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"But of what are you a professor?"
"What are aesthetics?"
"The study of beauty."
"Beauty? What for?"
"Beauty. Why not."
-Mark Helprin, A Soldier of the Great War
I grew up partly in brooklyn, but when I was 8 I moved to Asheville, NC. which, btw, I've gotta say is a great city in retro spec. Then I moved to Seattle and onto Vashon when I was 12. I graduated highschool from Vashon Island High and spent a couple months as an exchange student. and now, after still stickin to the cook thing for loyalty towards my chef, I feel it's time to move onto to another country, another sunrise and another smile.
Mine is a quite a large family, it goes like this:
and on my father's side:
I think Everyone should get at least 20 hugs a day, and smile and laugh and taste the beauty in life. Take the bad with grace and know that things work in cycles
If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans
That people should follow their own path, and right now I'm in the midst of finding mine. I love to laugh and especially that embarrassed feeling you get when you just realize you made a fool of yourself.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
By spreading sunshine, laughs and memories with all the wonderful people that let me in their lives!
Oh, and sometimes I host people.
As of last summer, I've hosted more thn 50 people, I'll come back to this on a rainy day :)
Benjamin Balzer -Portland, Oregon
Zoraida Banks, Arno Doepner,-- Old San Juan, San Juan
Mónica Martinez --Caguas, PR
Gabriel Grigorescu Mihaela Grigorescu ,Lucian Cosinschi --Brasov, Zarnesti, Bucharest, Sibiu, RO
Mariya Gospodinova,Boyan Stoichkov --Sofia,
Venera Fileva --Blagoevgrad,
Alexander Popov --Sopot,
IFIYENIA, FORM2FUNCTION --Athens,
I practice ashtanga yoga and the first half of 2009, i've been completely devoted to the art of Capoeira Angola and learning to play the Berimbau more, the capoeira musical bow
Hmm, well just a few things:
-Being politically incorrect
Music, Movies, and Books
Music--I love music, so long as it's something created and not produced--- Jimmy Cliff, Steel Pulse, Jack Johnson, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Motown, Jackson Five, Katie Melua, Damien Rice, Ray LaMontagne, Jimmy Eat World, Old bob Marley, Capoeira Music, Spoken Poetry, Explosions in the Sky, L. Armstrong, Ben Harper, Jeff Buckley, Amos Lee,
All almodovar movies, especially Habla con Ella,Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
The Science of Sleep- for the pure creativity
The Motorcycle Diaries- wanderlust
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Tropa De Elite
Cidade de Deus
Cidade dos Homems
The Fountain-one of the top 5 movies i've ever seen, intense musical Score
A Soldier of the Great War, by Mark Helprin- the most beautiful book i've read
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Running down a mountain train as fast as i could with my friend boyan, with the bulgarian countryside screaming in front of me
hiking in the balkan mountains with my wonderful bulgarian friends Boyan and Geri, then on the train back to Sofia, getting invited to go rock climbing with said stranger and becoming great friends
played ultimate frisbee with 28 other college students, all strangers to me, and everyone of them from different countries, playing together and speaking 6 or 7 languages at a time in a conversation. This was in a courtyard in front of the Himeji Castle in downtown Himeji, Japan
Teach, Learn, Share
I've apprenticed under a five star chef from the French Culinary Federation for about 3 years. I've learned a lot and I love food. I love everything about it. how it can amaze someone. I love to cook for people but I also, probably more so, love to learn so that, even if for a little while, my thirst for knowledge is sated.
I can teach massage- my friend who went to school for it for 4 years taught me a couple of things over the years
How to ride a motorcycle
How to travel on pennies,
how to wash dishes with joy
How to give a hug :P
how to lounge in a park
how to approach a stranger
how to make origami flowers
Countries I’ve Visited
Bulgaria, England, Greece, Japan, Puerto Rico, Turkey, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Japan, Romania, United States