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Travel the world, write music, humbly help others, and gain experience and life stories
I am a writer and traveler who's mind should've been born into the 60's-70's; I aim to use my passions and experiences to help environmental protesters and homeless communities around me wherever I go, and I am working my way around the world right now to gain experience and a balanced view of different cultures and worldviews. I love to venture into unfamiliar terrains, and it is my goal to visit 80% of the world before I die. I like to explore new places and meet new people. I am actually kinda a dork, so you'll probably spend a lot of time laughing at me. I mean... I have a mustache. What more do you need to know? (Perhaps I place an unreasonably high value on facial hairs.)
"Admit it. You aren't like them. You're not even close. You may occasionally dress yourself up as one of them, watch the same mindless television shows as they do, maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes. But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider, watching the 'normal people' as they go about their automatic existences. For every time you say club passwords like 'Have a nice day' and 'Weather’s awful today, eh?', you yearn inside to say forbidden things like 'Tell me something that makes you cry' or 'What do you think deja vu is for?'. Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing? Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others."
"Sometimes a journey arises out of hope and instinct, the heady conviction, as your finger travels along the map: 'Yes, here and here … and here. These are the nerve-ends of the world…'
A hundred reasons clamour for your going. You go to touch on human identities, to people an empty map. You have a notion that this is the world’s heart. You go to encounter the protean shapes of faith. You go because you are still young and crave excitement, the crunch of your boots in the dust; you go because you are old and need to understand something before it’s too late. You go to see what will happen."
-Colin Thubron, Shadow of the Silk Road
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I've been actively traveling for the last 4 years and finally have, for the first time since wandering stole my heart, landed myself in a spot where I can put back into the CS community after having been blessed by it so much previously.
Last CS experience: I was Couchsurfing around Iceland for 5 months, challenging myself to maintain it from January-May and around the country without resorting to hostels, etc. And SUCCESS! (Although I may have slept outside in the rain several times when I couldn't find a host. A traveler's will is strong!!)
I plan to fill in at least 80% of the map before I die in a far, far away part of it.
Lived in 21 countries (10.71%)
-Music: I love exploring the world of music. Currently a few shoulders deep into midwest US hip hop, west coast (US/Oz) surf punk, the poetry and the songwriting of Shel Silverstein, especially performed by musicians such as Deer Tick, Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird, etc. All kinds of other shit too, but oohhh shiny.
-Writing: music, poetry, anything that makes me feel
-Languages: English, Spanish, and a little German
Music, Movies, and Books
-Movies: Breakfast Club, Dazed and Confused, Mr. Nobody, Remember the Titans, Lord of the Rings, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Wayne's World, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Encino Man, The Fall
-Music: Led Zeppelin, Deer Tick, The National, Noah and the Whale, Sticky Fingers, Sigur Rós, Devendra Banhart, Nahko and MFTP, August Burns Red, The Cat Empire, Say Hi, Local Natives, Youth Lagoon, Jungle Giants, Born Ruffians, Ásgeir, Radical Face, The Smiths, Jimmi Hendrix, Russian Red, White Stripes, A Tribe Called Quest, City and Colour, The Tallest Man on Earth, Alt-J, Pacific Air, The Good Life, Jónsi, Future Islands, Santana, San Cisco, Queen
-Books: Wild At Heart, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Lord of the Rings (actually, anything by JRR Tolkien), The Soloist, Into the Wild, I haven't been reading much lately.... and yes, A Fault In Our Stars. The story is vaguely "meh", but the writing is amazing and intriguingly worded.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
1- Iceland. To put it simply: Iceland, Iceland, Iceland. Highlights from my 5 month trip include unguided climbing on the largest glacier in Europe without any gear, skinny dipping in a natural hot river in the mountains, sleeping in volcanic craters, the list seriously goes on and on.
2- Swiss and Austrian Alps: From my first experience hiking through the Swiss Alps to getting lost on the slopes in tiny little Schladming, Austria; I have still not found anywhere where I fell in love with more than the Alps.
3- Puna, Hawaii: walked into Pahoa town, knew after 3 days that I wanted to stay, 2 days later had my first 2 dream jobs. Prefect place to find your tribe, whatever that may mean for you. Avocado, lilikoi, coconut, oranges, cacao, and vanilla all grew naturally --without my help or planting-- on my property I was caretaker for. All this considering that I'd always been repulsed by the cliché idea of Hawaii...
Teach, Learn, Share
Still in the learning phase x}
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Honduras, Hungary, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, Puerto Rico, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Canada, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Romania, United States