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  • 145 references 88 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Chinese, English; learning Korean, Spanish
  • 37, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • Travel writer and blogger
  • UCLA undergraduate, George Washington University Law School
  • From San Diego, CA, USA
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About Me


Travel, write, photograph, and experience culture, people, and new adventures.

Visit all the UN-recognized countries in the world. (74/196)


I believe that everyone has something interesting and wonderful to offer the world and traveling has allowed me to see the best side of humanity. Forever grateful for all my CS hosts and friends I have met who are now like family.

I really enjoy hiking and camping, and have hiked to the tallest point in my city, county, as well as several US States.

I prefer off the beaten path places and spending time with locals learning about their history, culture, traditions, and food.

I am working on being anti-racist and dismantling my own internalized racism. I am pro-union, believe in minimizing waste and plastic usage, and think that housing, education, and healthcare are fundamental rights.


Without struggle, there is no progress.
Live to travel, travel to live.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I want to meet couch surfers around the world and make new friends. I love exchanging travel stories.


Photography. Writing. Traveling. Food. Music. Hiking. Camping.

  • photography
  • cooking
  • hiking
  • camping

Music, Movies, and Books

The Shawshank Redemption. Apocalypse Now. Citizen Kane. Fight Club. Anything Coen Brothers. 3:10 to Yuma. Wall-E. Cinema Paradiso. Bicycle Thief.

My music taste is all over the place. Currently jamming Kpop and Tibetan pop.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

In one dive, saw at least 5 manta rays and a whale shark, all in one place. Was my longest and most memorable dive (67 minutes).

Teach, Learn, Share

Google Maps GPS works without data plan so you can still navigate without internet.

Just buy a local SIM card with data. It's so worth it.

I'd love to learn about people's personal experiences regarding places they've traveled. What they loved and hated there. What sights they saw, what foods they ate.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I can cook for you, share interesting stories, or bring a bottle (wine, gin, whiskey, vodka).

Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, England, Fiji, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Laos, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saint Martin (French part), San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Sint Maarten (Dutch part), Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, U.S.

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, Morocco, United States

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