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Ali Vaughan

Agassiz, British Columbia, Canada

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Overview

  • 41 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning German
  • 29, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • perpetual student/cow whisperer
  • PhD in animal behaviour
  • From Born on the Isle of Skye, grew up near St Andrews
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Exploration!

ABOUT ME

I grew up in a small village in Scotland. None of my family have ever owned a passport and neither had I until the grand old age of 19! I finshed school and set off on a 3 month trip on the transiberian railway through Russia, Mongolia and China. It changed my life! The world is calling and I want to go everywhere, see everything and meet everyone...

PHILOSOPHY

Life is best lived with an open mind, an eye for opportunities and all the wild enthusiasm you can muster

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

spreading the good word, surf, host

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Allll good! :)

Interests

Lots!
Life, travel, nature, connecting with people, getting in touch with the wilderness, big cities, worming through good books, boats, live music, ale appreciation, cow appreciation, old machines, hitch-hiking, tree climbing, hedge running, dumpster diving, horse training (but not the fancy stuff), late night baking, rock climbing, growing greens (and other assorted colours), bee keeping, near death adventures, nomads, taxidermy, hot air ballooning, tinkering, classic motorbikes, classic bicycles, science, the unexpected and the absurd.

Music, Movies & Books

Movies:
Buffalo 66, Man on Wire, The Princess Bride, Breathless, A Brief Encounter, the "Before ____" movies, Werner Herzog documentaries, Coen Brothers movies, oh and Wrist Cutters: a love story (gypsy punk sound track AND TOM WAITS!!)

TV:
Twin Peaks, Arrested Development

Music:
All the usual good stuff (plus a special soft spot for reggae, gypsy punk, electro swing, Balkan beats and anything with some sweet/sleazy accordion or rambunctious brass).

Authors:
Impossible to pick just a few favourites but these authors never disappoint; Kurt Vonnegut, Milan Kundera, Hunter S Thompson, Vladamir Nabokov, J D Salinger, Laurie Lee, Beryl Markham

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Night swimming amongst phosphoresence in South Australia
A rainbow in the moonlight in the scottish highlands
Transiberian railway
Corvid cognition research

Teach, Learn, Share

My family owns a herd of dutch milking sheep so I have all the requisite milking, spinning and knitting skills. Occasionally I construct precarious pieces of furniture and indulge in sporadic gardening projects. I can light a match with one hand and whistle with my fingers but I've yet to master good puppet shadows. I am currently learning the ins and outs of hot air ballooning. I am also a font of obscure facts about cognition and animal behaviour, if you're so inclined...

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Brazil, China, Croatia, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Peru, Russian Federation, Spain, Turkey, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, Canada, United Kingdom

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