Gustavo Valdivia

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  • PhD student
  • Anthropology Department at Johns Hopkins University
  • From Arequipa, Peru
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About Me


To put some order in my mind


Too big to make it fit here.


«I write differently from the way I speak, I speak differently from the way I think, I think differently from the way I should think - and so it goes on into the darkest depths of infinity» (Franz Kafka Letter to Ottla, July 10, 1914)

«The only thing for me to go on doing is to keep my intellingence calm and analytical to the end» (Franz Kafka The Trial, Josef K. to himself before his execution)

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Just learn about CS in a local mag and joined. A have met some friends already.


I have hosted a bunch of people when I was living in Cuzco, Peru. I moved to NYC a few months ago and I have never surfed at anybody's couch yet.


Cooking, eating, movies, social sciences, poetry, quechua speaking communities, political ecology, contemporary art, classical music, electronic music, jazz, blues, funk, soul... Right now I live in NY where I am a masters student in Environmental Science at Columbia,

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein), The Mirror (Tarkovski), The Trial (Orson Welles), The Dreamers (Bertolucci), Mulholland Dr.(Lynch), And the Ship Sails On, La Strada, 8 1/5 (Fellini), Underground (Kusturica), À bout de souffle (Godard), Dogville, Dancer in the Dark (Lars Von Triers), Festen (Vinterberg), Fitzcarraldo, Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Herzog), 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining (Kubrick), Taxi Driver, The Last Temptation of Christ (Scorsese), The Hours (Daldry), Les Invasions barbares (Arcand), Memento (Nolan), Requiem for a Dream (Aronofsky), Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie, Los Olvidados (Buñuel), The Birds (Hitchcock), Akira (Ôtomo), Kids (Clark)...

Books: Keourac, Ginsberg, Baudelaire, Gide, Sartre, Camus, Vallejo, Ribeyro, Pessoa, Nietzsche, Coetzee, Rimbaud, Pushkin, Dostoievski, Tolstoi, Vargas Llosa, Saint Exupery, Bourdieu, Derrida, Marx, Weber, Bauman, Freud, Salinger, Auster, Pizarnik, Borges, Cortazar, Paz, Grass, Bukowski, Kafka, Brecht, Foucault, Asimov, Kavafis, Blake, Adorno, Benjamin, Solanas, Carrol...

Music: The Velvet Underground, Syd Barret, Miles Davis, The Who, Jethro Tull, Yes, SonicYouth, Lou Reed, Kraftwerk, Radiohead, Heroes del Silencio, El Otro Yo, Frank Zappa, John Coltrane, Keith Jarret, Thelonius Monk, Astor Piazzolla, Igor Stravinsky, John Zorn, David Bowie, Bad Religion, Ramones, Brian Eno, John Zorn, Kronos Quartet, Gidon Kramer, Yo Yo Ma...

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Spent over a year living in llama herding communities in the Andes.

Teach, Learn, Share

I know a little bit about how climate change is affecting the quechua speaking communities from southern Peru, specially to the llama herders. I spent the last four years reading, researching and writing about the social, geographic economic and ethnic exclusion of the indigenuos communities from the Cuzco region. Now I am a graduate student at Columbia University

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, France, Germany, Netherlands, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Peru, United States

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