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brandy michelle

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Overview

  • 130 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 113, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • creative person and bicycle tourist
  • college grad
  • From Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
  • Profile 60% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

to take over the world... muaaaah!

ABOUT ME

I was a fashion technician for a popular brand based in NYC. I lived in Brooklyn with my husband Lewis who is a fellow couchsurfer (it is how we met!). I grew up in VA on a small farm, then moved to the big city. But now we are on a sabbatical of sorts, traveling the world by bicycle. We are biking down the west coast of the USA, into Mexico and Central America, and hope to visit some islands in the Caribbean and make it into South America and beyond. But things could change, and that is the beauty of it!

PHILOSOPHY

Take it easy! Sit back and enjoy this ride to the fullest. If you want something, go for it! Its easier to get than you think. Be fearless! (I'm still working on this one) As far as I can see, fear is the cause of hate & misunderstanding, and fear is often the reason for sitting around watching TV all day. Go out and have an adventure!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I love to travel, and love to taste the local flavor of a place... go off the beaten "touristy" path, you could say. Not that I don't love the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum, & the Golden Gate Bridge as much as the next tourist, but I really want to know what's going on behind the scenes! I love a chance encounter with a local who sweeps me off the path even farther than I ever expected to go. I'm not here to save a few bucks, I'm here to start new friendships, and it works both ways! I look forward to meeting you!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

My biggest couchsurfing experience was when I was 22... I spent over a month driving a big circle around my country by myself, coast to coast, and even into Canada. Along the way, I met so many wonderful people who were generous enough to offer their couches to me and eager to show or at least tell me what their town had to offer. I never had a plan or schedule, I just breezed through as it felt right, and lingered longer where the relationships were stronger and the people warmer. It was a life-changing trip and I have been itching to do it again!

Interests

travel (duh), hiking, steath camping, hammocks, snowboarding, sewing, painting, live music, festivals, chess, hookah, roller coasters, 4-wheelers, good beer, eating, breathing, drinking coffee, dancing! free spirits.

Music, Movies & Books

Rest in peace, Kurt Vonnegut, you are my hero. Rest in peace, James Brown, the funk masta.

I love live music, especially blues, funk, jazz & bluegrass. Really getting into live electronic rock these days. I also love hearing the cultural music of wherever I am visiting. My absolute favorite band is Phish... ridiculously fun experience. PHISH!!!

I'm a "Lord of the Rings" fan, books and movie.

Other books: everything Vonnegut, everything Tolstoy, Hitchhikers Guide, A Short History of Nearly Everything, Les Miserables, Hubble Space Telescope (AMAZING pictures)... so much more.

Other movies: Django Unchained, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, Reality Bites, Kill Bill, Labyrinth, The Princess Bride, Romeo & Juliet (modern version), Napoleon Dynamite, Eagle vs Shark, The Host, Head On (Gegen die Wand), Fight Club, Gladiator, Team America (fuck yeah!)

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Sunset & sunrise over the Grand Canyon. Double rainbow from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Riding across Manhattan on the back of a Harley. Hitch-hiking around Jamaica at the tender age of 19. Watching fireworks from a sailboat in the Long Island Sound. Falling in love. Living in New York!!!

Teach, Learn, Share

I can sew if you really want to know... or if you need someone to mend your shirt! I can also teach you some very special dance moves!

I am very eager to learn all there is to know about bicycle touring and supporting one's self for indefinite travel. Tell me all your secrets!!!

What I Can Share With Hosts

I can make a decent breakfast, and a pretty delicious guacamole. I hope to offer good company and fun stories. If I have enough downtime, I would love to paint or draw you a picture, or make you a little craft, or mend your favorite whatever... please give me something creative to do! :)

Countries I've Visited

Andorra, Argentina, Belgium, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Guyana, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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