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Carlos M. Cardenas

Sevilla, Andalusia, Spain

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Overview

  • 136 Positive References
  • Ambassador
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning Spanish
  • 49, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Entrepreneur / Always a Student
  • University Yonkie...really, ask if c...
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Se hace camino al andar

ABOUT ME

Although I may look steady for the new eye, I am very active ;-) I usually work for whatever I deeply believe in, an amateur philosopher, and very touched by human abuse of any kind. Hope this intrigues you.

Love to travel, I like to meet people from everywhere. Usually very positive & optimistic at mostly all times. Passionate and enthusiastic are words I hear often when people describe me.

I am an easy going, open and laid back type of person. Enjoy music, hiking, reading and dinners al fresco (among many other things). However, even though I am many times successful at pretending the opposite, I am a shy person.

The following part I copied directly from my friend's profile Pinkfish, one of the purest souls I found in CS, but her description also applies to me: "I am very direct and sometimes painfully honest, but accompanied with a BIG heart and always with a pure and positive intention."

I have discovered that I am happiest when I share, my things, life and dreams (wanna share yours too?!).

Originally a communications student (among maaaany other things ;-), life has taken me to many paths and now I research and get involved in some projects.

PHILOSOPHY

Always think with your heart. Please, read this part again.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

IMHO, Hospitality Exchange is changing the world. The possibilities of growth multiply learning from, meeting "friends to be", and sharing wonderful moments from people with many different backgrounds and cultures. It can help raise people hearts & souls.

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I am just another thankful member :-)

Started a few years ago when the Community was growing and had the fortune to contribute building it along with organizing and also helping organize some activities while living and hosting in Sevilla. Here are a few examples of past events (not the party type) posted for reference, please feel free to copy & paste in case you find any ideas for yours :-)

Empanada Night! was the first CS Event ever organized in south Spain and surprisingly about a dish from Galicia, in northwest Spain, we had such a great time it was impossible to stop making events. If you live near a beach you might find interesting organizing something like The Long Beach Weekend, do you live near one?. Or if you live in a very warm place, like Sevilla is during summer, why not organizing a Moonlight Picnic?. I am not discovering anything by saying that full moons are always an very good excuse to look at the skies and party :-) Summer Last Full Moon (yes, this was a party!). If you have been in Spain I am sure you have heard about the all time loved Tortilla de Patatas I am sure you have an speciality dish in your country/area. Winter holidays in Spain are specially long so we took the opportunity to organize a Three Kings Dinner which is a tradition unheard of in many other countries. When CS was achieving 1 million members (I really don't know how many we are now, the more, the merrier, but you can celebrate 4, 5 or a billion members :-) CS Million Members Gathering Ah! Nostalgic!. Living close to another country is a great reason to celebrate an international gathering, like this one Algarve - Andalucia Gathering to get close to neighbors and discover they are usually closer than you think (Part 2 here). And there are always many reasons to gather and share, not only dinners or parties, for instance, if you are moving to another place and no longer need some of your stuff, why not share them or give them away like we did here in Adios Adriano!. Finally, Fran said once, how about a really huge gathering on the beach? So he came out with Tarifa Beach Gathering, a complete success. Interested in the classic Tarifa gathering which happens every year? Fran is the great master organizer :-)

Recently we organized The Weekend of Living Naturally, a country side gathering in the Sierra de Aracena natural park where participants shared their skills in the many and diverse workshops (thank YOU guys!!). It was a complete & happy success and we had an extraordinary time learning, sharing, having fun, mingling with the local community and making friends from all over the world!

I am also a CS Ambassador. Willing to humbly help and meet you :-)

As many other people, I have been lucky enough to volunteer in CS Collectives, which was a very positive experience, btw :-)

I also used to help with the CS Shop.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Fortunately, a lot :-) How can I describe what CS has meant? It is impossible to tell all the great people/experieces I had with this community! I have hosted/met many great people and friends.

Interests

Please refer to Yahoo! Directory for this answer, and to meet people to talk about it :-)

Music, Movies & Books

Is this a trick question?

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Being part of this amazing Community :-) I had the opportunity to volunteer on a Turtle Conservation Program in Greece during one month. It is amazing and emotional to see how the little turtles run to the sea, the brightest light they can see when they hatch. Being part of that has been one of the best experiences ever. Interested? Maybe you too can volunteer, wanna help the turtles?!Wait!! Alaska, we had to put our food up in a tree so bears wouldn´t eat it while we were sleeping in our tents next to a lagoon in the middle of a breathtaking landscape Thanks Jessi!), or flying over the mountains in a floatplane (Forever in my heart Wes & Stephanie :-) And in Junneau we saw, whales bubble netting when visiting friend Tom. How about that?! You better get there soon!!!!

I also have to mention fire walking, it gives you a very different perspective of life :-)

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach: Who is who in classic bossa-nova, how to cook spanish tortilla (this I just learned) & some vegan dishes, how to make a good deal, why the river in Sevilla looks so calm, why you shouldn´t built your theme park next to a beach, some meditation techniques, some underwater archaeology ...

Learn: All of the above and please, teach me something, I am a learning addict!

Share: As much as possible. Really.

Countries I've Visited

Belgium, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Niger, Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

Belgium, Mexico, Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States

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