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  • 15 References 13 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English
  • 43, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Gypsy/Pirate Hybrid Version 3.5 * see my website*
  • Graduate Kutztown University
  • From Gettysburg PA USA
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About Me


Happy to host when i can, drop me a line! I hadn't been on for over a year because I moved and new roommates didn't want surfers. so apologies to those I missed meeting!


I am a self made business operator, making custom sterling and semi precious stone creations for people for over 15 years. It my full time job, my passion and my joy in this life. I also love travel, love my friends, who are like my second family. I enjoy the outdoors and living conveniently near a state park and also a major city, giving me the best of both worlds :) You may find me on facebook under the name Tara Helwig or on myspace at myspace.com/stonegazer to see more about me.


Simple: You get what you give

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I have enjoyed hosting and travelling with the CS project, I love meeting new folks and sharing my stories and my space. I am also looking forward to participating in local gatherings and potlucks through here.


I have been living communal style off and on since college and currently I have two roommates and we all come and go at the house and have fun in between. I have travelled mostly in the US with couchsurfing and have had great adventures.


warehouse costume parties in philly at secret locations! Music, movies, wine, tea, beads, gemstones, outdoors, biking, swimming, hiking, driving, rockhounding for gemstones, and being part of YOUR story.

  • wine
  • partying
  • pub crawls
  • movies
  • traveling
  • music
  • outdoor activities
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming
  • business
  • parks

Music, Movies, and Books

MOVIES: The Pillow Book, Rushmore, Eternal Sunshine, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Waking Life, Before sunrise/sunset, I heart Huckabees, Crash, Lucky Number Slevin, The Usual Suspects, Donnie Darko(only the director's cut cuz its so much better.) dangerous liasons, neverending story, mirrormask, city of lost children, Amelie, Coraline, Hot Fuzz, Fur: The Dianne Arbus Fairytale .
MUSIC: Thievery Corporation, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Beck, Jeff Buckley, Morcheeba, Esthero, Hooverphonic, Etro Anime, Interpol, Underworld, Massive Attack, Sounds from the Ground, Supreme Beings of Leisure, Portishead, Moonraker, Gorillaz, King Tubby, James Brown, Spring Heel Jack,Loveage/Automator, Cinematic Orchestra, Tuatara, Luna, U.N.K.L.E., James Hardway, Morphine, The The, Twinemen, Killers, Beth Orton, Ednaswap, Feist, Cat Power,The Shins, Modest Mouse, Soul Coughing, Deb Talan, Patti Griffin, Tom Petty, Sarah Harmer, Ani fuckin DiFranco, Be Good Tanyas, Aimee Mann, Muse, Deftones, Queens of the Stone Age, death cab for cutie, Mars Volta, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, REVCO, Louis XIV, Meat Beat Manifesto, Peter Gabriel, Starlight Mints, Mogwai, Telepopmusik
CURRENTLY READING: The Erroneous Zones by Wayne Dyer

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Waking at 5am to see the sun rise over the oceans of Jamaica while floating out in the water. One of the most peaceful feelings I have ever experienced.

Teach, Learn, Share

I try to value my time spent with friends and loved ones more. After totaling my car this summer I realize that its all so fleeting, it can all be gone in an instant.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I can show you the local parks and we can try stand up paddle boarding at marsh creek (which is a pond) nearby.....or I can take you hunting for garnets or kyanite in philadelphia.....we can visit some great restaurants and pubs while we are there too!

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Jamaica

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