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Overview

  • 25 references 14 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Basque, English, Spanish; learning French, Portuguese
  • 45, Female
  • Member since 2010
  • Basque and Spanish teacher and Translator
  • MA in Spanish, BA in Basque, BA in Education
  • From Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION
Live, enjoy the present and nature and disconnect from technology. Learn anything that I never paid attention to before.

I just traveled in South America for 2 years volunteering. Now I am back teaching Basque in Spain.

ABOUT ME

I am an easygoing person who loves meeting new people and discovering new places. I love languages and traveling. I am a night owl. I enjoy the outdoors and the company of friends. I love dogs. I am not picky with food.
I eat kind of healthy. I love chocolate and sweets though.
I have volunteered for many years. I love helping and teaching.
I am very independent.
I am like a dog. As long as I can eat and sleep well I am happy.
I am a Spanish and Basque language teacher

PHILOSOPHY

Be and let be. Life is short and it goes by fast so let's enjoy it and not complicate it. I follow my dreams and I think that it takes an effort but many things are possible if you try them. I do not expect anything for free.
Friendships is one of the best things in this life. I love anything that it is new (places, food, experiences...). Routine does not exist. Everyday is different.
I need to be close to nature.
World wide we are loosing our roots, our culture, languages and our capacity to interact and communicate with others. I hope that soon there is a big revolution of going back to the past and recover everything that we lost in the name of the so called progress.
When you do not care for money, none can buy you.
Happiness is what the rich cannot take away from the poor. You can not buy it but you can give it to others.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I love meeting new people. It is refreshing, inspiring. It teaches you so much and it helps you see your life in perspective and make important decisions.
I love sharing conversations and adventures.
We can learn from anything and anyone if our eyes are open.
I like helping others fulfilling their dreams,enjoying nature and meeting new people.
One of the best things that we have in life is human interactions.

I am not interested in hosting people that have no time to interact. People that arrive at 10pm and leave at 8am. A minimum of 2 days sounds perfect to me. Couchsurfing is not about saving money, is about meeting locals and learn more about the place you are visiting and each other. It is a learning experience.

Interests

I want to learn about ecovillages, bio construction and recycling.
Languages.
Dogs
Nature and outdoors.
Hiking (nothing professional), riding my bike, walking, having good conversations with friends, doing any cultural activity.
I work too much but I love my job.
I am learning Brazilian Portuguese.
Anything related to the prison.
I need a constant challenge.

  • dogs
  • documentaries
  • traveling
  • camping
  • languages
  • volunteering
  • cultures
  • biking
  • conversation
  • outdoors
  • new experiences
  • hikking
  • hot springs
  • garden
  • tenis
  • snow shoeing
  • last minute plans

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Documentaries. Dramas. Biographical movies. Historical movies.
They need to make me think and have a good script.
I value good photography.
Argentinian movies, Spanish movies, Cidade de Deus, Lugares Comunes, Piedras, Nueve reinas, Nosotros, El secreto de sus ojos, The Sea Inside, In the Name of the Father, El día de la Bestia, El orfanato, El laberinto del fauno, Valentin, Abre los ojos, American Horror Story, El Perfume, Tierra, Celda 211, Airbag, Billy Elliot, Angela´s Ashes, Michael Collins, Fried Green Tomatoes, Los lunes al sol, Amelie, Love me love me not, Shelma, Cesar Chávez, Malcolm X, The embrace of the serpent, Dead man walking, Gandhi...On the way to school...
I love biographical movies, historical movies, dramas, movies based on real events, social and political movies.

Music: Good songwriters or singers with a real voice who make you feel. Not showmen and women who just dance and cannot even sing. No noise, no techno or untalented music.

Basque, Celtic, Folk, Fado, Latin, Sertanejo, Bossa Nova, Arabic, Gypsy, African, French music. Songwriters.
Bacilos, Ricardo Arjona, Pedro Guerra, Joaquín Sabina, Negu Gorriak, Benito Lertxundi, Kalakan, Oskorri, Rosario, La oreja de Van Gogh, Manu Chao, Betagarri, Silvio Rodríguez, Mecano, Rosaura, Luar na Lubre, Carlos Nuñez, Antonio Flores.

Books: Biographies, Theater, Essays, Realism, non fiction, Grammar books and books that teach you something.

Writers: Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa, Antonio Buero Vallejo, Gabriel García Márquez, Eduardo Galeano, Martha Medeiros, Unamuno, Bernardo Atxaga, Shakespeare, Dante Alighieri, Ivan Martins, Emilia Pardo Bazán.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I learned Basque in High School even though I could not speak it on the first year and I became the Basque language coordinator for the USA and Canada.
I volunteered with people in prison for 6 years.
I jumped from a plane: Skydive
I learned how to drive a motorbike (while it was running)
I learned how to make cement
I lived with several tribes in the Amazon for a week
I attended the first Conference on Indigenous Rights in Aldea Sapukai, Brazil.
I backpacked Western Europe on $6 a day.
I spent 11 years at the University.
I taught Basque language in a prison.
I went to the biggest salt desert in America (Bolivia) and all I could see was salt and mountains.
I am a tripplet
I quitted my job after 10 years to volunteer in Brazil, South America and Africa.

Teach, Learn, Share

I like learning from people that are different from me because they challenge me . I like any person that I find interesting for one reason or another.

What I Can Share with Hosts

A good conversation and lots of questions for you.
I can teach you a little of Basque language and Basque culture.
I like helping in anyway

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Bolivia, Brazil, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

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