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my name is Oscar, and I love learning english. We rent rooms in our house for chilean workers. And I do all the fixes and managging.
I used to be a christian missionary.
And some times I even work as an English Interpreter.
We do live in the desert. Calama is an Oasis in the middle of desert.
my father is a retiree accountant-secretary. he is in his 70's and still very active fisically. he dance our national dance called cueca. he loves doing sudokus, and used to play chess. he likes to talk about every place of chile that he visited as a traveller-salesman.
Well , we used to be book worms, because with my
family we worked in a newspaper shop(KIOSKO)for more than 15 years. Really.
my mother's name is Irene (ai´´rene), and she is the very soul of our house. she does handcrafts, care for plants, also dance cueca, and a lot of woman activities.
We have 2 dogs and I intend to train them.
In our church there is a pathfinder club (kind of boys scouts). Leon and Nina CS from germany showed and teached us a lot of their things to camping.
In my opinion, this reference explain very well what happens:
De Glen Swatman Market Drayton, Reino Unido nov 21, 2009 Positivo/aAlthgouh Calama has little to interested tourists (except the mine tour) it was worth a visit just to meet Oscar. He is eager to learn English so we spent a lot of time chatting to him. He offered us a Couchsurfing room at his hostal where he caters for the miners,. met us at the bus station and went out of his way to be kind and helpful.
trabajar para vivir, no vivir para trabajar.
to work to live, not to live to work
el siguiente poema que acá está en ingles, se encuentra en español en:
a muchas personas les ha gustado.
and I also want to share a christian poem here:
If I had all the words in our language
To use at a moment's command
If I had all the beautiful pictures
Of nature, the sea, and the land;
If I spoke in a voice never ending
Speaking only of loveliness,
I couldn't begin to tell you
How beautiful heaven is.
If I mixed all the glorious sunsets With the fathomless myst'ries of Mars
If I mixed all the beauty of springtime With the gleam of the moon and the stars
If I added the love of all mothers And the thrill of a baby's kiss
I couldn't begin to tell you how beautiful heaven is.
If I had all the hues of the rainbow Translated to beautiful words,
If I had all the magical music
If I had all the songs of the birds
If I had all the wisdom of sages
To help me my theme express I couldn't begin . . .
I never, no never could tell you
How beautiful heaven is,
I never, no never could vision
It's magical lovliness
If the gift of the sil'vry haired masters
And prophets I could possess,
I couldn't begin to to tell you.
How beautiful Heaven is.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Being part of CS has changed our life.
Hosting has showed us the best part of people that travels.
And when we couchsurfed, we have enjoyed and we always remember the time we spent with our hosts.
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I love the reference from Hyohakusha, when we traveled in France, I do feel he saw us deeply.
We were like children amazed by our trip.
no fumamos, ni tomamos
we dont drink alcohol, neither smoke.
but when you are in our home, you could do that respecting our space.
when you are in your home, you should not ask me permision at all. (A girl host, didnt wanted to smoke in her house, because of us. Come on, it is your house, your rules).
Chile, Te Quiero (Chile , I love you)
we mostly host CS
I once read here in CS:
a visitor is just a friend you havenot met yet.
and I like it.
una vez lei en CouchSurfing:
un viajero es un amigo al cual todavia nos has conocido.
estoy de acuerdo.
TRY TO TAKE THE Free tour TO CHUQUICAMATA:
and every week day there is a trip to THE OPEN CAST COPPER MINE OF Chuquicamata, at 1pm from Calama. They return to Calama around 4-5 pm. You have to call beforehand at 55- 2322122 to book. To arrive at the bus station where the tour begins, just take the shared taxi (colectivo) No.5 from Latorre Street, and ask the driver to take you to the "Codelco, al tour de la mina". It is on the corner of Granaderos and Central Sur (¨a Granaderos con Central Sur¨). After the tour you can catch the shared taxi No.5 to return to the centre as well.
The mine of Chuquicamata is about 20 km away from Calama.
Cuando hemos viajado, nos gusta muchisimo compartir con nuestros anfitriones, muchas veces caminamos harto, hemos preparado comidas. Pero lo mejor es que la hemos pasado muy bien. Tanto cuando nos han recibido, como cuando nosotros hemos recibido viajeros.
When we travel, we like to share with our host. Usually we are able to walk on the city by our self, we like to walk, and we have also prepared some meals for our hosts.
