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Overview

  • 3 References 2 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Spanish
  • 28, Female
  • Member since 2013
  • recent university graduate, and most recently barista
  • undergraduate at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO
  • From Bend, Oregon, USA
  • Profile 90% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

to find some fantastic spots in NZ and meet some great people

ABOUT ME

I grew up in a beautiful outdoorsy town in Oregon and went to university in Colorado. I studied art, with a focus on printmaking.

PHILOSOPHY

I believe that you make what you have, to a certain extent. Obviously, if you don't have access to enough food, health care, or education, this doesn't apply, but if your basic needs have been met, there's no reason everything shouldn't be great for you. It's up to you and how you choose to interpret things and how you build your life.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have absolutely loved couch surfing. I did it across part of Europe with a close friend (we did it from her profile). I've met some fantastic friends who there's no way I would have ever known otherwise. My favorite type of CS experiences are when you get invited to see a real bit of someone's life--whether it's cooking dinner, going for a hike together, or going to their friend's birthday party out in the country (which was a total highlight and involved playing badminton).

Interests

I love hiking and camping, running, skiing, and the ocean. I love spending time in cities too (especially long walks). Friendly little coffee shops are one of my very favorite things and I'm always down to pop by one to read a book or chat while sipping on a cappuccino. I absolutely love live music, whether it's discovering a new band or seeing one of your favorites. I also really enjoy writing to jot down an idea or a moment, or to sort things through I'm thinking about.

  • arts
  • writing
  • books
  • education
  • dining
  • cooking
  • coffee
  • running
  • partying
  • music
  • live music
  • hiking
  • camping
  • surfing
  • skiing
  • badminton
  • teaching

Music, Movies, and Books

A few of my favorite bands are Dirty Projectors, Sufjan Stevens, The Tallest Man On Earth, Blind Pilot, LCD Soundsystem, Noah and the Whale, and Fleet Foxes. Pop folk and indie rock are my faves, but I also I enjoy Americana, classical, jazz, classic folk, and 50s and 60s rock amongst others.
One of my favorite books is Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer--I laughed out loud for extended periods of time when first reading it.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

When I was in Marseille, I went to the Calanques, which are these big cliffs right on the sea. I had this confusing and time-consuming experience on the bus getting there, and then walked up this hill still unsure if I was going the right way. Then suddenly there they were; these beautiful scraggly bushes were everywhere and the rock just plunged down to the sparkling sea, and the sky seemed so massive. I ended up only having an couple of hours there, but it was a beyond incredible experience.

Countries I’ve Visited

Croatia, France, Slovenia, Spain

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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