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CURRENT MISSION "Life is like riding a bicycle; To keep your balance you must keep moving." -ALBERT EINSTEIN" ABOUT ME For years, I have traveled around the world helping those in need for my foundation (www.causeandaffectfoundation.org). I raise money in the states to assist local schools, clinics, orphanages & NGOs in the developing world. After living in Brazil for many years, (my favorite country in the world), i started teaching history/literature in International Schools in countries like Japan, Egypt and now China. I was traveling for many years, so I am happy to finally call someplace home, but I still love revisiting favorite places, exploring new destinations and meeting fellow travelers.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING Over the past 12 years, during my travels to other countries to help local projects through my non-profit Cause & Affect Foundation, I have been doing a LOT of couchsurfing and love to meet locals this way. I am a VERY respectable guest and great cook so would be happy to share stories, laughs and positive energy. COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE: hosted tons of travelers and been hosted by quite a few as well. I love the CS philosophy!
Music dominates me. When it's feel good time, nothing can replace some deep progressive house. And though my mom thought I would outgrow it by 25, I am still a hip-hop junkie. Being such a beachboy, I often find myself soothed by reggae and as a true Brazilophile, I am entranced by the smooth sounds of musica brasilera. Can't forget my Chicago roots: blues and soulful house. My travels have exposed me to so many foreign jewels, with everything from Hindu spiritual music, Arabic pop, African gospel and Venezuelan hip-hop.
- scuba diving
- house music
Music, Movies, and Books
Though my favorite must be "Amadeus" I must give props to European cinema; the French, Spanish and Italians have taken cinema to a higher level.
I am an avid reader, but favorites include Salman Rushdie, Italo Calvino, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Herman Hesse.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Exploring Indonesia, I lived with the indigenous Mentawi tribe on a tiny island off the west coast of Sumatra called Siberut. Learned a lot from the shaman. The entire trip felt like I was living in a Discovery TV program. Amazing indeed.
Teach, Learn, Share
I am an avid yoga practitioner. Since I learned it from other travelers over the last 12 years, I am happy to share my knowledge with fellow Couchsurfers.
What I Can Share with Hosts
smiles, music, dinners, travel advice
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, England, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macao, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Oman, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Scotland, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, British, Virgin Islands, U.S., Zambia, Zimbabwe
Countries I’ve Lived In
Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, United States