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I work most of the year on old sailing ships, and I travel in the off-season. I love good stories, fancy drinks, ancient history, and street performers, especially violinists and fire dancers. I know a lot about pirate history, Shakespeare, and Florentine street art. I love adventure books, I draw comics, and I take a lot of photos of street art. I travel light, laugh easily, and really like trying new food. And in fifth grade I learned how to throw a javelin, so that's cool maybe.
It's the low season in New England for sailing right now, and so I came to Rome to study Italian. Now I'm traveling a little bit in the last two weeks before the season begins.
Philosophy - Choose joy.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
To see the world and meet great people! It's more fun to know a city through the people who live there.
A few things to know:
Mutual respect is extremely important to me
I am a very independent guest; although I really enjoy spending time with my hosts, I don't need a babysitter
I am very flexible, and I am difficult to upset
I always clean up after myself, and I'm happy to help around the house as much as I can; I don't ever want my presence to be a headache!
I've only worked on schooners so far, but my dream is to work on a square-rigger, and eventually to cross the Atlantic on a tall ship! And maybe in the future to become a captain myself.
Music, Movies, and Books
Terry Pratchett, Christopher Moore, Neil Gaiman, Dorothy Dunnett, Scott Lynch, Carl Hiassen, Maggie Stiefvater, Jade E. Lomax. In general a lot of fantasy and historical fiction. If it has swords and/or dragons, I'm probably into it.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Postmodern Jukebox, Neko Case, The Mountain Goats, Caro Emerald, Dessa, Of Monsters and Men, Elephant Revival, Bastille, Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy. A lot of classic rock, electric swing, and indie.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, The Road to El Dorado, The Fall, Treasure Planet.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
This last November I sailed almost 2000 miles from Maine to Antigua on a 50ft schooner with three other crew members. It was my first deepwater passage, and there were one or two squalls in which I was certain we were all going to die, but it was hands-down the most amazing thing I've ever done.
Teach, Learn, Share
I know a decent amount about Florence and Rome if you're visiting for a few days and want some pointers; I worked in a Florentine hostel last winter and I've spent a lot of time in Rome.
I make amazing chocolate chip cookies, chicken enchiladas, and green curry!
I know a bunch of sea shanties, I have some good stories, I know a lot of Cool Pirate Facts, and I can probably write you a sonnet if you give me half an hour. It won't be a very good sonnet, but goddamn will the iambic pentameter be flawless.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Paintings, sea shanties, and some stories - like the time my schooner was followed by pirates in the Caribbean.
Countries I’ve Visited
Antigua and Barbuda, Belgium, Bermuda, Cambodia, Canada, Denmark, England, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Virgin Islands, U.S.
Countries I’ve Lived In
Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, United States