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Diego Armando Arana

Oakland, CA, USA

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Overview

  • 15 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning Portuguese
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Pedaling through las Americas
  • art.
  • From Watsonville, Califas, the US country.
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

And if the elevator tries to bring you down, go crazy! punch a higher floor!

ABOUT ME

I'm a Warrior not a Worrier.

PHILOSOPHY

A cruise ship docked in a tiny fishing village. While at port, an American tourist complimented a capoeirista, fishing on a dock, on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them. "Not very long," answered the Capoeira. "But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American. The Capoeira explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family. The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?" "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, play capoeira and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life." The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge enterprise." "How long would that take?" asked the Capoeira. "Twenty, perhaps 25 years," replied the American. "And after that?" "Afterwards? That's when it gets really interesting," answered the American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!" "Millions? Really? And after that?" "After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, playa capoeira, catch a few fish, take a siesta, and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends."

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

So far by getting verified. Would like to start by putting on my wetsuit and jumping into the waters of travel. I heard there is a sweet swell headed my way....(couch)surf's up!

Update: Caught the wave!!!!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Official couchsurfing.org experience: Hosted and been hosted.

Interests

Being humbled. Art. Capoeira. Food. Eating. Football aka Soccer. Karaoke. Friends. Eating. Bowling ('95 junior champ! also part of the NPG crew). Family. Travel. Music. Eating (did I say eating already?) Dance. Expression. Days off. Trading ideas. My Lady.

Music, Movies & Books

I enjoy late night movies. A few that come to mind are Baraka, Schindlers List, City of lost Children, Harold and Maude, Little Miss Sunshine, Amores Perros, Central Station, I am Cuba, Scarface, Shaolin Soccer, Leon the Professional, Up, Johnny Depp movies. I listen to music at least 80 percent of my day. While biking I listen to local and underground hip hop, reggae, salsa, cumbia, funk, break beats, old school, afrobeat, Prince (he gets his own genre), jarocho, son cubano, instrumental, chicha, samba, soul, classical, old rock, baby Michael (he gets his own genre too), forro, coco, capoeira music etc. etc. etc. I read on public transportation. Usually I like reading novels but enjoy anything that keeps my interest and books with pictures and large fonts :) Cook books are always inspiring. A few fav's are To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee, I am America (and so can you) - Stephen Colbert, Don Quixote - Cervantes, Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse, The Illustrated Alchemist - Paulo Coelho (most Paulo books), Still Life with Woodpecker - Tom Robbins, Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain, The Teachings of Don Juan - Carlos Castaneda, One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Open Veins of Latin America - Eduardo Galeano

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Survived living on earth.

Climbed Mt. Rinjani through an earthquake! I'm amazed I made it alive.

Currently on a year long bicycle/capoeira journey from the San Francisco Bay Area to Salvador da Bahia. Check out this wonderful project at: www.b2bjogacapoeira.com

Teach, Learn, Share

I'll trade my couch for some learning!

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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