Hello there. I hail from the heart of Ohio, full of rolling corn fields and college football. I lived and roamed in and out of a few cities there before moving to Portland in October of 2015, which I have been loving ever since. A traveler at heart, I have been to several countries in Europe, a few in Africa, and more than half of the states in the U.S. Next on my list is either Central or South America to brush up on that college Spanish I am losing fast. An educator, artist, and goof-ball at heart, my interests lie in the melding between art, movement, and mindfulness, specifically yoga and meditation. I also like to get down with mixing abnormal smoothie combos and herbal concoctions. So if you like a conversation full of friendly jokes and sharing of stories don’t be shy to say hi.
What’s your favorite thing say in another language?
This summer while traveling in Tanzania and Kenya I was suddenly immersed in Swahili. After about three weeks I had picked up many words and phrases that just seemed to roll off the tongue in a way different from English. Lala Salama means sleep peacefully and you usually say it in the way you might say goodnight. My other favorite phrase is Habari za Asubuhi which means both good morning and how are you at the same time. It is what you say when first arising and is both a question and a greeting.
Where is your next travel destination and why?
My next stop on my life journey will probably be somewhere in South America where I have my eye on Argentina. After traveling to several countries in Africa this summer where I didn’t speak the language and noticing that I was still able to connect with others with mostly non-verbal communication and little words and phrases, I realized how much deeper I could connect with others if I actually spoke their language. Thus I decided that I needed to continue to practice my Spanish through travel and volunteering. I hope to engage in some sort of work exchange in Argentina so that I can be immersed in that culture for long enough to regain my fluency.
What is your favorite Portland beer?
My favorite beer is the Mum Wheat Stout from Burnside Brewing. Brewed by some of the best brewers in the country, it is a dark dream and goes down smooth. Get over there and have some!
What do you like most about working at our hostel?
I love working in an environment that values diversity and making others feel welcome. I love working where I know that I can interact with people from all over the world and engage in cultural exchanges on a daily basis.