Clare Bridgford

Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China

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  • BA in Art and Journalism from the University of Iowa
  • From Des Moines, Iowa, United States of America
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About Me


"Roam if you want to. Roam around the world." B-52s


During college I worked a variety of jobs (including a barrista at 2 different coffee shops and a bartender at a hole-in-the-wall bar in my hometown). I graduated in the Spring of 2009 from the University of Iowa. I am currently teaching English in Southern China. The alternative would have been to use my degree to get a job as a Subway sandwich artist and live in mom and dad's basement.

I have a cat that I rescued from the dinner table here in Guilin. I call her Meimei. She lives with me. Those of you who are looking to stay with me these next few months...I hope you aren't allergic.


You can't leave footprints in the sands of time by sitting on your butt...and you don't want to leave butt prints in the sands of time.

Whatever you do, do it with a smile on your face.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Big plans this summer :) I am hosting CSers in hopes that when I travel, CSers will give back to me.


Over the last year I have hosted close to 20 surfers in one form or another. Now I am looking forward to being hosted for the FIRST TIME!! :)


I like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain...however I am into yoga, so I guess the entire song doesn't ring true for me. I love photography, cooking new foods, big sunglasses, trying new things, traveling/exploring, caffeine - I appreciate good coffee, American TV serieses..the list is endless.

Music, Movies, and Books

MOVIES: Comedies starring ex/current-SNL actors, Horrors, movies with singing celebrities. I like a wide variety of genres.
MUSIC: Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Owl City, Gary Go, Coldplay, Jack Johnson, Jay Chou...If I can sing along to it, then I will probably like it.
BOOKS: Historical fiction is my favorite book genre - The Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, People of the get the idea.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I sang in the largest concert hall in Caracas, Venezuela.

I sang in concert with Celine Dion when I was 12.

Teach, Learn, Share

Keep your eyes open and your feet moving. Don't miss a minute of life.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, China, United States, Venezuela

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, United States

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