Tavi Merrill

Tucson, AZ, United States

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  • temp between jobs
  • B.S. Sustainable Ag.
  • From Burlington, MA
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About Me

Putting life in Tucson on hold until November to spend some time in Bucksport, Maine with my elderly father, then another cross-country surf trip to get back to my desert home!

Raised & homeschooled in Boston 'burbs + 12 years in rural Maine. Have done seasonal agricultural work, student-managed a CSA farm, lived on a seabird island, produced outreach videos for researchers, and rambled from Alaska to Iraq. I strive imperfectly to live a bicycle-based urban life and stay in touch with nature, gardening when i can. I'm a novice motorcyclist.

Working a temp job while i hunt for financial, writing or agriculture employment.
Other writing happens sometimes on my blog www.ramblingwejak.blogspot.com
Sometimes i gig as a contradance caller www.tavimerrill.com

Life is a river, it courses through us like a warm wind left over from a tropical storm. When i dip my hands in - i know ever better that i cannot hold it, but i can feel the current.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

Everyone has their own CS style. We have different needs at different times as we journey. Sometimes it's about sharing experiences and cultural exchange. Other times a body just needs a place to crash.

As a surfer i work to respect my hosts; as a host, to be flexible, whether you need someone to show you around or if you just want quiet space and a pillow. I welcome first-time CSers, seasoned world travellers and everyone between.


Home ownership, gymming, growing and cooking food, writing, playing backgammon, photography and filmmaking, music (singing, piano, violin)

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Babel, C.R.A.Z.Y., Contact, In the Name Of, Kebab Connection, Le Fate Ignoranti, Waltz with Bashir, Inception, A Single Man, Skyfall, Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Cloud Cult, Clean Bandit, Hundred Waters, Watsky, Tycho, Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Ros, Junip, The War on Drugs, Bruce Peninsula, Arstidir, The Deadly Gentlemen, Peatbog Faeries, Old Blind Dogs, Brooks & Dunn, Josh Turner, Sneaker Pimps, Owsey, Fijiwiji, Suduaya, Engima, Mercan Dede, Ivri Lider

The Alchemist, Le Petit Prince, Tao te Ching, Up From Eden (& other Ken Wilber), A Sand County Almanac, Sex Economy Freedom and Community (& other Wendell Berry), Ancient Futures

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Working on 6-hectare Petit Manan Island as a research assistant trapping and measuring terns, i saw more than a thousand terns mobbing two bald eagles as the eagles tried to snag an eider chick. A black-backed gull snuck in to try its own luck. Puffins, guillemots, terns, and peregrine falcons were our daily company, as i counted seabirds from atop the lighthouse.

**hosting 12 CSers en route from Vancouver to Rio de Janiero on the World Cup Bus**

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach/share: music, folkdance, seed saving (i know a little to teach/share, there's always more to learn): strength training, basic yoga, motorcycling, basic bicycle maintenance, healthy cooking Learn: strength training, calisthenics, advanced yoga, finance, political science

What I Can Share with Hosts

I'm a storyteller and a talker. Happy to swap travel tales and delve into deep conversations and rare, precious deeper silences. But i'm not really that zen.

I'm always impressed by surfers who come with a memento of their provenance. A better self would do that. My style is offering to pick up groceries you need, cooperative cooking and if you drink, showing up with a six-pack to toast to acquaintance. Let me know your beverage preference, including non-alc.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Denmark, Georgia, Iceland, Iraq, Sweden, Turkey, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Turkey, United States

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