But the very best is that we have enjoyed a lot our travels. I think It is not about cheap lodging, it is absolutely about sharing with hosts.
I have several english courses on my hard disk driver to share if you like.
tengo varios cursos de INGLES, por si les interesa.
- cook empanadas
Music, Movies, and Books
I want to write this here.
since the change of platform in CS, it happened to me as well to many others,
we have lost our status of reply. I do reply as much as I can, I mean, almost every one of the couch requests, but when the platform changed on 2014, my rate dropped completely. I have asked many times, but they can not change it, even though they know that this have already happened to many people.
biblia. noah gordon, politics, hand crafts, renovable- energy, construction, . etc, etc, etc, etc.
musica folklorica, clasica, etc
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Here, landscaping of Chiu-Chiu it's incredible, the moon valley, and the extreme desert (maybe the dryest one in the world), some one said that the south of bolivia is similar.
I remember , been in a high hill in Peine (mountains), with my friends we climb it, the desert was like a big ocean.
On Toconao, the feeling of being sorrounded by many volcanoes. You can see it for the shape of the area on the map.
the chilean beachs, the carnaval en ecuador.
the customes in the meeting of indigenous in otavalo(ecuador), they dress with real leopard leather. very serious.
AND ANOTHER THING AMAZING.
been in USA , in my second day there, I cant call by the thelephones. one guy and his family look at my trouble and very gentle he offered me his cell phone to make my call. after I used it, I ask him why he helped me, his reason was because we are all human being. they were a muslim family, the first one I ever seen in my life, and totally change my point of view. I know, we are all childs of the same God.
ALGO INCREIBLE QUE HE VISTO:
places where God is in.
LUGARES DONDE ESTA DIOS
en el link anterior (scaleofuniverse.com) luego de hacer click en start, pueden usar las flechas hacia los lados para observar el movimiento, y tambien con el mouse sobre las imagenes, ver un resumen de ellas
Teach, Learn, Share
INTERNET IN CALAMA:
In the center of the city there are lots of cibercafes, internet centers, net, whatever you call them. Just crossing the corner of my block there are 5. And around the center, several more.
Calama tiene muchos Centros de Internet, tambien los llaman cibercafes, net. Cerca de nuestra casa hay cinco, y en el centro hay muchos mas.
In the mall , and in the TURBUS STATION (it is for Buses of Tur Bus and Pulman Bus) If you arrive there, inside of that bus station you will find 3 or more computers.
TIPS AROUND CALAMA, CHILE
To go from calama to san pedro de atacama you can take the bus from abaroa street corner with antofagasta street in the center.
there are two buses on the same block
UND you can HITCH-HIKE TO SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA. by example you can take the micro bus in the center of the city in the corner of granaderos with vargas. it is the micro named C. You can ask them... TO THE ROTONDA TO GO TO SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA. a lot of couch surfers hitchike thre its so very easy
if you need information to travel from Calama to differents places,
I strongly suggest you to check the group , you will find lot of tips, advices, and help there.
tips from anothers couchsurfers. Acerca de buses que viajan desde Calama hacia otras ciudades dentro de Chile y a otros paises. Y OTROS CONSEJOS Y AYUDAS (mostly in english)
I suddenly found a lot of lonely planet to download, mainly of europe and asia, useful guides but not updated.
and one of southamerica:
IF CICLING TO BOLIVIA OR FROM BOLIVIA:
May be useful.
I have lived all my life here, and I used to dislike hearing my city was dangerous.
Now, I must aware you, and to other travellers:
Calama is getting more dangerous.
Be very careful on bus stations, sometimes there are groups of thieves, one of them distract the passenger while the others pick poket or baggage robber. I know they also pick the whole backpack or the important bag.
I have hosted a few Cs that suffered big loss.
Please Be careful.
Also about your camera, If biking, always lock it.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Hi, you know, it already happened to us.
we were host in a city not very visited (alperdorn) and the hosts want to go to amsterdam, with us. then our host very wiselly wanted us to share the parking ticket in amsterdam. that was fantastic.
the same happened sharing gas ticket when moving to another place.
that is awesome, cheap for us, and one oportunity to travel for hosts too.
I wish we could share expenses as many times as posible.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Mongolia, Netherlands, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Russian Federation, Slovakia, United States, Uruguay
Countries I’ve Lived In