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finish my freaking dissertation
I'm originally from North Carolina (yep, still a few traces of the Southern accent), but I've lived in Connecticut, DC, Rhode Island, and now Norfolk, Virginia. I travel whenever I get the opportunity, and I studied for a year in Germany (Heidelberg) and Italy (Rome).
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
During my last sojourn in Europe, I was generously hosted by several others through couchsurfing, and now I hope to return the hospitality.
Couchsurfed twice in Switzerland-- both excellent experiences! Hosted once while living in Rhode Island and a few times in Virginia, also great fun.
art, architecture, foreign languages, cooking, jogging, gym, maps, literature, sailing (+ bodies of water in general), cats, quilts, and most of all, travel
- art history
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: Belle & Sebastian, Rosenstolz, U2, New Order, Laura Pausini, ABBA, Nena, southern rock, cheesy trashy Euro pop
Movies: Clue, L'Auberge Espagnole, Before Sunrise, Was Tun Wenn's Brennt?, Gattaca
Directors: Tom Tykwer, Andre Techine, Wim Wenders, Pedro Almodovar, Alejandro Amenabar, Lukas Moodysson, Greg Araki, Patrice Chereau, Gabriele Muccino
TV: mostly downloading HBO and BBC series from iTunes, since I don't have cable. Jeopardy, Murder She Wrote, Six Feet Under, BSG, Skins, MI-5, UNC Basketball.
Books: Henry James, Thomas Mann, T. H. White, Richard Adams, Turgenev, Wilde, C. S. Lewis, James Baldwin, John Irving, Graham Greene, Agatha Christie, James Herriot, John Le Carre, Chekov, Anthony Hope, Raymond Carver, Tennessee Williams
Artists: Caspar David Friedrich, Albert Bierstadt, Leopold Robert, Moritz von Schwind, Johann Friedrich Overbeck, Bertel Thorvaldsen, Constantin Hansen, Gustav Caillebotte, Erwin von Steinbach (if he existed), J.M.W. Turner, Andy Warhol, Thomas Cole, Canaletto, Ilya Kabakov, and, of course, Raphael
Teach, Learn, Share
I wish I could teach Esperanto, but I've forgotten most of what I learned. Don't get me started on art history, since it's both my livelihood and my passion.
I want to learn your language (if I haven't already) and all your grandmother's secret recipes.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, Germany, Italy, United States