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To meet the world one person at a time
Ola. . . . or hola would be more appropriate now.
Update 2017: I am currently living in Buenos Aires.
From 2010: Here's my travel blog, where I am writing about my observations and adventures in Iceland, France, Colombia, Brasil, and Argentina. And in the future, who knows? http://unplannedadventure.wordpress.com/
In autumn 2009 I left my job and my life in San Francisco, where I have lived for 13 years, to travel and shake up my world (and see the world from crooked angles). I traveled in Iceland in November and in France in December. I spent almost six months in Brasil, three months in Colombia, and now Argentina.
Traveling helps me to crack open to new ways of seeing the world. I love meeting people and learning new languages and therefore new ways of seeing. I love the way new words open my mind to new concepts.
I'm a writer who has written two books. I've also started and sold a niche social network called stylemob.com. And I have worked as a product manager in social media, published a print magazine called To-Do List, and worked in public relations to support labor unions. My career is ever evolving, as am I!
I wrote a blog post about "My Big Life Churn"--this experience of giving up my apartment, putting my belongings into storage, and heading out to meet the world, and you can read it here: http://sashacagen.com/uncategorized/the-big-life-churn/
Addicted to freedom, apparently. That is not a philosophy, the philosophy is forthcoming.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've stayed with people in France, Brasil, and Colombia. And met CSers in Argentina and Iceland and of course SF. Gone to lots of meetups, and hope to host when I settle down again.
I have met a lot of wonderful people through CS including some who have become longtime friends.
Quirks of language, politics, culture, behavior, psychology, tango, milonga, salsa, relationships, yoga, books, writers, art, rock climbing, personal growth, the art of living well! Gluten-free eating since I am celiac. And I have always been interested in whole food cooking but now this excludes whole grains and all the annoying gluten-containing additives in so many processed foods.
- rock climbing
Music, Movies, and Books
Bossanova (and most all MPB), tango, milonga
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
* Snowmobiling on a glacier in Iceland
* Hanggliding in Rio
* Sleeping in a hammock in the Amazonian jungle
* Traveling Brazil for 5.5 months without a grand plan
* Appearing on Anderson Cooper 360 to promote my first book
* Riding in a dune buggy for four windswept days along the Ceara coast in Northeast Brazil
* Showing up for La Fete des Lumieres in Lyon, France--what a beautiful festival. I love France.
* Traveling with a Greek friend that I met at a CS gathering in SF for ten days in Iceland when we hardly knew each other beforehand--really mostly through IM!
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach you about a) the American publishing industry, and what it takes to publish a nonfiction book b) maybe blogging c) writing personal essays d) tango e) life coaching
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In