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Travel and play music; meet people from different walks of life
I grew up in a musical family in Newton, MA but had a passion for the natural sciences. Majored in biology in college and then began playing flute in my last year, and 10 years later, became a saxophonist as well. I do some translating from Italian and some free-lance typing and editing. But principally I give music lessons and performances. My main touring is done in Italy, with pickup bands, and I find it a wonderful change.
I love to teach music and pass on what I've learned, and play for people in a meaningful context.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I tour frequently in Italy, Switzerland, UK and sometimes France. It is a wonderful change for me. I also love to visit New England. My favorite activities when not practicing or playing gigs are going to movies, mostly foreign movies.
I had two nights on my last 5-week Italy trip, in which I didn't know where to sleep. I used CS in Bari and found a wonderful person and he offered me his bedroom so he wouldn't disturb me when he went to work. I was so excited about this new internet group! And still am!When I do have space in my apartment, it's basically a cozy mattress on the floor in my office. There is an exception later this month, when I'll be away and my own bedroom will be available (June 18 to 22). The place is very quiet, and I've been here 31 years as a renter.
I love birdwatching (not much time anymore though), languages, movies, walks, and of course listening to and playing and teaching music.
Music, Movies, and Books
Among my favorite movies are old Truffaut b&w's, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, La Strada, Trip to Bountiful and anything with the theme of pedagogy. Anything that is moving and has a spiritual message.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Going to Italy and speaking the language is amazing. Playing at Madison Square Garden Salsa Festival for 10,000 people when I first came to New York was amazing.Playing at Aula Giulio Cesare in Campidoglio, Rome, was utterly amazing - and being almost front-page in nearly every Rome newspaper. Some people experience this every day, but for me it was a one-time thrill.
Seeing my first chestnut-sided warbler, when I was about 10, was also a lifetime thrill. I was an avid birdwatcher.
Teach, Learn, Share
Every time I meet someone new or have someone stay in my house (room-mates, guests etc) I feel there is a lesson that they have shared with me, by telling me about their life, by showing me a different way or a different life style. I always feel enriched.
What I Can Share with Hosts
The person who said he wouldn't stay with me again (see references) never did stay with me, and never met me; therefore he wasn't supposed to write a reference. He was frustrated because I couldn't get home from work early to accommodate him. I've enjoyed all those who've stayed with me and find my life enriched by each and every one, always in some unexpected way!!
Countries I’ve Visited
Countries I’ve Lived In
Israel, Italy, United States