Mei Jardstrom

San Francisco, CA, United States

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  • Fluent in English, Italian, Spanish; learning Chinese (Simplified), French
  • 28, Female
  • Member since 2005
  • Study Abroad Program Coordinator
  • B.A. in Environmental Studies and Spanish from San Franci...
  • From San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
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About Me


Travel before I have to get a real job


I'm quite a genuine person and try to present myself accurately without giving false impressions. The people I enjoy best do the same, and though I try actively to hit it off with anybody, I have few close friends. I like to be clear in my communication and intentions since this seems to avoid the most harmful feelings, and the wiser and more organized I get, the more direct I become.

I wasted most of my life being to scared and shy to explore and try new things. I'm still grounded in many ways, but also embrace trying new things often. New things I've tried in the past few years: harvesting grapes in Italy, yoga, capoeira, belly dance, eating chicken brain, boiling a lobster, snowshoeing

If we're going out to lunch I won't be staring at my phone the entire time. When someone leaves a dirty dish in the sink I wash it instead of bitching about it. When I'm very happy I may sing and dance with you in public, but you can't force me to if I don't want to. I'm continually trying to embrace change - don't fight it, more will always come! Letting go has become easier through the years, but there's still much improvement to be made.

Born and raised in San Francisco, love studying languages and studied Spanish for a long time, but would also like to continue studying French and Italian and one day learn Mandarin too.

I'm currently back in SF for the rest of 2015. Trying to skedaddle after that. Rolling stone, no moss etc.


Simply said, seldom done: Think of what you want to do before you die, and set about trying to do it.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I have hosted some surfers in SF and Boston and have been hosted in turn by wonderful people in Portland, Munich, Madrid and Montreal!


The best CS experiences are with surfers that are interested in hanging out, will break bread together and who I can show around the city. It's also good for me to practice my Spanish, French and Italian, so if you speak any of those then we can probably learn a lot from each other!


Things that I like: traveling!(duh), GOOD FOOD, ice cream, quality beer and cocktails, picnicking, beaching, hiking, exploring, museums and art galleries, making dinner with friends and learning to cook new things, reading, rock climbing, yoga and finding fun new ways to exercise (even if I don't do it often enough!)

Things that I don't like: littering, dubbed movies, badly prepared food, cigarettes indoors, cockroaches, shady people, showers that you have to clean after you use them, and I hate licking envelopes!!!

Music, Movies, and Books

"Jane Eyre", "Portrait of Dorian Grey", "One Hundred Years of Solitude", "Cloud Atlas", "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn", "Fahrenheit 451", all Murakami and John Steinbeck books, and oh so many more!

Music: Quite eclectic. Lots of 60s and 70s, some electronica, bluegrass, Johnny Cash, some hip-hop and rap, guilty pleasure pop, rock... I can enjoy basically any genre minus smooth jazz and poppy, twangy country (except when ridiculously twangy)

Movies: I love movies but don't often watch them. Adam's Apple, The Enigma of Kasper Hauser, Grindhouse, American Beauty, Eternal Sunshine, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and more!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Not just one thing stands out in my mind, but I've seen many amazing things. I've mounted the Great Wall as well as Meso-American pyramids, I've taken a spectacular elephant ride in Thailand, jumped off of a bridge (with a rope!), love swimming naked, eaten animals that you can't sell for food in the US, picked lemons on the Amalfi coast. I've ridden on the back on a garbage truck in Mexico with a caguama in hand at 3 in the morning. You can see something amazing almost any time if you're in the right mindset.

Teach, Learn, Share

The conscientious hedonist. You are the most important person on the planet for yourself. Put your personal happiness above all else in life, but be respectful of others' right to happiness as well.

What I Can Share with Hosts

As a personal rule, when someone else invites me to their home I do dishes and light cleaning without being asked and without wanting for it to be a big deal. I'm just neat.

The reason that I like to use CS is because I'm able to see the way that people in a certain place live. Fancy hotels are almost the same anywhere you go. CS-style travel is about having an exchange rather than just taking from the place that you visit and not giving anything back. I'll talk to you all night, cook you a couple of my favorite dishes, ask you about your favorite spots in the city, sing with you, and be your couch entertainment for as long as I stay with you (because that's why I've hosted too!)

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Italy, Mexico, Spain, United States

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