I make really bad jokes, and I'm literal - this gets me into trouble all the time - you've been warned!

My dream is to scatter little bits of myself everywhere. Leave foot prints on every unmarked path, and follow great leaders- as well as make them follow me :) I love the unknown, the unconventional, and trying to live a life that I can be proud of. I'm learning how to be true to myself at all costs, and make my dreams come true.

I'm often accused of being not mature enough, or scolded for not taking things more seriously. Some see this as a flaw and others love me for it. I just don't see the point in getting all stressed out... it's only life.

PHILOSOPHY

I just don't see the point in getting all stressed out... it's only life.- Lorraine Sanchez :D

Dream as if you will live forever. Live as if you will die today. ---James Dean

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." -- St. Augustine

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." -- Lao Tzu

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Roosevelt, Eleanor

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I was the Ambassador for Den Haag, and Rotterdam - later became a travelling Ambassador. Once the changes in CS took place - everything changed so I'm not sure what I am anymore :D
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I participate with meetings (both attending and organizing). I surf when possible- I prefer to see the city I'm visiting through the eyes of the people). I host when I have the time to truly make my home inviting and give attention. I use to moderate a few CS groups. I welcome new group members, and CS members when they join CS. In day to day life I promote CS whenever I meet new people, and answer questions. I also respond to many emails to : assisting people find a host, advice on the city, and meeting up to give a tour, etc.
I have also organized meetings during the famous Sinterklaas celebration in Rotterdam two years in a row- 2008,2009. As well as little normal meetings to get people together here and there.

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COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

CouchSurfing has changed my life. It helps me to see the world, and have truly unique experiences with every CSer I meet. It also gives me the chance to give back to the world- one CS person at a time.

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Interests

Finding new ways to perfect my nerdness.
* My love/obsession for spicy foods ..if it doesn't hurt.. Why it eat it? * Secret Missions * playdough! * the way a new pack of crayons smells * eccentricities * drinking out of the pickle juice jar* staying up past my bed time and then drinking tons of coffee and staying up for days (REPEAT) * Finding hole in the wall books stores with books that have the secrets of life written in the margins * Playing hide and seek with fire flies * Taking photographs of people, places, and things that no one else seems to notice * The moon. isn't it the most beautiful thing in the world? * Dark, mysterious, calm rain storms.. And silly shaped clouds- getting caught in the rain-kissing in the rain * PLaying xbox 360 especially Guitar Hero II and Rockband * Cookie Dough.... * Movies that make me feel like I can be a better person. * Aquariums. * Feeding the hungry, taking from the rich giving to the poor, being a friend to those who have none * Finding the beautiful in the ugly * Reading and writing poetry (and thinking mine is better) * Totally useless facts that don't mean anything, and sharing them with anyone that will listen * Finding random silly treasures like other people's trash *plants..forests...being outside * Travel, people with accents, tiny towns that aren't on the map, unplanned road trips and sleeping in my car * Trying everything and anything at least once.. maybe twice*
the human condition, art, making love stay, learning more how to cook and how we really are what we eat, staying in bed as long as possible(when it's cold), finding a way to stop being cold, fire-places, knee socks, puppies,wine, and above all I'm interested in time travel, and teleporting myself into your living room. oh and I totally believe in ghosts, heebee geebie stuff, supernatural shit. :)

Music, Movies & Books

Yus, Wild Belle, Float Fall, Daughter, Electric Guest, Little Dragon, Local Natives, Alex Winston, Pearl and the Beard ( this list changes monthly)

MOVIES: You, me, and everyone we know, Secretary, Amelie, Big Fish, Garden State,Punch-Drunk Love, Fight Club, Spirited Away,Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,Benny and Joon,My Fair Lady, What Dreams May Come, Lost in Translation,Before Sunrise, Little Miss Sunshine, American beauty, Everything is illuminated

One Amazing Thing I've Done

The other day I was walking in Den Haag with a friend. I was in my own little world.. Then suddenly there was this guy walking very slowly, and in my way. I remember having to walk into the street to go around him, and being slightly annoyed. Why couldn't he just share the sidewalk? Well it turns out he was blind..
He must have heard me walking by.. because he called out and asked me if I knew where the tram was. I told him yes.. he asked if I would walk him. So I did.. we walked about 10 mins.. and I held his hand. He even sang to me.. it was.. one of the most amazing walks of my life. It touched me because.. it reminded me that there is still hope in the world, that people can trust, that people need other people, and that you can have such a strong connection with someone you don't even know.. someone you can't look at. All you have to go on.. is the human touch. ANyway.. yeah. For me.. things like that.. are amazing.

Teach, Learn, Share

Teaching- sometimes you have to be the student.. the best ones? children. they know everything.

Learning- everything surprises me..and not a day goes by that I don't learn something knew..

Sharing- I hope that everyone I meet shares a little piece of themselves with me..

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Mexico, Slovakia, Sweden

Countries I've Lived In

Netherlands, United States

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