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I'm an American who has lived for over 4 years in Senegal and Ghana. I enjoy creating art, meeting radically different people, traversing high mountain passes, and having friendships that contain depth.
I have been traveling for over a dozen years, beginning with my first stay in Italy for a semester when I was in my early 20s. Afterwards, I backpacked through Europe and I haven't really stopped traveling since. I have lived and worked for many years on the African continent and have also called Alaska and Colorado home. I work for an experiential educational organization that brings western youth to the developing world and I oversee our programs in Senegal and Rwanda.
I practice Buddhism, so a lot of my personal philosophies relate to the Buddhist experience. In brief, I believe that this life is short and that we must live genuinely, embracing both the things that bring joy and difficulty.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Since I travel a lot, I stay with a lot of friends. I thought Couch Surfing would be a great way to meet new people, gain new perspectives, and practice my French! I am a considerate guest and would love to help out.
I'm new to CouchSurfing, though many friends have recommended it.
Mediation, photography, hiking, camping, traveling, speaking languages other than English, being with friends, yoga.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I just spent the last few months hiking in the mountains in Alaska - being in the silent wilderness where the landscape stretches for as far as one can see, working my body in a physical way, embracing the cool, fresh air and being with friends - that is amazing to me!
Teach, Learn, Share
I can share a lot about my experiences living in a village in Senegal for 2 years. The people in my community shared all of their lives with me - their generosity is inspiring and I hope to share what I have learned in the world with everyone I meet.