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Im a teacher, Spanish speaker, and Bay Area native. Work 6 days a week so I generally don't host much during the school year, but a lot in the summer when i have more time. Unless I already know, you possibly surfed or traveled with you or its a long weekend/holiday; I hang out with surfers at events all year long. You do need to be an independent traveler. I really believe in the Couch surfing idea of connecting with people from other places, backgrounds, ways of life. I hope you and I have something in common and that you will want to have adventures with me during your visit. Of course its perfectly fine to go our separate ways sometimes but if I feel you only want free accommodation I will ask you to find another place to stay. This comes from past experiences. I can teach you yoga, take you to amazing views for photos, speak Spanish with you, bring you to live music, amazing food/wine/beer in this amazing city! If you like dancing also, we will really get along well. What can you teach me?
"If you are a dreamer come in . . .
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hoper, a pray-er, a magic-bean-buyer
If you're a pretender come sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ Shel Silverstein
"Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes."
"I love thunderstorms. They make life exciting. They make me want to eat oysters on the half-shell and act slutty." -Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
"You can sleep when you're dead." --Anonymous
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
While living in Europe I both surfed and hosted often as well as participated in the Madrid CS group from which I have many friends scattered across the globe. Ive hosted a few amazing women from DC, Germany and Australia since moving to SF. Even if hosting doesn't work out I am always down to meet for a drink, a walk, or a friendly chat!
Been hosted in:Portland Oregon,Miami,Madrid, Logrono, Marseilles, Paris, Dublin, Sicily, Florence, Rome, Torino, Brig, Geneva, Lisbon, Oporto,Berlin, Budapest,Bruxelles, Leuven,Amsterdamm, Miamia, Chicago, Lake Tahoe.
Hosted: Sarah (DC), Steph (Aus), & Sara (Germany) in current apartmenu. Digdem (Turkey/Canada), Mirella (The Netherlands), Rose (Seattle/Wales), Rebekah (Maryland). The amazing Brook from USA (at least 6 visits of 5-10 days each; she eventually moved in! We are best friends now!); Crystal the baking goddess from Rome (3 days); mi amigo Roberto de Guatemala, and Rachel from NYC (5 days); Deborah a friend I met in Marseilles (4 days), and The Amazing Aussie for my birthday weekend, Christa from Switzerland (100000 days), Amber and Tiffany from the USA via Italy (4 days) and Andrea from the great state of California (4 days), Kris from Berlin (2 days), Asia from Prague, and Brett from the USA. I hope I haven't forgotten anyone.
Summer is here! (don't let the San Francisco fog fool you) Bring a jacket and a sense of adventure and let's go play in this fabulous city! I can take you on free walking tours around the city, Dancing, singing karaoke, art exhibits, going to museums, making new friends, trying new restaurants, going to happy hours, seeing plays, movies, live music, concerts, hiking, snowboarding, going to the beach, trying new extreme outdoorsy activities to push my limits and seek spirituality, drawing, learning about photography, viewing art, LAUGHING and trying new things.
I made 100 christmas cookies WITHOUT a cookie cutter with Crystal in Madrid in 2008. Met Brook at a botelleon;
(need I say more?); saw the Easter bunny with host Justine on Easter in Italy; was given dry shoes by my host's mother in Lisbon; jumped in the Oporto river in my underwear with Tiffany; welcomed my german surfer Sara to my house warming party. What will our adventure be?
see my photos here: http://picasaweb.google.com/Sandritauno/StarredPhotos?feat=directlink
Music, Movies, and Books
Fave bands today are: Dirty Heads, Kimbra, Imagine Dragons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnectic Zeros, Kinky,The Lumineers, Cults, fun., Florence + the machine, foster the people, ana tijoux, Gotye, Nouvelle Vague, Lily Allen, Jack Conte, Robyn, The Shins, Silver Sun Pickups, Ozomotli, Guster, Imogean Heap, Matt Nathanson, The Veronicas, The Decembrists, and Barbara Streisand, Billy Holiday, India Arie, Ella Fitzgerald, Jazz. Books: Anything by Isabel Allende, Lousia May Alcott, Belva Plain and Frank McCourt;Revolutionary Road, Winter in Madrid, People of the Book, Middlesex, THe Lovely Bones, Evergreen, The Da Vinci Code, all the Harry Potter books, The Red Tent, and The Cilistine Prophesies, good smut. Movies: Gone with the Wind, WHen Harry Met Sally, Cruel Intentions, The Fugative, Dirty Dancing, Strictly Ballroom, Shall We Dance? anything about dance, anything about a book I read, anything filmed in San Francisco. Oh, and most films with Johnny Depp (unless they are too scary, I do still get nightmares! ;p)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I taught 4 months of 6th grade and survived.
I survived 2 days in the Old Madina in Marakech, Morocco.
I rowed down the Danube river for 5 days and lived to tell about it.
I have taught 15 teenagers how to study for college. And 25 kindergarteners how to everything.
I have taught seven 3-year-olds year olds English in English when they didn't know ANY English.
I climbed Masada, in Israel in 112 F heat.
I jumped in the Placa du Comercio in Lisbon, Portugal.
I floated in the Dead Sea.
I wrote a 50 page paper on 2nd Language Language acquisition.
I have saved someone's life.
Teach, Learn, Share
I am a great yogi and yoga teacher. I generally do some yoga in the mornings or evenings (when at home) assuming Im not exhausted from a late night out on the town. I could teach you yoga, or English, or how to cook. I love baking and cooking and although am not vegan, strive to create food that nurishes the body, soul, and does not put undo stress on our planet. I often create recipes and test out new culinary treats on visiting couchsurfers. Beware, when visiting you might cook, bake or taste with me! :) I also love to take photos and am constantly learning how to improve this craft.
As a host I can:
~help you find great food in SF
~drive you to the most picturesque photo spots
~help you get your groove on (dancing, shows, etc)
~drink amazing beer and wine
~enjoy yoga, art, music in GG Park
~laugh your @#!$ off
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Spain, United States