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Alex Martin

Washington, DC, USA

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Overview

  • 122 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning Portuguese
  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Impact Investing - like Microfinance...
  • undergrad in North Carolina and educ...
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Find an apartment in DC

ABOUT ME

World Travels

visited 27 states (12%)Create your own visited map of The World

US Travels

visited 26 states (52%)Create your own visited map of The United States

I am not happy if I'm not travelling! I lived in Valencia, Spain for one year on exchange and absoluely loved it there. But what I really loved is that it's so easy to travel around Europe. I went to 16 countries during my exchange year, many by CS. I spent summer 2012 biking through Argentina and Bolivia with a fellow CSer, then spent some time doing sustainable agriculture in Honduras. Now I live in Mexico City.

One of the things that I enjoy most about travel is talking with people I meet about politics and current events to gain a new perspective and see what they have to say about everything. I can talk for hours. I also love doing things outdoors, going to CS meetings and eating. New food is a great part of travel, except when you end up in a hospital in rural Argentina. Actually that's a pretty good story and I'm glad it happened.

Hablo español también. Empecé a estudiarlo cuando tení­a 6 años...entonces sé­ hablo bien y si no sabes inglés, no hay problema! Si estás estudiando inglés, puedo ayudarte si quieres. He enseñado inglés por varios estudiantes.

When I'm not working, I read pithy enthnographies about exploitative American companies ruining Latin America. Or I watch Adventure Time or Archer, or start cooking. There are some good bars in Mexico City and my boyfriend and I frequent them.

PHILOSOPHY

Friends are the best thing in the world. Traveling is good for you. Making friends and travelling at the same time is my favorite way to spend my free time. Share what you have, and take every opportunity.

Also, something I learned from boy scouts: Leave the earth better than you found it.

Don't limit yourself: think BIG!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Where I've surfed:
hospitable Hendrik in Berlin
amazing Anna Maria and friends in Wroclaw, Poland
super Semir and Kate in Krakow
crazy Krys and Pawel in Warsaw
ambitious Andrew in Gdansk
jolly Jemry in Madrid
kind-hearted Kristen and Ignacio in Santander
harmonious Hernan in Santander
bodacious Bogdan in Santander
Noor lo mejor in Marrakech
joyous Can in Izmir, Turkey
magical Mustafa in Istanbul

Who I've hosted:
cool Kuba and Kasia from Poland
marvelous Maja and friends from Wroclaw, Poland
blithe Brita from US
out-of-this-world Olle from Göteborg, Sweden
mischevious Martin and splendid Sam from Manchester
lively Liz and Nico from Colonia, Germany
mutig Matt from Cádiz/England
outgoing Olka, Kasia, Camille and Michael from Poland
totally british Tory and Ian from UK
mastermind Manuel from Wilhelmshaven
ebullient Etienne from Toulouse, France
soprano Stefano from Milano
jaunty Jan and Alex from the US
splendid Sofia from Finland

Events attended:
Meeting in bar in Santander
Meeting in Café in Marrakech
Language exchange in Marrakech
Meetings in bars in Valencia
Meetings on the beach in Valencia
Botellón in Valencia
Hikes to Montanejos and other places close to Valencia

...and many more. Wish I still kept this updated.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Going solo for 12 days in Poland and visiting 4 different cities and making countless friends. I learned what it was like to grow up under communism from someone who did it.

Living with my friend Noor and his family for a week in Marrakech and being accepted as part of their family, learning about Islam and making friends with all of his friends.

Hosting 4 surfers at once and for the entire month of May 2010 only having 5 nights where there were no guests. Climbing over the air mattress to get to my closet and racing to get the hot water. Countless meals at our big table with the A-Team and our surfers. Hosting Manuel for a week because he requested 3 days with me and 4 with my roommate hahaha

Biking in Argentina and Bolivia with Eze, who I found on CS and didn't meet until I actually got there. We biked for 2 months and now he's in Mexico. A great friend and an incredible experience.

Interests

in no particular order: sustainable agriculture, coffee, latin america, learning portuguese, socially responsible business (and business as a tool for human development), politics, independent film, modern art, photography (looking at others', not doing my own), BIKING as a form of transit and as a way to travel, public transit and how we can improve it in the US, renewable energy, stealing your music playlist, board games, yerba mate, LGBT rights

Music, Movies & Books

Movies:
Wes Anderson (Darjeeling Limited, Rushmore Academy, Moonrise Kingdom), Walkabout (Australia - excellent for CSers), I Heart Huckabees, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Paris J'taime, Diarios de Motocicleta, Pan's Labyrinth, Monty Python (Holy Grail, Meaning of Life, Life of Bryan), Crash, Hot Fuzz, Inglorious Basterds, Django, Dr. Doolittle (the Original), Babel, 101 Dalmatians (animated), UP

Cine Mexicana: Nosotros Los Nobles, No Sé Cortarme las Venas o Dejarlas Largas, No Se Aceptan Devoluciones

Music:
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Ben Sollee, Architecture in Helsinki, Sigur Rós, Coldplay, Cake, Devendra Banhardt, MGMT, Juanes, Jarabe de Palo, The Beatles, The Avett Brothers, Gillian Welch, The Duhks, Simon & Garfunkel, Queen, Kevin Johansen

Books:
CSers you will love this travel writing. New anthologies every year, and some of the writers go couchsurfing. Plus they tend to see the world the way we do - with open eyes.
Catch-22, Dickens - Great Expectations, Bleak House, Nicholas Nickelby, Tale of Two Cities, Crime and Punishment, Harry Potter (Azkaban is the best), The Giver, Travel Writing, Short Stories - Flannery O'Connor, All Creatures Great and Small, Philip Pullman-His Dark Materials, Artemis Fowl and anything by Eoin Colfer, Kurt Vonnegut - Cat's Cradle, pithy ethnographies about exploitative labor systems

Blogs:
Bridges and Borders: a blog by a fellow Fulbright who documents Mexican migration
The Walk of the Immigrants: a friend travels through Latin America while hitchiking. Photos on sale fund the school where his parents grew up in rural Mexico.
Marina Eats: a project by my cousin who is doing lots of cool things with food
Glued to a French Post: one of my best friends writing about her always fascinating life

One Amazing Thing I've Done

One of the most amazing experiences of my life was staying with a family in Maya Centre, Belize. I lived with the family for a week and adapted to the Belizean culture. I was traveling with friends from University and we went to the Cockscomb Jaguar Sancturary and saw a wild Tapir and a Kinkajoo. We also went snorkeling in Punta Gorda, which has the 2nd largest coral reef in the world. Belize is beautiful and I want to go back someday.

Teach, Learn, Share

I LOVE to cook. We can teach each other new recipes. I have a fairly international taste and can also make lots of vegetarian stuff. Also I want to learn your vegetarian recipes.

I like talking about the politics of the EU and Latin America (and the US during elections) so if you have any interest at all good luck getting me to stop talking about it - I will keep you up until 6 am.

He trabajado como maestro de inglés, pues te puedo ayudar con algunas dudas con nuestro idioma complejo.
If you are a beginner in Spanish, I can teach you some of the basics and share my favorite resources on how to learn.

Countries I've Visited

Belgium, Belize, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

Mexico, Spain, United States

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