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I want to meet interesting people and share sometime together enjoying life.
I'm soooo really not a fan of this question and questions like it. It's not a lack of self awareness about where I come from, what I've lived, and where I see myself in the future . . . only you can let me know who I am for you and if that's positive or not. However, if you need a standard answer I would be happy to provide one for you ;-)
Live and let live.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Given my current housing, I'm only a surfer who's just getting started.
I've surfed mostly with friends but I've ventured off and got to enjoy some good times and nice people in Mexico City in 2012.
My love is the outdoors. There's something very pleasing about being able to get somewhere on your own steam. The triad of locomotion for me is:
Running - I’m currently on the verge of wearing down the Bikila Fivefingers shoes I acquired not too long ago. In general, I run about twice a week and can pull a 5K in about 27-30 minutes.
Cycling - When I'm back home in New York, I tend to make my way down to Manhattan on the weekends (weather permitting) to bike about 40-60 Kilometers. It’s very touristy but cycling in Central Park is a really joy.
Kayaking – Should I be back in my native Texas, I love to kayak down in Lady Bird Lake in Austin. I can spend all afternoon down on the water kicking back and watching that bright Texas sunset over the horizon. Another great kayaking spot is on La Vézère, Périgord, France. Or, should I be in San Antonio, there’s nothing nicer than tubing down the Guadalupe River with a 6 pack of anything in the adjacent inner tube and a good group of friends.
Music, Movies, and Books
Book: Since I teach Spanish Literature, I could make my entire profile about this category so I shall spare you. However here’s a short list of authors I love to read and reread:
In Spanish - Lope de Vega, Miguel de Unamuno, Carlos Fuentes, & Isabel Allende
In English - Mark Twain, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, & J.R.R. Tolkien
In French - Jules Verne, Émile Zola, Jean-Paul Sartre, & Albert Camus
In Others - Marjane Satrapi, Jostein Gaarder, & Patrick Süskind
Movies: Pop-culture Movies: Avitar, Intouchables, 007, Amores Perros, Les Poupees Russes - - Hipster Movies: Moonrise Kingdom, Le Fabuleux destain d’Amélie Poulain, The Big Lebowski, Shaun of the Dead, The Triplets of Belleville, Paris Je T'Aime, Spirited Away - - Classics Movies: Seven Samuri, Quest for the Holy Grail, Roman Holiday. It just depends . . .
Music: It's all about the people and the vibe. From Bob Marley to Jacques Brel; From Panteón Rococó to Tchaikovsky; From Cheb Mami to Mahive (Kal Ho Na HO) . . . it just depends on the energy flowing at the time.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Perhaps the two moments that come to mind with this question are as follows:
1. When I was a little kid, a family friend from Canada, who was very much like a grandmother to me, would take me to see airplanes takeoff and land on Saturday mornings. I recall looking out the window of the local South Texas airport in amassment as I saw hunks of metal with wings take flight. I recall always stand by the arrival gate waiting to see what kind of people got off the plane, their existence seemed somewhat magical to me. These Saturday morning trips were so regular that all the stewardess knew me by name and would give me little wings with the Continental Airlines logo on them when they got off in McAllen, Texas. Ever since then, flight has amazed me!
2. I'll never forget the feeling of terror and joy when I was certified as a scuba diver. Aside from never having dived in a lake, the weather was cool on the surface said day and even colder in the water. The night before our group camped alongside Canon Lake in the Hill Country of Texas; the night was rainy and windy and the following morning was cloudy and gray as all get out! Visibility wasn't that great in the water but we had traveled too far to not jump in. To make a long story short, when one half of my body crossed the hydroplane at 60 feet and my eyes peered out into the dark murky waters, I feels a sense of wonder and fear, longing and rebirth, cognizance and awe. There is nothing quite like looking out a mask so far under water, in such an unknown universe.
Teach, Learn, Share
I teach languages and love to share this give with others.
Countries I’ve Visited
Bahamas, France, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, Spain, United Kingdom, United States