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  • 73 References 46 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Bulgarian, French, Greek (modern), Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Turkish
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • UX Design, Chef, Writer, Photographer, Consumate Hitchhiker
  • Life and that sort
  • From Manhattan NYC, Seattle WA
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About Me

"But of what are you a professor?"

"Aesthetics."

"What are aesthetics?"

"The study of beauty."

"Beauty? What for?"

"Beauty. Why not."
-Mark Helprin, A Soldier of the Great War

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See more of me here! - https://www.twitter.com/javierabegazo

I grew up like gypsy, moving around often. Through my childhood I've lived in:
-Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, NYC
-North Carolina
-Washington state

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I'm from quite a large Puerto Rican & Peruvian family, it goes like this:
Kevin, 29
Me, 27
Jenny, 23
Gabriella, 21
Vivianna, 7
Daniel, 5
Malachi, 3

and from my father's new family:
Kelly, 13
Nadia, 11

PHILOSOPHY

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
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If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans
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That people should follow their own path.
Truth is a different truth to each person, and that it is good to have the earnest discipline to remain open to change.
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

I've been on Couch Surfing.com for more than 10 years, and it remains one of the most endearing and important things in my life.

I believe that travel doesn't have to be impersonal, expensive, and lonely.

I love to host travelers whenever I stay in one place and have a roof to do so!

By spreading sunshine, laughs and memories with all the wonderful people that let me in their lives!

Interests

Hmm, well just a few things:
-Music
-Travel
-Dance
-Capoeira Angola
-Motorcycles
-Video Games
-Movie Soundtracks
-Story telling
-Poetry
-Hiking
-Swimming
-Ashtanga Yoga
-Gymnastics
-Cooking
-Eating :)
-Cycling (I prefer road bikes to mountain bikes)
-The Unknown
-Learning languages
-Laughing
-Photography
-Being politically incorrect

  • poetry
  • photography
  • coloring
  • beauty
  • dancing
  • capoeira
  • dining
  • cooking
  • yoga
  • running
  • motorcycles
  • flowers
  • movies
  • video games
  • traveling
  • origami
  • music
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • surfing
  • rock climbing
  • gymnastics
  • swimming
  • teaching
  • languages
  • military science
  • mountains

Music, Movies, and Books

Music
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Yves Montand
Georges Brassens
Edith Piaf
Jimmy Cliff
Steel Pulse
Jack Johnson
Paper Bird
My Bubba
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Motown
Jackson Five
Katie Melua
Damien Rice
Ray LaMontagne
Jimmy Eat World
Bob Marley
Capoeira Music
Spoken Poetry
Explosions in the Sky
Louis Armstrong
Ben Harper
Jeff Buckley
Amos Lee

Movies
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Habla con Ella
Pan's Labyrinth
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Science of Sleep
The Motorcycle Diaries
Bella
Atonement
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Snatch
Revolver
Smokin Aces
Tropa De Elite
Cidade de Deus
Cidade dos Homems
The Fountain (intense musical Score)

Literature
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"A Soldier of the Great War" by Mark Helprin (the most beautiful book I've ever read)

"The Sandman" by Neil Gaiman

"Redwall" by Brian Jacques

"Essays on Love" by Alain de Botton

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Hitchhiked for 3 years from Romania, through Bulgaria, the western coast of Turkey and Greece.

Hosted over 57 couchsurfers one heady summer at my apartment in Brooklyn, NYC

Running down a mountain trail as fast as I could with Boyan, and the bulgarian countryside screaming in front of me

Hiking in the Balkan Mountains trudging through the snow with my wonderful friends Boyan and Geri, then on the train back to Sofia, getting invited to go rock climbing by a 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 3 years. I love the craft and tactile experience of cooking; how it can amaze & surprise. How food can be so connected one's identity. I love to cook for people but moreover I love to learn the foods that another grew up with, what they associate with tastes and color.

How to Massage
How to ride a bike
How to play a game
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 & cranes
Ashtanga Yoga

What I Can Share with Hosts

Hugs
Stories
Photos
Experiences
Laughs
Dried Flowers & Leaves
Music
Movies
Sound Recordings I've made around the world

Countries I’ve Visited

Bulgaria, France, Greece, Japan, Puerto Rico, Romania, Switzerland, Turkey, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Greece, Japan, Turkey, United States

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