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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
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I grew up like gypsy, moving around often. Through my childhood I've lived in:
-Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, NYC
I'm from quite a large Puerto Rican & Peruvian family, it goes like this:
and from my father's new family:
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.
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!
Hmm, well just a few things:
-Cycling (I prefer road bikes to mountain bikes)
-Being politically incorrect
- video games
- rock climbing
- military science
Music, Movies, and Books
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Jimmy Eat World
Explosions in the Sky
Habla con Ella
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Science of Sleep
The Motorcycle Diaries
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Tropa De Elite
Cidade de Deus
Cidade dos Homems
The Fountain (intense musical Score)
"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
What I Can Share with Hosts
Dried Flowers & Leaves
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