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  • 18 References 12 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Japanese, Spanish
  • 31, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • A bit of everything
  • BA in government journalism
  • From Sacramento, CA USA
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About Me


Figuring it out


I change paths on a frequent basis


"if it doesn’t come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don’t do it. unless it comes unasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and your gut, don’t do it... if you have to wait for it to roar out of you, then wait patiently. if it never does roar out of you, do something else."

"you got to look outside your eyes
you got to think outside your brain
you got to walk outside you life
to where the neighborhood changes"

"Let go of what you think you know"

"My mind's such a sweet thing / I wanna do everything / What a beautiful feeling"

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I have been fortunate enough to couchsurf while I was in South Korea, Ireland, London and Germany. I have also been a host in Arizona and while I was living in Dublin, Ireland.


I have had nothing but positive experiences. I have met many interesting characters and generous people who have opened up their homes to me and shown me all around their cities, towns or surroundings. I am a firm believer that Couchsurfing is really the best to use when traveling, because it allows you to get acquainted with a place in an entirely different way.


our planet. music, accordions, writing, building stuff, power tools and saws, organic farming, robotics, architecture, repurposing things, fixing up old buildings, engineering, storytelling, journalism, photography/photojournalism, documentaries, cooking and baking, poetry, film, yoga, composting/gardening, permaculture, cob building, meditation, volunteer work, hitchhiking, dumpster diving, solar cooking, bicycling/bicycles, kayaking, climbing, foreign policy, art, government, sustainability, anything outdoors, activism, peace, martial arts, soccer/futbol, sewing/clothing design, vintage things, running, marathons, snowboarding, obscure places, languages, things I don't know enough about, most things that are not mainstream

  • arts
  • writing
  • poetry
  • architecture
  • design
  • photography
  • documentaries
  • cooking
  • baking
  • vegetarian
  • vegan
  • yoga
  • marathon
  • running
  • meditation
  • gardening
  • clothing
  • traveling
  • volunteer work
  • blogging
  • dumpster diving
  • music
  • guitar
  • piano
  • outdoor activities
  • backpacking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving
  • snowboarding
  • martial arts
  • rock climbing
  • soccer
  • engineering
  • journalism
  • languages
  • hitchhiking
  • volunteering

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: Chet Baker, Animal Collective, Shovels & Rope, Tame Impala, Billie Holiday, Beirut, She & Him, Sigur Ros, Bombino, CocoRosie, Bibio, Atlas Sound, Ani Difranco, The Arcade Fire, tUnE-YarDs, Future Islands, Andrew Bird, Crystal Castles, My Morning Jacket, Devendra Banhart, Smashing Pumpkins, Beach House, Led Zeppelin, Yann Tiersen, Spoon, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wolfmother, The Mars Volta, Rasputina, Julieta Venegas, Neko Case, Bjork, Rilo Kiley, The Cure, The Clash, David Bowie

Films: The Big Short, Interstellar, Baraka, Food, Inc., MILK, The US vs. John Lennon, Frida, Amelie, Forks Over Knives, Dancer in the Dark, Nosferatu, Almost Famous, Little Miss Sunshine, Moulin Rouge, Edward Scissorhands, Trainspotting, V for Vendetta, Artificial Intelligence, The Gold Rush, Donnie Darko, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Lord of the Rings, Garden State, The 5th Element, The Rules of Attraction

Books: A Short History of Nearly Everything; Into Thin Air; most things by Charles Bukowski; Into the Wild; Beautiful Souls; The Places In Between; When the Rivers Run Dry; The Old Man and the Sea; Cadillac Desert; The Dharma Bums; Love in the Time of Cholera; Siddhartha; A Clockwork Orange; The Awakening; The Glass Castle; The Plague; Disappeared: A Journalist Silenced; Sense & Sensibility; Omnivore's Dilemma; Eat, Pray, Love; Timequake

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

This is rather subjective. I guess one would be: moved out of California and quit my jobs.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can share my knowledge/skills, to varying degrees, in: writing/editing, photography, some photo editing, cameras, wildland firefighting, organic farming, teaching English, gardening, composting, vermicomposting, planting things, guitar, piano, Japanese and Spanish (rusty), sewing, backpacking, hitchhiking, running/marathon training, Taekwondo, bicycles/bicycling, WordPress, yoga, culinary exploration (esp. vegetarian/vegan/oil-free), cooperative living, solar cooking and music.

I still have much left to learn and experience regarding all of the above; I would like to teach and continue to learn as well.

I created a blog that covers my experience living in Ireland and traveling through Europe during the summer of 2010. If you are going there (namely Ireland, London, Germany, Finland or Spain) you might find it useful:

What I Can Share with Hosts

Excellent guest-ing skills, including but not limited to: conversation, cleanliness, consideration for others (especially hosts), low maintenance, compassion, cooking/baking. Also anything from the category above.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Guatemala, Peru, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Ireland, United States

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