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"Live as if I were to die tomorrow. Learn as if I were to live forever"
Hmmm, about me...I'm often inspired, curious, adventure seeking, and very happy to be alive.
I've spent more years traveling than I can count on one hand...Coincidentally I also have more hands than years I have spent working any sort of normal job.
Most recently I bought a classic vintage motorcycle in India named Bala (Maybe you will meet her ;)). I rode her 20,000k, 10 months... all through India and Nepal and then all the way back to Spain, through 20 countries...through wind, rain, snow, mud, and sand, across rivers, lakes, and seas. Best lesson I learned....PEOPLE ARE GOOD. Kindness and generosity are alive and well in this world.
I have an extreme enthusiasm for life's little gifts, an ability to find the 'adventure' in anything. I'm a collector of experiences. I love observing people as if they were characters in a book. I notice great details and it enriches my life. I love anything that is so powerful, impressive, or touching that it gives me goosebumps...Those are the kind of experiences I am constantly searching for.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
"If you never did it, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good." -Dr. Seuss
PASSIONS: Travel, Literature, Music, Nature,
THINGS I ENJOY: Hiking, camping, climbing, photography, experimental photography, cooking, art, riding bikes around the neighborhood after a few drinks, a few drinks, cultural events and festivals, wine, chocolate eclairs, libraries (the older the better), sneaking into events that I dont have tickets to, trains, things that give me goosebumps, stories and storytelling, storms, passports, SCUBA diving, mosquito nets, interesting people, urban adventuring and exploration, art installations, fireworks, museums, picnics, mountains, the color orange, old buildings, really old opera recordings, milkshakes, good beer, people watching, spanish, star-gazing, serendipity, waterfalls, foreign movies, deep/philosophical conversations, magic, very green landscapes, airports and airplanes, podcasts, second hand stores and flea markets, botanical gardens, sunsets and sunrises, hot sauce, climbing trees, gypsies, vaudeville, introducing people to new things, bees
Music, Movies, and Books
FOLK, WORLD, JAZZ, BLUES, GYPSY, CLASSIC ROCK, CLASSICAL, OPERA
Scott Claassen, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Yann Tiersen, Manu Chao, Boubacar (Kar-Kar) Traore, Ali Farka Toure, Nick Drake, Iron and Wine, Be Good Tanyas, Django Reinhardt, Devendra Banhart, Thierry "Titi" Robin, Les Yeux Noirs, Kroke, Rene Aubry, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, Simon and Garfunkel, Rolling Stones, The Band, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, John Fahey, Sublime, Gotan Project, Hank Williams, Ray Charles, Cesaria Evora, Compay Segundo, Buena Vista Social Club, Miriam Makeba, Joao Gilberto, Gilberto Gil, Jorge Ben, Edith Piaf, Chavela Vargas, Goran Bregovic, 17 Hippies, Thomas Fersen, Petra Magoni/Musica Nuda, 5nizza, Rupa & the April Fishes, Emily Loizeau, Llasa de Sela, Marisa Monte, Cat Power,
Amelie, City of Lost Children, Baraka, Koyannisqatsi, Y Tu Mama Tambien, In the Mood for Love, 2046, Cinema Paradiso, Emir Kusturica movies (Black Cat White Cat, In the Time of the Gypsies), The Big Lebowski, Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Amores Perros, Indiana Jones, The Princess Bride, Magnolia, Royal Tenenbaums, Darjeeling Limited, Pan's Labyrinth, City of God, Life is Beautiful, Lovers of the Arctic Circle, Wild Tales, Pulp Fiction, Motorcycle Diaries, Being John Malkovich, Why we Fight, Fog of War, The Corporation, Il Postino, Simon, The Fall, Fanny & Alexander, There Will be Blood, Woody Allen movies, Charlie Chaplin Movies, The Planet Earth series
JOHN STEINBECK, JACK KEROUAC, ERNEST HEMINGWAY, GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ, MARK TWAIN
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Tortilla Flat, East of Eden, Grapes of Wrath, The Sun Also Rises, Farewell to Arms, Sound and the Fury, Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, The Prophet, Slaughterhouse Five, Jitterbug Perfume, Catch-22, Lolita, The Great Gatsby, 9 Stories, 1984, Ishmael, Into the Wild, The Alchemist, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey, The Little Prince, Master and Margarita, The Future of Life, The Razors Edge, The Picture of Dorian Grey
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I think everyone should try and so something EVERY DAY that they can put in this box.
Today, I didn't hit the SNOOZE button.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Argentina, Costa Rica, Guatemala, India, Kenya, United States