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Mary Christensen

Brooklyn, NY, United States

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Overview

  • 51 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, French, Sign Language - American
  • 35, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • Teacher
  • Yale JD
  • From Mabank, Texas, USA
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Read.Think.Write.Dance.Repeat.

ABOUT ME

I love Faulkner, Austen, Woolf, Le Guin, introspection, gender equality, and blues dancing.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

My first experiences with couch surfing came years before this website existed, when I was an undergrad in Texas. I was learning how to swing dance and I went to weekend-long events--exchanges and workshop weekends--in different cities around the US. Dancers I had never met volunteered their spare couches, bedrooms, futons, and floors, and set a high bar for hosting strangers.

Then a few years ago, my mother was going to travel internationally for the first time, and needed to save money, so I found this website and signed up so that I could walk her through the process of creating a profile and sending requests. I ended up being the one who really benefitted, though.

I moved to NYC and updated my profile, and suddenly I was flooded with hosting requests. I started saying yes to at least one set of surfers a week, and eventually had people staying in my living room every night. I met the coolest people! Jazz singers from Slovenia, a portrait painter from NASA, an English professor from India, a feminist from Mexico, sociologists from Switzerland...it was wonderful. My co-workers thought I was crazy for letting strangers into my home, but for me it was the best thing about moving to the city.

I love couchsurfing, both for its abstract values and the travel and relationships it enables.

Interests

I love teaching. I'm a lawyer, but instead of practicing law, I spend my time teaching math, science, grammar, literature, and dance.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

My favorite moments include dancing on a ledge inside Agra Fort and in a village in Papua New Guinea.

Teach, Learn, Share

I would be delighted to learn from you, and I am happy to share what I know, like how to make perfect oatmeal and how to swing dance. I especially appreciate learning other languages, how to cook a new dish, yoga and acrobatics, and the history and politics of other countries. I once got a pair of fellow travelers to spend a morning in Jaisalmer teaching me the modern history of Peru.

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Sweden, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

China, France, United States

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