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"There is a time for departure, even when there's no certain place to go" --Tennessee Williams
Love to travel and explore new cultures, meet new people and practice new activities. Nature and looking up at the sky bring me peace. Love to hold LONG conversations for just about anything, specially if it deals with 'the meaning and purpose of life' and God. Favorite question 'Why?'
Love to laugh and have a good-time all the time and make people feel special. Easily drawn to intelligent, eccentric individuals that see life out of the box. Love to sleep and dread waking up early, indecisive at times, quiet if necessary and sometimes prefer to be on my own.
Constantly seeking truth and the beauty of things. A true romantic and dreamer at heart. Befriending people from different cultures is my talent and visiting their countries my goal. Try not to take life too seriously, but always live my experiences intensely and passionately.
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
-By Max Erhmann
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I have been blessed with great kindness in my travels and now it's my turn to give back that generosity.
Amazing memories with incredible people, and more than that building beautiful friendships.
Family, Friends, Scuba Diving, Camping, Nature, Road Trips, The World Cup, Photography, Art, Independent and International Films, NGOs, Activism, Languages, Cultures, Religions & Spirituality, Politics, Children, Issues w/ 3rd world Countries, Agriculture, Environment, Plants, Sustainability, Conservation, Triathlons, 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathons, Cultural Traditions, World Cuisines, Great Conversations, Laughter, Passion & Love.
Music, Movies, and Books
Too many to list, so I'll go for the #1 choice
Book: The Alchemist
Music: Any traditional Arabic music and Bob Marley.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Visiting Macchu Picchu was breathtaking and overwhelming.
Transformed into a Geisha for a day in Kyoto, Japan
Had an epiphany with a profound sense of awe and peace with God when looking over the Grand Canyon.
Saw a the most vibrant 290 degree rainbow while looking out into Iguazu Fall on the Brazil side.
Risked my life while crossing the Andes mountains at night, with fog and possible guerrilla attack...can't describe that feeling, but it was raw and totally exhilarating..priceless.
Climbed Dune 45 to witnessed the most spectacular and powerful sunrise.
Welcomed into the home of a Himba Tribe and learned about their customs and traditions.
Near death experience: Survived category 5, White Water Rafting in the Zambezi River. Never again!
Saw Cappadoccia for the first time at dawn rising on a hot Air balloon on my birthday! Breathtaking!
Teach, Learn, Share
Teach: How to get anything you want while traveling..I call it "working the system". The worse that could happen..a 'No'.
Learn: Languages, I need someone I can practice with (french, italian, portuguese and Arabic)
Share: why not?
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican City State, Zimbabwe
Countries I’ve Lived In
Italy, Peru, United States