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Overview

  • 165 references 121 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, French, Spanish; learning Chinese, Portuguese
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2014
  • Ingsoc's Newspeak Linguist
  • Still learning
  • From Armenia, Quindío, Colombia
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About Me

My goal is to live a happy, healthy and peaceful life.
I enjoy meeting new people, sharing experiences, helping others and learning from different cultures.

I'm passionate about literature, music, and languages. I love exploring the world, either through books, by traveling, or just meeting new people.
I also like dumb memes and sarcasm.

I'm a Linguistic professor. I teach courses on languages, literature, films and Spanish-language.

I was born and raised in Quindío, Colombia. Moved to the US in 2017.

ME AS A SURFER:
I like to think I don't travel to visit places, but to visit people.

I often have mixed feelings about the way people travel to fancy destinations and stay at luxurious hotels; they might get the general picture, but they definitely miss the real experience. Like hovering above the planet in a helicopter with a pair of binoculars...

AS A HOST:
I value respect, kindness and communication above all.

Keep in mind, please: this is Couchsurfing, a community; NOT A FREE-AIRBNB APP!

I don't like to dance, going to pubs, or getting drunk; so please keep it in mind as I might not be your best option.

On the other hand, if you're someone who travels and enjoys the anthropological side of Couchsurfing, and want to drink tea and talk about life, our experiences and our dreams in life, don't hesitate in sending me a request.

Or please check my "music and literature" section below and see if we have any likes in common.

Couchsurfing is all about sharing, learning, and making meaningful connections. Creating a more human and better world. Let's keep this culture alive!

Welcome to Philly, mi casa es tu casa!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

No matter where you go, you'll have a friend...

Interests

“It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.”
― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

"Take my advice and live for a long, long time. Because the maddest thing a man can do in this life is to let himself die."
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

  • philosophy
  • sociology
  • linguistics
  • heavy metal
  • cultural theory
  • bebop jazz
  • symphonic power metal
  • existential memes based on the work of emil cioran

Music, Movies, and Books

MUSIC:

Rata Blanca
Europe
Pink Floyd
Dream Theater
Steely Dan
Edguy
Yngwie Malmsteen
Dire Straits
Symphony X
Deep Purple
Rainbow
John Coltrane
Dexter Gordon
Buddy Rich
Charles Mingus
Lee Morgan
Wayne Shorter
Beethoven
Bach
Scarlatti
Telemann

LITERATURE:

Top 5 most meaningful in my life:

* Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes
* A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole
* Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami
* One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez
* Siddartha, by Herman Hesse

I'm also a fan of authors like Roberto Bolaño, Jorge Luis Borges, and Fernanda Melchor. (Yes, big fan of Latin-American literature!)

Regarding science and non-fiction; I like reading about complexity theory and globalization (both for personal and academic interest).

When it comes to movies and TV shows, I'm a fan of sci-fi and psychological thrillers.
Some of my favorite movies include:
* The Butterfly Effect,
* Memento,
* Source Code

While my favorite TV shows include DARK, Breaking Bad, and Rick and Morty.

I'm also a fan of game shows like Jeopardy! and The Weakest Link.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Attending a wedding in Nepal and
Swimming with galapago turtles in Ecuador.

Teach, Learn, Share

I go to jazz concerts every Thursday and symphony orchestra performances most Fridays. If you share my love of jazz or classical music, I'd be happy to take you with me.

Also, as a member of the art museum, I can get you discounted tickets.

On Sunday mornings, I like to get out into nature and go hiking. If you're up for a scenic walk, I'll pack some extra water and snacks for us to enjoy along the way.

If you are into road trips and want to explore the outsides of Philadelphia, we can split gas and tolls and go on a an adventure!

I'm a big Latin American literature nerd (proud of it 🤓 📚), so I can give you tons of recommendations on what to read.
Same with music (mostly rock and Metal... Don't even bother mentioning reggaeton lol).

What I Can Share with Hosts

I was born and raised in Colombia, and in 2019, I moved to Philadelphia.

I've collected an extensive library of books about the city's rich history, culture, and must-see destinations. I would be happy to guide you through the city and offer my personal recommendations for parks, scenic walks, and delicious food spots.

I know how important it is to feel at home while on the road. That's why I try to provide a welcoming, cozy and safe space to my guests.

You'll always find fresh coffee and tea, but most importantly, friendship and respect.

A true travel experience is about connecting with people as much as exploring new places.

☮️✌🏻

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Guatemala, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Nepal, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Scotland, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Colombia, United States

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