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I think the adjetives that can describe me the most are easygoing, passionate, curious and creative.
I was born and raised in the hottest and coolest city from Venezuela (If you don't know where it is, it's right next to Colombia) and for many years I had in my head the dream of traveling around the globe and later on when the country started to collapse... it became a matter of checking out a new place that makes me feel like home to settle down. So after finishing my degree, wrapping everything up and saying goodbyes I left!
Since then I lived some time in United States, Spain and France. Most of the time I lived in big cities, so I feel at ease surrounded by buildings and crowded places, but lately I have been doing some volunteer work while I freelance on countryside as I travel through Europe.
Right now I have my location back home so let me know if you are visiting, I could provide good info and maybe arrange hosting with my family or a friend. If you wanna contact me it may be quicker trough instagram (and that way you save a message in case you don't have unlimited ones) my user is @a4shots.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
At the beginning it was pure curiosity and it just happened that everything came together in a way it made sense to try it.
After my first experiences where I made some of my most pure and eccentric friendships, it made me realize that just like many travel biographies the journeys get a lot more flavor from the people you meet, sometimes them being the most heartwarming memories from this journey called life.
After having so many adventures in this community, I joke with the idea that I've stories for every subgenre there is like comedies, thrillers, drama, etc.
- interior design
- graphic design
- music festivals
- live music
- rock music
- rock climbing
- track and field
- reading books
- nerdy stuff
- comic books
- scary movies
Music, Movies, and Books
-Music: Opposite to the Latin stereotype, I listen to all kinds of rock subgenres, adding some funk, ska, jazz, folk and rap here and there. After a few years being away, I started to become more nostalgic so if you wanna check out that music I've got some playlist I could share or that we could try to play if you have instruments.
I have a bucket list of artist I would like to see live before anything happens to them, for now I have seen Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Ozzy, A7x, Foo Fighters, FFDP, Baroness, Mastodon, Primus, Stone Temple Pilots, Twenty One Pilots, Trivium, Eddie Vedder, Disturbed, Mumfords and Son's, Calle 13, Viniloversus, Caramelos de Cianuro, Rawayana, Jahkogba, Florence + the Machine, Fall Out Boy, Kings of Leon, Young the Giant, Leprous, Papa Roach, Los Amigos Invisibles, Children of Bodom, Tool, Scorpions, Slipknot, Stone Sour, Sum 41 and some others.
Right now the ones at the top of my bucket list are Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Pearl Jam, Gojira, SOAD and Opeth.
-Movies: My favorite movie and the main thing that opened my eyes many years ago is one probably thrown around a lot in here: Into the Wild. A movie about how leaving all behind to live your dream can be difficult but so much more rewarding than living an illusion because at least you can say you tried if you fail... and not be left wondering what if's.
Other of my favs are Birdman and LOTR. Some genres that I usually watch just to chill are horror, comedy, and comic books movies.
-TV Shows: Used to see lots of it in highschool and through university i usually saw episodes while eating, so I've seen a lot. My favourites would have to be Mad Men, Dexter, American Horror Story, Supernatural, How I Met Your Mother, Penny Dreadfull, Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad... have also enjoyed some other ones like The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, Stranger Things, Rick and Morty, many comic book shows and more.
-Books: My go-to genres are mostly adventure, fantasy, and mysteries. But I have also read on many other topics ranging from exercise, to detective investigations, traveling, survival tips and many others. My last reads are The Alchemist, The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Warcraft Chronicles III.
I'm currently reading one book about traveling Asia that a couple of this community wrote. If you have any recommendation it would be welcomed!
-Comics: Last time I tried to count the number of comics I have read with a file on my laptop, it was over 4000 and that was some years ago, so now who knows what number I'm at. Most of that was in high school and college rounding the usual superhero genre so if you are into it and you would like to discuss, we could have some geeky conversations.
Lately, I've been reading graphic novels from the library that depart to other genres, like Maus, Arrugas and Preacher, and some Indie ones.
-Videogames: used to play a lot in school and stopped at university, my favorites used to be halo, dota, lol, and wow. If I'm surfing at your place I'd be down to play something.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
-Battled wars with mosquitoes in the Great Sabana of Venezuela as a kid and survived.
-Once a cousin and me got KO'd before 60 seconds while entering a beach on the coast of Venezuela, he stepped on a ray and I stepped on a big thorn.
-Went to Bogota crossing the dangerous border with two friends to see a Foo Fighters show in Colombia.
-Did a 007 esque mission to see my favorite band Iron Maiden in Las Vegas.
-Impressed a chef with my oat pancakes.
-Slept on a haunted 100 years old mansion in my natal city, then did a thesis designing how to reintegrate it in the society of today as a film college.
-Went to United States with less than a thousand dollars and managed to backpack through the six months that allowed my VISA.
-Stayed in a church with a fellow surfer to attend a festival in California, assisted the service on Sunday morning where a family that was also attending the festival hosted and partied with us the last day.
-Hitchhiked for the first time 630km in a day, with a fellow couchsurfer that I had met the day before and we arrived at our destination despite the odds against us.
-Saw most of my favorite bands in person and even met some of them.
-Carried a couch through half of the city center of Madrid to my previous flat to help couchsurfers.
-Got caught in France in the middle of the pandemic lockdown.
-Cooked for 50 people in a summer camp in Switzerland.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can explain a great deal about the culture and the current state of Venezuela, United States or Spain and some places where I have been around. On top of preparing recipes from these places!
Will help with ideas and designs for your house, office, tattoos, logos and other things with my knowledge in architecture and graphic design.
Could teach the basics of dancing salsa, merengue, bachata, vallenato and other music genres.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Can teach the best Spanish slang from Latin America or Spain and how they change from one country to the next.
I'm a graduated architect so I can help with Interior designs, renovations, landscapes, inspections and many other design projects like a tattoo idea.
Can help with the chores, I used to cook all my foods before I left home and later on learned dishes and tricks of the trade from fellow surfers and some gigs in bars and restaurants. Could also make vegetarian recipes or traditional food from Venezuela.
I'm a bit tech savvy so I could also help with some software stuff.
Can teach how to stay in shape and progress in calisthenics (workout with your own body) which is useful to be healthy on a budget, train while you travel or if you are too lazy to go to the gym. These are becoming more and more popular with the whole COVID thing so if you are interested just ask.
Countries I’ve Visited
Andorra, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, Switzerland, United States, Venezuela
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, Germany, Spain, United States, Venezuela