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Enjoy life while meeting interesting people in fantastic places along the way.
Talkative. Morning person. Volunteer. Life-long learner. Moderation is best for me. Enjoy small dogs, board games, plants. Some of you know me as Cheri, others call me Bella. I'm curious about most things in life and tend to get very excited/intense. You'll find me to be direct and honest. I am fair, creative and resourceful. Non-smoker. Social Drinker.
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.-Epistle of Paul to the Hebrews, xiii.1
All knowledge is not taught in the same school. One learns from many sources.
âAâohe pau ka âike i ka hÃ¢lau hoâokahi
Literally "better alone than with bad company". "Mejor solo que mal acompaÃ±ado".
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision...for tomorrow. - Melody Beattie
Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. ~Benjamin Franklin
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.- Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow- mindedness." (Mark Twain)
"Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you." (author unknown)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I enjoy replying to couch surfer inquiries. I try to keep activities posted on the EVENT page to give people an opportunity to participate in local outings. It is my pleasure to meet people for cultural events, sport, and sightseeing in general. 'Am happy to pet/house sit for fellow Couch Surfers.
'Enjoyed my 1st experience CSing in Slovenia with Daniel and his majestic dog Duke.
Mahalo to Big Island hosts: Brent Norris, Dan,Victoria Bliss, Trent and Erin Horttor. Thanks to Tampa host Seb. Mahalo nui loa to Tim on Maui. Thank you John Bohling on Kauai. Enjoyed your company Violet in FL and Vienna. Sven and Eva are greatly appreciated hosts in Stockholm. Tak Matti. Danke Munich CSers Christian & Laurent on Pariser Str. Cheers Barbara & Alan in New Plymouth, Mike Clist in Auckland and Mike Dickison in Christchurch.Thanks to CS hosts in England: Malc and Jen, Pat Kingsbury, James Hill, Aline and Edgar, Glen and Lyndsey, Waldi Rybinski. Much appreciated Norwegian hosts Line and Rasmus. Grazie Lorella for allowing me to cat sit your loved ones in Italy. Grazie Denis and Giuseppe in Italy. Cheers Wendy in Cronulla, Australia. It has been a pleasure to dog sit in Calgary for Cherie and Kent.
Hosted: Swede Matti in NZ then Kiwi Mike and Norwegian Rasmus in Norway. Theo for a week on Oahu.
Enjoy easy hikes, SAG-AFTRA, pets, studying, teaching, museums, outdoors, cooking, reading, movies, theater, "talking story", board games, and volunteering.
I am interested in learning about people's lives, hopes, and motivations.
Music, Movies, and Books
Really enjoy spending time with a good book. Trilogies are great. Magazines will do in a pinch. Am a sci-fi / fantasy fan. Appreciate 3-D movies. Great to find interesting foreign films. I usually listen to National Public Radio. www.Ted Talks. I watch TV about 20 hours a week. Jack Johnson.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Just one amazing thing I have seen or done in my lifetime? Back in 1994, I traveled solo around the world for 10 months visiting 12 countries only experiencing summer and spring.
Teach, Learn, Share
The ultimate couch surfer bunk bed that turns into a sofa. http://www.bonbon.co.uk/clei/doc.htm
http://blackbox.vc/mansion/(In order to stay in Blackbox Mansion, you need to book it through AirBnB. Only for entrepreneurs who actually work on something.)
www.staydu.com ($15 fee)
warmshowers.org (for cyclists)
http://www.stay4free.com/ (home exchange)
Pasporta Servo (for speakers of Esperanto)
Evergreen Bed and Breakfast Club (for those over 50)
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.
"One is Evil - It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
"The other is Good - It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
“If not us, who? If not now, when?” - John F. Kennedy
"Accept it, change it, or walk away."
"Look for the pattern."
Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. - Frank Outlaw
For Europe only
Listen to professional story tellers:
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." -John Wooden.
"Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner." -Lao Tzu
As you may realize, people use CS for different reasons. Many of us that have been members for a while tend to use couch surfing to connect with people either while traveling or hosting where we live. Typically, one offers a night of surfing on the couch or spare bed. Usually conversation over dinner helps people get to know each other better. Fewer hosts offer their couches for two or three days.
Some people like myself, cannot open their homes to others but choose to show them the area, attend events together, answer their questions & offer advice.
It is general practice to review people's profiles before seeking a couch. The personal message indicating why your host might enjoy your company is then sent. Less common is a CS host simply offering a free place for someone to stay. The typical host is trying to connect to a person.
The reference system helps people learn more about you and also determine trust. The more you interact with people, the more references you collect.
The EVENT page usually offers things to do each week. Group pages may connect people for house swaps, sports, tours, long term housing, and more.
CS could be about getting a "cheaper than hostel" place to stay but for the most part it's about people connecting with each other and their community.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Did I mention I am a storyteller? Besides that, I have made meals, painted rooms & fences, house sat and more. I mailed gift packs from Hawaii to my hosts. I try to find a meaningful gift or service for hosts as well as guests.
This is the story behind CouchSurfing: The idea got its start when Casey Fenton impulsively booked a flight to Iceland because of a cheap online airfare, and then realized that he didn’t know anyone there and had no idea what to do there.
So he found a list of email addresses for students at the University of Iceland in Rejkevik, and sent out emails asking if he could crash with them on their couches. He got lots of invitations and had a fantastic weekend with utter strangers.
When he got home, Fenton and three friends created a website to try to systematize the idea. The result was “Couchsurfing,” a new way of meeting people while traveling while enjoying free lodging. People register online and provide some information about themselves, and then either offer a place for other registered Couchsurfers to stay, or explore available couches in selected cities. The site does not charge anyone for helping arrange the connections. In fact, it expressly forbids hosts from charging their guests (upon penalty of expulsion from the site’s registry).
Call it semi-organized gift exchange. It’s a Web-assisted gift economy for travelers that thrives simply because people are basically good and enjoy meeting strangers from other places. Couchsurfers understand that they are not just getting a free bed; there is an implied social contract that they will spend some time eating or drinking or touring the city with the host. Some hosts take visitors to parties or tourist sites, others just meet them for coffee.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Germany, United States