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My name is Eric, and Enrique, and Enrico, and 馬愛樂 (it just depends on who you talk to ;) I'm a 25 year old die hard and culturally competent Chicagoan with a passion and love for life and adventure!
I grew up in Chicago and ended up moving to Pittsburgh for college-the meeting point between ,Chicago where my family lives now, and New York City where my family came from Italy and Denmark several decades ago. At the university I studied Foreign Languages and International Relations double major, with Spanish, Italian, and Chinese as my languages of choice (If I could have any wish it would be to speak every language in the world). I know some German too, I think I'm horrible but others say that I do pretty well at it, haha danke meine freunde ;)
During college I took on a lot of leadership, volunteer, and creative roles and was involved with everything from being president of my fraternity, to the volunteer program, to International Student Organization. Education is what really opened my mind and heart to the world, and gave me the experience that made me into the person I am today. During college I never came home to Chicago, because each summer I was either at University studying, in Argentina, in China, or in Hondruas. A year and a half I moved back to my beloved city, and starting experiencing it again as an adult. I am now working downtown at a tech startup creating and moderating content and developing the business while also growing and expanding my own art, apparel, and consulting businesses. That coupled with volunteering sure keeps me a busy man.
On that note, I am an artist, photography being the medium of choice. I have some pictures posted here so that all you beautiful people can see! Take a look at www.formatografia.com or @formato102 if you want to see some examples of my work!
I am a pretty eclectic, eccentric, free spirited, charitable, genuine, positive, adventurous, honest, athletic, empathetic, amiable, open, compassionate, convivial, romantic, philosophical, dependable, humble, creative, affable, dynamic, and vibrant person. I love exploring the world and getting to know other people's culture. I love to meet new people and have long conversations, I like to talk about language, philosophy, culture, travel, life, world issues, technology experiences or whatever else might come up in conversation.
Life is full of opportunities and it's up to you to take ahold of them.
"Work hard to play hard"
«Un linguaggio diverso è una diversa visione della vita» -Fellini
"You miss 100% of the shots that you don't take"
"When one’s words prevail over one’s principle, one will always be defeated" - Confucius
"By nature men are alike. Through practice they have become far apart" - Confucius
"Without music, life would be a mistake..." Friedrich Nietzsche
"Ah women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent." -Friedrich Nietzsche
"The more you know the stronger you are."
"Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life,
the whole aim and end of human existance." -Aristotle
“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” - Aristotle
"Hope is a waking Dream." - Aristotle
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” - Aristotle
"Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends." -Shirley MacLaine
"La vita è circolare" -Carla Lucente
La Vita Vale
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Because it's amazing that people can come together on a site like this and meet and accommodate other good people with good energy and share amazing international or interstate experiences. After using Couchsurfing the few times I did, I never want to go back to staying in a stale, expensive, and lonrly hotel ever again. I believe there's a lot of other people who "get it" here on couch surfing, and I think it's amazing that this global network of travelers can even exist in the first place... Here's to higher consciousness!
I met some of the most amazing people in my life in Cordova and Buenos Aires in Argentina on CouchSurfing that took me under their wings and showed me their beautiful country.
Met an awesome girl people in Cleveland for a concert...
WANT TO HAVE MANY MORE!!!!!
Adventure, photography, digital editing, electronic music (house, deep house, trance, drum and bass, trap, liquid d&b, liquid trap, ambient, psytrance, the list goes on and on) dogs, technology, light, being active, music art and food street festivals, urban living, videography, international business, global crisis relief, biking, snowboarding, skydiving, sailing, outdoors, indoors, music and art festivals, other countries, traveling, culture, volunteering, all kinds of food, stuff i haven't tried before, Soccer, volleyball, handball, badmitton. Architecture. Will try just about anything once and go wherever life takes me.
- electronic music
- outdoor activities
- international relations
Music, Movies, and Books
House music (as I am from Chicago) but I also listen to rap, rock, jazz, reggae, pop, classical etc. I actually do not watch TV (I'm always on the go) but I do appreciate film. I can't pick which is my favorite book :/
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Backpacking China was a very awe inspiring experience because it showed me just how different life can be lived. There's soooo many people that live that lifestyle, and it made me realize how vastly life is lived on all different kinds of levels. The modernity of the cities completely changed my perspective on American urban centers and infrastructure.
I experienced several awe inspiring moments while abroad such as helping with a homeless shelter as well as a mental institution in Toronto. This also really brought me to a new realizations in my life.
A more recent trip was helping lead a mission trip with my fraternity brothers and classmates to Honduras after a good friend and I set out to make a difference, and after several years of planning and fundraising we were able to get 18 volunteers to Honduras to install a water filtration system for a village in the mountains. It had to have been one of my best experiences.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach:
Computers / technology
I want to learn:
More Mandarin and German
More about photography
About cooking foreign meals
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What I Can Share with Hosts
I know the great city of Chicago very well, and can share a lot of cool things that are hard to find in the city. I was a city concierge for the city for a little while so I know a lot about the city. I can share my favorite parks, restaurants, museums, and well kept little secrets that the city has.
Furthermore I can share a great time, art, light or deep conversations whatever you prefer, laughs, insight, good listening, multilingual conversations, and a respectful and kind attitude, a great guest who will bring you Chicago art and chocolate :)
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Honduras, Hong Kong, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay
Countries I’ve Lived In
Argentina, Spain, United States