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To get to know other expressions of humanity in my brothers and sisters around the world!
In summary, I love life and everything it has to offer!
I strive to constantly find myself in new adventures with different people in different cultures.
On my own at 13 and on the move ever since. I have been very (extremely) lucky to have lived in several cities in Mexico, Argentina, Brasil, Spain and the U.S. and have traveled to some amazing places in 64 Countries ....... and not a moment has been wasted; from Tokyo to Delhi to Ramallah to Prague to Cairo to Havana, there are always people to meet, tastes to sample, air to breath, lessons to learn, sights to behold and memories to capture and savour forever.
It is still, no doubt, the great and inspiring people of this planet that enrich every experience of mine.
Though traveling and living in so many cities has done a lot for my life, having gone to university in the San Francisco/Bay area has definitely had the greatest influence on me. The time spent here truly forced me to share experiences with people from different ethnic, cultural, ideological, sexual and religious backgrounds. This interaction deeply influenced my thoughts, ideas, beliefs and feelings towards people with different perspectives. I'm not bound to a fixed point of view, but rather, open to dialogue and new ideas.
"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all"
- Oscar Wilde
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Always be open to DIALOGUE. Have grace with everyone...you don't know what's going on in their lives.
A realization I came to recently is that one only gets one shot at being young.. so I'm trying to make the most of it! One's life is only as restricted as one makes it. So I try to be out there; learning, seeing, dancing, walking, sharing, creating..... seeing the world.
Some of the quotes I carry a flag:
"Be the change you want to see in the world" (Gandhi)
"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do." - Mark Twain
âLife is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. And never regret ANYTHING That makes you smile.â Mark Twain
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Though I'm very lucky to have an expansive social life, I always try to be an active member of Couchsurfing--for the last two years. I’ve couchsurfed six times and I’ve hosted tons of people (about 25)! Helped organize have taken part in Couchsurfing meetups in South America, Mexico, Europe, Asia and the U.S. I partied and helped prepare meals at Couchsurfing camp at Burning Man 2013. :)
I absolutely love couchsurfing and my experience has been nothing but truly remarkable. I love the emphasis on the real-world aspect of this social network rather than the online relationship that normal goes on in all other networks. The value and depth of relationships that can be built and maintained from Couchsurfing are truly remarkable.
I have 10 brothers and sisters. Since I was a kid, our house was always had an open door policy for friends and even friends of friends--I guess there was not other option with so many children, my parents would rather have our friends home that have to be tracking all of us down. And things have stayed the same; you don't call to ask if you could come over- you just show up and bring along somebody, too. On any given day, you'll have friends and friends of friends crashing at my place, cooking dinner, sharing mate, playing music, etc.
When I travel, I often end up staying at the people's house I met on the road--has happened so many times. So, in a way.. I am a pioneer in the couchsurfing culture... :)
Meeting People. I very much like meeting people randomly; at a coffee shop, at the grocery store, the bus, the park. I have some amazing life-long friends I've met this way. I specially do this when I travel. Each one of them will tell you they thought I was a weirdo at first, but once they got to know me they realize I am a very nice weirdo :).
Exploring places. Usually I slant towards historical significance, notoriety, geographical isolation. A real thrill is breaking perceived notions of a place. Finding out for myself.
Music, Movies, and Books
I'm passionate and very much ridiculous when it comes to Music.. I listen and enjoy music throughout the Spectrum. People has always laughed and be baffled at my music arrangements and self-made CD's. I would not make a good DJ. The main styles I listen, however, are Folk, Country, Rock (Argentinian, en Espanol), rock, alternative, Jazz, Salsa, Banda, Cumbia Villera, classical music, Pop, and punk. I am recently very found of dancing groove, soul and punk :).
Movies: Though I very much enjoy action and scary movies, if you let me choose, I will likely go for the chick-flick. God knows why... I always assume it has to do with the fact that the 13 years I spent at home, was mostly with my sisters. I really like Italian movies (I got a big collection). My foremost interest, however, is on documentaries. For a long time now, it has been basically all I watch whenever I watch television.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Definetely one of the most amazing experiences in my life has been to see my team Boca Juniors play in La Bombonera and to witness and participate in "La 12" (the fan base of my team).
Though I've been in some amazing places and seen inspiring things, I always find people to be the most incredible; most anywhere you go in life. From crossing one's own current city to going to any new ones. Most every experience with people has been wonderful, a few bringing me to tears in awe, some being thrilling, and a lot in between.
I went to 17 different schools in 9 cities and 3 countries before I got my Bachelor's degree.
I've seen Shakira in Concert 6 times... The artist I've seen the most--quite an amazing performances. I really like her music, but I'm far from her greatest fan. Every time it just happened, like most things in my life... I saw her twice in Argentina, once in Chile, once in Mexico and three times in the U.S.
For a whole year 2002-2003 a friend and I would religiously travel to a different city/town in Mexico mostly each weekend. We got to visit 19 states and 67 towns. It was a truly amazing year and experience.
Did I just stretch the heck out of "amazing THING done/seen" to like a bunch of random stuff? :-P!
Visited 51 Countries
MEXICO -- Mi Casa :)
I've lived in Mexico City, Puebla, Guadalajara, Aguascalientes, Zacatecas and Monterrey. When I say "lived" I mean it; at least 6 months in each of these cities and up to 8 years.
I have traveled extensively within Mexico visiting 25 states and several dozen cities throughout. For a whole year I got to travel to a different city/town in Mexico mostly each weekend--mostly hitchhiking. Got to visit 19 states and 67 towns. It was a truly amazing year and experience. Most recently (Dec-Jan 2014) I completed the Mayan route which took me to 7 states and 17 Mayan and Zapotec Ruins throughout the south of Mexico. ¡Viva México!
LA, LA, LA, LA, LA, LA BRASIL, BRASIL!!! to com muita saudade!
visited 11 states (40.7%)
Teach, Learn, Share
In my blog, I respond to my favorite poem "a morte devagar". A poem that truly had a direct impact in my life: http://beaner-beans.blogspot.com/2010/05/my-response-to-morte-devagar-slow-death.html
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, United States