ERIC Bernal

New York, NY, USA

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  • High School Science Teacher/Geographer/Traveler/Artist/Ga...
  • Currently a Graduate Student at the CUNY at City College ...
  • From New York City, U.S.A.
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About Me


Looking to become friends with people abroad to get a personal feel to the diversity within humanity!


I am a NYC public school teacher. I teach science and special education. I am a native New Yorker raised in Harlem but spent a big part of my fundamental years in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota. Today I live in the Yankee Stadium neighborhood in the South Bronx with my partner and a roommate plus two cats.

I consider myself to be an open-minded artist type with a very, very liberal political view. I like intellectual conversion but I also like to shoot the sh#t. If you don't like animals: I don't think we'll get along. I feel I have a good sense of compassion and for communicating and relating to human situations. I am interested in community building, especially creating green spaces and community outreach via teaching. I am addicted to travel and try to escape NYC's hectic living for an adventure somewhere around the world.

I studied Geography and Fine Arts and I am currently pursuing a Master's degree in Education. I believe myself to be mostly a conscious , non-conventional (quirky), and minimally pretentious person. I like to make connections whenever possible and reach out to people around the world.


-Life's too short to think long about doing, just do it.
-No mariner becomes a good sailor in calm waters.
-There are three types of people: People who make things happen, People who watch things happen, and People who say, "What the hell just happened?".
-Whatever happens, happens!
-Do it with minimal fear.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I participate in the CS Project by being a local link to visitors. In my encounters across the world, I want to show NY friendliness, understanding, and compassion. I want visitors to leave NY feeling like they have a good understanding of NYC beyond the normal tourist highlights.


I have had sweet cross cultural encounters in all my stays. All have been great experiences and I hope to have many more.


Music (listening, playing, and concerts), Painting, Drawing, Hiking, Poetry, Gardening, Maps, Adventure, Dancing, Travel, Languages, Biology, the Ocean, Ecology, Food,....etc.
visited 47 states (20.8%)

Music, Movies, and Books

Donnie Darko, The Roadless Traveled by M. Scott Pecks, Ishmael by Daniel Quinn...I love all music, favorite rock group of all time is a band from Seattle, USA called Pearl Jam!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Can't narrow it down, here are some:

- Hiking amongst the ancient cedars of Yakushima National Park, Japan,
-Swimming freely under a full moon in a bioluminescent lagoon in Vieques, Puerto Rico
-Laying on open country under a meteor shower with the edge of the Milky Way as a back drop in Jujuy, Argentina.
- Overnight snow fall in the Grand Canyon, Arizona,
- Walking underneath and amongst the giant Redwood trees of Northern California,
-spending time with the most northern colony of King Penguins at Volunteer Point in the Falkland Islands,
- Boat paddling around the straw floating islands of Lake Titicaca, Bolivia/Peru
-Being chased by a Kangaroo in Philip Island, Australia
-First scuba dive in the coral reefs of Roatan, Honduras
-Going to Pearl Jam concerts everywhere!

Teach, Learn, Share

I want to learn from the good. I want to continue to work on humility and modesty but above all promote compassion and love. I realize we cannot help anyone/anything that doesn't want/need help. The only virtues that I can continue to encourage is compassion, putting yourself in other people's shoes and envision different perspectives.
I live by the saying "If you hate something, don't you do it too! " -EV

What I Can Share with Hosts

I can share with hosts a different perspective from a small corner of the world.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saint Lucia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, Virgin Islands, British

Countries I’ve Lived In

Brazil, Ecuador, United States

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