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To meet people anywhere I may go
Though I'm fairly certain I'll die a New Yorker, having spent most of my life here, I was born a restless traveler, since my Dad's job involved many leave of absences and getting used to living in new places for short periods of time. Being an assistant teacher for three years during my early 20s allowed me much vacation time to travel on the cheap, and I have fun almost anywhere (even places my friends all trash, like Omaha and Cleveland!) I've gotten to love traveling alone because I can go at my own pace; as a non-driver (both out of fear and because NYC doesn't require driving) I enjoy long Greyhound rides where I can just crank my iPod and check out the scenery. But of course I love meeting new people, which can be hard while traveling in the US because hostels are in such short supply and often sparse/dead unlike in Europe. So I am ready to try out the new and exciting world of couch surfing! I think most people will tell you I can get along with virtually everyone, from the "your frying pan is on MY shelf" prisses to the "what? I don't even smell the heaping trash can odor" slobs. I've lived with plenty of roommates in between those two extremes, I've been lectured for leaving a jar of cough syrup on the kitchen table for five minutes by some people, while others have woken me up at 4 AM while enjoying a loud, drunken after-hours breakfast. And I've liked all of them! So I think you'll find me pretty easygoing.
Places I've been: China, Thailand, Cambodia, Sweden, Russia, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Scotland, England, Ireland, Germany, Israel, Poland, Spain, Italy, Sicily, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and, lastly, both North and South Dakota).
Life before sleep
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Have stayed with one CouchSurfer in Athens and had a blast with both her and her friends.
Rock music, PBR, different ways to prepare cabbage, chicken and beets, movie reviews, cutting down on my use of adjectives, paper shredding, regional snobbery
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies=Raising Arizona, Repo Man, Quiz Show, Kramer Vs. Kramer, Lost in America, Made, Sideways, GoodFellas, Robocop
Music=Catherine Wheel, Wrens, Pixies, Replacements, Dinosaur Jr, My Bloody Valentine, Ween, Soundgarden, Husker Du, Meat Puppets, Guns n' Roses
Books=Rabbit, Run, Sweet Hereafter, American Pastoral, Live From New York: An Oral History of SNL, Wuthering Heights, Crime and Punishment
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
While on a train from Vienna to Venice, my friend and I thought a couple of shabbily-dressed border patrolmen were thieves posing as cops. We refused to give them our passports but took them out, just in case they WERE patrolmen, to prove our identity; they promptly grabbed one of ours away and we fought over it, grabbing the passport like it was a three-cornered hat. They released it, angrily stormed out of our cabin...and then the conductor told us later they were the real deal. Go figure.