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"I said to the sun, 'Tell me about the big bang.' The sun said, 'it hurts to become.'"
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
A couchsurfer in the Virgin Islands once took me out to lunch and told me "couchsurfing restored my faith in humanity." people -- instigated by the media -- are just so afraid of each other these days, so the best way to participate is to do exactly that, restore faith in humanity.
KAZAKHSTAN: 40 hour round trip train ride into the heart of the Kazakh nomadic community, and to visit the Mausoleum of Yasawi. The people, the characters, the other-worldiness of the post-Soviet world we arrived in, was surreal and spectacular.
PORTUGUESE ISLAND, MOZAMBIQUE: Got lost in a rainforest on a tiny island in between Madagascar and Mozambique. There was nothing there but a gigantic prison system full of old chains and bones of slave-criminals.
FRANCE: Slept underneath the Eiffel Tower, surrounded by French Police officers, after spending the first night at a hotel on the Champ Elysees for free (long story). Even crazier, a friend of mine is now the owner of that hotel: http://www.champselysees-paris-hotel.com/ ....life is just crazy sometimes
festivals, languages, spontaneous encounters, island cultures, film, breakdancing to old disco vinyls remixed, graphitti art, futebol, etc etc etc
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: Elevator to the Gallows, The Lives of Others, Bourne Trilogy, Orfeu Negro, 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Chinatown, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Psycho, Inception, Ran, etc.
Music: 5'nizza (Jah soldaaat!), Revelacao, Royskopp, Flying Lotus, Radiohead, Jazz, Pink Floyd, Hendrix, Nujabes, etc.
Books: Beat Generation, collected works of Neruda, memoirs, I AM THAT
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
very hard to name 1...
1. At a hotel 3 blocks from Tahrir Square, I watched a revolution explode in Cairo, Egypt.
2: I lived in a destroyed part of the Bolivian Amazon, in a Japanese colony of World War II immigrants from the island of Okinawa for 1 and a half years, and at this time also became friends w/ many family members of nazis who went in hiding.
3: I went three times (the second time to make sure I wasn't dreaming) -- to the Guinness Book of world records largest party ever held in a single night: 2.1 million people Reveillon on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro.
Teach, Learn, Share
I want to share my sincerity. Something beautiful happens, I find, when people wear their hearts on their sleeves and are open to others.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Countries I’ve Visited
Andorra, Anguilla, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Nigeria, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican City State, Virgin Islands, British, Virgin Islands, U.S.
Countries I’ve Lived In
Bolivia, Brazil, United States