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I am 28 years old, from Portland, Maine, living in Fort Collins, Colorado. I currently work as an environmental engineering intern for a river restoration company, and sit on the Executive Board of an environmental non-profit. I had taken a break from school to travel and do things I enjoy, but am now on track to get double Bachelor's degrees and a Master's.
I have a passion for helping others - I went on a build with Habitat for Humanity in Auckland, New Zealand; completed a year with Americorps NCCC doing service projects, fire management, and disaster relief around the country; and spent a few months WWOOFing (working on an organic farm) in Hawaii. I was a wildland firefighter but currently work for a river restoration company in Colorado. In the future I would like to become a yoga teacher, and also start a career as an international aid worker.
Some of my biggest life goals include learning 5 languages, hiking a Triple Crown, getting my pilots license, publishing a novel, and completing a World Triathlon.
I love to stay home and read or watch movies, but I also love going out and meeting new people. I've become a bit of a coffee and beer snob. I do yoga almost every day and meditate at least once a week. I've been a vegetarian for 4 years now, but also very interested in experimenting with yummy vegan cooking (I LOVE cheese). Always willing to learn or something new :)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I am on couchsurfing because I have already waited far too long believing the misconception that you have to have a ton of money and a good job to travel. I want to immerse myself in as much of the world and as many different cultures as I can, so I want to skip the resorts and have the real experience. I want to meet new fun, wonderful people and cultivate friendships in all different places.
- working out
- eating out
- outdoor activities
- mountain biking
- going out
- craft beer
- healthy eating
- vegan food
- alternative medicine
- vegan cooking
- natural medicine
- acro yoga
- road biking
- bikram yoga
- eating good food
- mountain hiking
- good beer
- drinking beer
- hot yoga
Music, Movies, and Books
MUSIC: As far as genres I would say Indie, Folk, Rock, Alternative, Country, and some R&B. My favorite artists are Fall Out Boy, Avett Brothers, The Tallest Man on Earth, the Beatles, and the Lumineers.
MOVIES: Inglourious Basterds, Black Mass, The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Wild, The Theory of Everything, World War Z, Insidious, anything by Hayao Miyazaki
BOOKS: Too many, all of them! Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Bell Jar, The Alchemist, The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Hobbit, Harry Potter, A Tale for the Time Being
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Worked with Habitat for Humanity in New Zealand, bungee jumped off the Auckland Bridge, served for a year in AmeriCorps, watched the sunrise over the sand dunes in Death Valley National Park, planned a four-month solo trip through Europe, completed a Wim Hof winter expedition in Poland, took a 10-minute ice bath in a river in Poland in February, attended Up Helly Aa
Teach, Learn, Share
Teach - I feel more like a jack of all trades. I don't know if I'm proficient enough in anything to teach it. But I'll share what I can!
Learn - Everything. Anything. Music, language, dance, art, making drinks, cooking, a sport, history, your profession, your hobby.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Laughs, good conversation, a drink, stories, crazy and elaborate conspiracy theories that I fall down rabbit holes looking into, occasionally local Colorado goods or trinkets from my travels, food (I am not a great cook, but I have fun doing it! Maybe we could make something together?), politeness, a dance, and friendship :)
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Poland, Scotland, Spain
Countries I’ve Lived In