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To embrace life compassionately and passionately
kind, sweet, honest, free-spirited, positive, playful, grateful, deep thinker, analytical, introspective, loyal, funny, adventurous, determined, curious, full of wonder & wander ;) sassy, shy, compassionate, affectionate (hugs rule!), devoted, passionate, peace & truth seeker, klutzy, spontaneous, spiritual, visual, tactile...or maybe as a dear friend best summed it up-"You're an old soul with childlike innocence"...and in my words, I'm a curious, shy, cheeky monkey :)
"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."
We are all faced with great opportunity brilliantly disguised as impossible situations! Charles R. Swindoll
I must be a mermaid. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living. Anais Nin
We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are. Anais Nin
Creativity is Intelligence having FUN :) Good Ole Albert Einstein!
Logic will get you from A-Z. Imagination will get you everywhere. Einstein strikes again! Here's to getting everywhere!!!!
The eyes are useless when the mind is blind!!!
You have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.
Love and time, those are the only two things in all the world and all of life, that cannot be bought, but only spent.
The tragedy of life is not death but what we let die inside of us while we live. Norman Cousins
Live, Love, Laugh, Learn---embrace all the good you can, let go of the bad...forgive, grow, smile :)
5 Simple Rules For Living A Good Life
Live Simply... Love Generously...
Care Deeply... Speak Kindly...
Leave the rest to God.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Love to host when I can :) Love surfing when traveling to meet new people and catch a glimpse of the world through their eyes :)
Love meeting new people and broadening my views, absorbing stories and paths from those who have gone before me! I am astonished at how kind and generous this community is, and I am very grateful for it!
I'm a simple girl...captivated by life's simple pleasures such as the fragrance of orange blossoms which immediately transport me to an Italian Villa (because of course, don't all Italian villas come with year round orange blossom smell...oh wait...they don't...? ;), chilling in a hammock's gentle sway, picking wild berries, comiendo healthy delicious comida with food buddies, watching lightning/experiencing thunderstorms/rain, smelling rain, running in the rain, pausing to admire wildflowers, tromping through the woods...a book worm since birth-books/poetry,magazines/internet/newspapers, the back of cereal box..anything pretty much!!, musica-especially live music-if you play or sing be warned...I could listen mesmerized for hours-LITERALLY! :) so you have a captive audience. Especially like: piano, cello, violin, guitar, sax.
Drawn towards people-watching, sociology/anthropology, psychology, philosophy, policy & practice, provocative thinking, current events, LEARNING!!!
Passionate about social justice issues, healthy living :)
Compelled to climb trees (but haate getting down!), get feet wet in the ocean, be outdoors on a noche of a full luna, share good food with amigos, see beauty wherever I go, laugh often, smile freely, catch fireflies :)
Guilty pleasures: surfing the web, photography---yes please-adore!, traveling-(my love), EXPLORING!! (my passion), people-watching, sabroso ethnic foods...si por favor!! I have an admitted weakness for fresh veggies and Argentine-style asado (melt me!)
These things make my heart happy: being outdoors, ABRAZOS (always!) LAUGHING :), creative expressions...
Captivated by moonlit nights, rainy days/nights, museums, arboretums, botanical gardens, art, nature, live music, reflections of someone's inner soul, compassionate acts...
I am besotted with or have my own little love affair with accents, trees (especially oak, eucalyptus, ginkgo biloba, and jacaranda) the golden hour(s), beautiful light, little white lights :)
My secret fantasy is to be a race car driver or a war correspondent/AP photographer or to go work with orphans or be involved in some other type of humanitarian projects. I used to fantasize about discovering a lost civilization hidden in the jungle.
Intrigued by architecture, design, textures, natural, eclectic, raw, edgy, pure.....off the beaten path...
Filled by listening, laughing lots, smiling from the inside :) being happy, shining brightly, being positive, grateful, connected, aware, creative!
El resto te cuento despues ;) Have to leave a few things for later! :) ja ja
Music, Movies, and Books
Besotted with reading rivers of words...blissed out having music on the majority of the time...intimate settings with live music melt me...movies are cool but find myself too engaged with life to have much time...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Exploring a corner of the world from the state of Montana, USA to the bottom of South America, Ushuaia, Argentina overland remains a defining experience on many levels.
Catching glimpses of remnants of other cultures in their purest forms-untouched by modern ways is a treasure. I will never forget meeting a 100+ year old Indian lady in Mexico who didn't speak a lick of Spanish. She wore a multitude of skirts, brightly colored, ribbons woven into her braids. With her gnarled hands she kept a tight grasp on on a walking stick for support as she traversed her parched and dusty hillside neighborhood.
The slow timeless rhythm of life in the Island of Yap in the South Pacific (the home of the ginormous, round stone money) is forever imprinted on my soul as is the rich spirit of the simple life. More than a few of the local children captivated my heart with their sparkling brown eyes and playfulness. Snorkeling in the unforgettably pristine waters proffered the most astoundingly varied and vivid array of fish, coral, and sea life proving again that nature is truly art.
Huge like: the heart-stopping thrill of bungee jumping off a bridge in the mountains one spectacularly starry Valentine's night while laughing and smiling to my core and celebrating with a little bubbly afterwards.
Being in nature easily enthralls me; I am easily caught up watching a darting hummingbird or a scrambling monkey and content to just be still and observe lost in wonder. I still find myself in awe at the immensity of Iguazu falls in Brazil/Argentina and the amazing variety of plants and animals.
Teach, Learn, Share
I specialize in finding a sense of wonder :) or wander (!) ...enjoying the simple things in life and finding beauty wherever I look...I embrace an attitude of gratitude...My curiosity and enthusiasm just might rub off on you...
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Guam, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Micronesia, Federated States of, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United States, Uruguay
Countries I’ve Lived In