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find a second hand DSLR and a decent lens* and continue to praise existence
hi, for years i have been on the proverbial 'road', traveling between countries, between cultures, languages, climate zones, demographics, lifestyles, workplaces, institutions of learning, and communities.
this year i marked 7 and with it the end of one cycle.
in those years i was more often than not on the receiving end; receiving the kindness of strangers, the teachings of people turned friends, the support and hospitality of communities, the reward of hard work, and the patience of family.
as i reflect in retrospect i see a slanted account, a privileged story of one girl turned woman with the guidance and help of many.
in these years and along the way i moved and became principally because of that which i received. an immeasurable amount of love delivered in every imaginable (and some un-imaginable ways). with this loan of goodwill and empowering charity i was afforded the opportunity to grow up and recognize myself as a link and a member of a movement towards good.
To experience things as unfamiliar and strange is a specifically human capability. Animals are in no position to develop this sort of distance between themselves and the world in which they live. The capacity to wonder and inquire, grounded in that distance, is a manifestation of a fundamental freedom, the freedom to conceive and re-conceive the world in many ways, and to change one's relation to it accordingly. Instead of being locked into a particular cultural tradition, for example, with its fixed and established ways of looking at and relating to things, human beings are endowed with the capacity to take a step back from everything and to look at the world at any time as if it were entirely new, i. e., strange. This capacity constitutes a unique way of being in the world, and it is the basis for the possibility of taking a hold of one's life in a way no other kind of being has.
"No matter what road I travel Iâm going home"
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
currently i am roaming about for the next year; to israel for 2 months, followed by south america until july 2014. I hope to stay with couchsurfers where i'll be traveling and catch some of the cs meet-ups!
next fall when i am back in canada* i look forward to taking part in a home that is open and beckoning to the world of couchsurfers.
one day in a more rooted future, the doors will be wide for the project to literally 'come home' :)
disclaimer: the following statement is of potentially shocking content, but can be proven of its complete truth.
i have met some of the very best people i know through CS.
friends for a lifetime or two.
i would not trade the beauty and education this project has brought to my life for anything, unless maybe it were to give someone else a similar experience.
there is this uncannily courageous element in all participants, in risking the unknown for the potential of a communal experience. one that could quite possibly go in any direction.. but we are all hoping that we find that 'last surfer's paradise'; unchartered, unfiltered, raw, under the radar, unpredictable, without expectation, pure human meeting human in transit and crossing boundaries to connect and share XYZ.
these days it doesn't happen so much like that in the mainstream. people are more inclined to seek out specific ideas before giving themselves the freedom and support to go towards the unknown and unspoken for.
CS is a part of the last frontier, or the new frontier?! either way, i applaud the project many loud claps for its efforts. thank you CS, it is a privilege to take part in this community and this way of life.
books, dance, laughter,serendipity, the sun, acro yoga, collaborations, didgeridoo, the desert, photography, the mountains, the sea, the rainforest, islands, tree houses, beards, philosophy, bluegrass, semantics, nonverbal communication, drums,harmonica, foreign territory, mango, brussel sprouts, gypsy music,tango, anthropology, community building, eye contact,avocado, design, micro expressions, submerging in water, traveling by night, bathroom conversations, coincidences, hugs, yoga,candle-light, observation,wine,faces,creating,dreaming,the banjo, human nature, early morning, honest living,
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
lets save those stories for when we sit down together*
Teach, Learn, Share
teach; acroyoga, FACS Paul Ekman micro-expression facial reading techniques, the art of body language, how to scavenge and transform garbage into art,
learn; whatever you've got i am happy and curious to know :) ** but music would be lovely- i am trying to learn the language of it all over again, the personalities of the instruments and the dance between players and pieces and the magic they build with the mystery of time... something that floats and flies not contained but carried through the hand that measures.
** i want to learn how to surf in chile!
share; just plain old being togetherness. , and after that maybe some exploring, listening, playing, creating, reading, quiet, cooking, cleaning, studying, working, volunteering, dancing :) its all good.
Countries I’ve Visited
Barbados, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Finland, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Canada, Honduras, Israel, Italy, Nicaragua, Norway, Spain