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Finding calm in the academic storm.
Trying to figure out how to live like a normal person again after traveling. I try to be a healthy person - eat organically, do yoga, sleep, etc., but I'm a coffee fiend and love fancy cocktails. An introvert turned extrovert who still loves getting lost in music, thoughts, or a book for hours on end.
There's always time for a mojito.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've hosted a few CSers and organized a couple of local CS meetings. I served as ambassador for Norman, OK, for a couple of years until I moved to Austin. I peruse the couch surfing site, dreaming of all the exotic couches I could crash on; dish out travel advice (hopefully wanted); listen intently to my friends' travel stories; spread the word of the greatness that is the CS community!
Crashed with a beautiful Czech woman I met in yoga class in Prague. She taught me an old Czech saying that embodies the couch surfing spirit - "A guest in the house is God in the house".
Photography (particularly gum printing), world cooking, movies, music, literature, arts, foreign languages, grammar and etymology, traveling (of course), yoga, coffee, knitting, organic foods and sustainable lifestyle, architecture, traditional and alternative medicine, my cats.
Music, Movies, and Books
Current favorite movies are Thumbsucker, Garden State, Romeo and Juliet, Amadeus, Bridget Jones's Diary, The Pillow Book, Empire of the Sun, Velvet Goldmine, Lost in Translation, Memento, Closer, et al.
Books - To Kill a Mockingbird, The Time Traveler's Wife, Dracula, Haruki Murakami, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, the Outsiders, World Stompers: A Guide to Travel Manifesto, Deep Economy, The Girl Who Swallowed Bees, The Omnivore's Dilemma. I've enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell's books of late and often find myself quoting some tidbit from them. Currently reading: "This is Your Brain on Music"
Music- Beatles, Manu Chao, Alabama 3, Luna, Dean and Britta, Iron and Wine, Starlight Mints, Bishop Allen, Velvet Underground, David Bowie, Eminem (my guilty pleasure), Os Mutantes, Neutral Milk Hotel, Brigitte Bardot, Matt Elliot, Polyphonic Spree, Nick Cave, Serge Gainsbourg, the Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire, Andrew Bird, M. Ward, Ray LaMontagne, Jeff Buckley, Sigur Ros, Air, Radiohead, the Pixies, Gypsy Jazz - don't know much about it, but I'm learning.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Stretching squirrel - Have you seen this? I never noticed it before and it is the cutest thing ever!
Vodou ceremonies in Haiti complete with animal sacrifices and spirit possession. Crazy times.
Participated in Brazilian-style desfile in France wearing a 3-foot high red glittery headdress.
Fountain that flows wine in a labyrinth under a castle in Europe. You'll have to find it yourself - but I might give you a hint. ;-)
Seal Bay at Kangaroo Island, Australia - hang out with seals in their native habitats!
Naoshima - the art island. Too much to tell here.
The Site of Reversible Destiny
Teach, Learn, Share
Pie and ice cream! Need I say more?
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Haiti, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Japan, United Kingdom, United States