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I'm an ABC from California with a big heart and a taste for adventure! I love my home but I love the open road even more. I left Cali back in 2009 with a 6 month trip in mind and whadya know?-- suddenly two and a half years flew by! You can see some snapshots of my life on my sporadically updated blocked-in-China blog chegringa.blogspot.com Now I'm home pursuing skills and experience in the health field. So far, it's been great! My friends call me crazy, but I prefer "adventurous." ;-) I've also heard that I have positive energy which I guess is good until people try to suck it away! Haha, I am a pretty happy person though, except when I am sleepy, and then I am a pretty happy but sleepy person.
Live simply. Treat all beings kindly. Listen to your heart. Save. Travel. Repeat.
'All the darkness in the world cannot put out the light of a single candle.'
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I like to tell everyone about CS, plus I surf (38 times according to last count!) and host when I can.
I've had great experiences CSing my way across the US, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. I'd love to surf the world!
saving the earth
hiking, camping, backpacking & getting lost in the woods
museums, street art, beauty where you least expect it
believing in go(o)d
anything having to do with bicycles/bicis/fiets
watching leaves fall, then raking them up
vegan ice cream & cooking/eating/sharing/celebrating! anything vegan
pretending I am a fish
siestas and hammocks and siestas in hammocks
using my brain
not using my brain
meditation & mindfulness
meeting (nice) people
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: Revolutionary Road, The Cove, 12 Monkeys, Shawshank Redemption, Peaceable Kingdom, Run Lola Run, Ever After, and an Aussie film 'Burning Man' (having nothing to do with Burners)
Music: anything that makes me move and/or cry, and definitely a cappella
Fav Film Festivals: Banff Mountain Film Festival, Lunafest, Bike Film Festival
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Hay rolls--they are so simple and fascinating and beautifulDuring my 8 months of volunteering with abandoned special needs babies and toddlers in China, watching a sincerely concerned 2-year old orphan reach out to touch and console his hysterically-crying fellow orphanAlso, climbing to the top of Volcan Puyehue in Chile, through the fog, clouds and snow
Teach, Learn, Share
TEACH. Basic Mandarin, English, and ways to be a healthy and happy vegan, traveler, and/or vegan traveler
LEARN. Photography, bicycle maintenance and veggie culinary skills
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Argentina, China, Netherlands, United States