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I've been travelling for the past two years non-stop, and will continue for two more maybe. I'm travelling alone and am always looking for friends, people to get coffee or dinner or drinks with, and just people to talk to.
My family travelled a lot when I was growing up. I grew up in Dallas but my earliest memories are in Mexico and China. Every year we spent our holidays with my dad's family in New Orleans, visit my mom's family in Beijing, and take long road trips through Mexico. My dad preferred towns that didn't have phone lines yet; we'd just travel with big road maps and ask in each town where to go next.
15 years later and now I'm travelling solo full time, and probably will for the next 2 years or so. I try to spend more time in each place to make more friends and learn the small local things more.
I'm super calm and quiet.
I like listening to people more than talking, but I've learned how to carry a conversation fine too.
I really like spicy food and I don't eat much meat. I'll always try something new at least once though.
I love hiking and scuba diving, and nature in general.
I enjoy quiet bars but not clubs. I prefer places where you can easily hear someone two or three chairs away
I'm usually down for drinks, coffee, tea, matcha, any meal, board games, walking around, hikes, sports days, anything cultural, and sometimes cooking too (if I can find the ingredients).
My biggest hobby outside of traveling is gardening. I like cacti and caudex plants. The fatter the better.
I don't have much interest in watching sports, shopping, or fashion.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I want to meet people and learn how they live and what their culture is. I want to be able to meet anyone from anywhere and have a common ground and understanding with them.
I don't have goals to travel to x number of countries or anything like that. I'm just trying to learn and understand how the world works.
And of course, I want to make a lot of great friends along the way :)
- scuba diving
- hip hop
- long walks
- spicy food
- hacer senderismo
Music, Movies, and Books
Used to be mostly hip-hop and r&b but now it's more eclectic. I try to pick up local music from wherever I am and make a new playlist for every place I go. All my spotify playlists are public https://open.spotify.com/user/pjhell42 ! Some favorite artists are Frank Sinatra, Kanye West, H.E.R, Jhene Aiko, Kendrick Lamar, Ennio Morricone, J Cole, Karol G, Lauryn Hill, Post Malone, and Joy Oladokun.
I like intense movies that are very emotional, very beautiful, or with interesting plots. I keep track of all the movies I've liked and all the movies that people tell me to see, so send me your recs! Some of my favorites are:
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood
Into the Spiderverse
It's such a beautiful day
and most films by Tarantino and Miyazaki
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Scuba dived with sea lion pups in La Paz
Saw humpback whales jumping in Hawaii and La Paz
Swam with whale sharks in La Paz and Koh Tao
Walked among the trees of Sequoia National Park
Hiked the Narrows and Angel's Landing of Zion National Park
Saw the milky way camped half-way up Mt Rainier
Saw the sun set over a sea of clouds in Huang Shan, and again in the Paramo in Colombia, and in the coastal mountains of San Francisco
Island hopped along the estuaries, bayous, and barrier islands of the gulf coast for a few weeks in an old sailboat
Climbed Mt Fuji from the very base to the top for sunrise
Spent Dia de los Muertos in Oaxaca
Road tripped across Xinjiang
Saw sunset over the clouds in central Taiwan
What I Can Share with Hosts
I like giving recommendations about places I've been. Usually I give much more recommendations than people expect when they ask me. Especially with nature and nice places in the US. Like I'll pull up Google maps and point to all the neighborhoods and describe every single one with restaurants and cafes and bars in all of them.
I can teach how to play Fly Me to the Moon on piano, with all the chords, and why the chords work that way. And other jazz chord progressions that are related.
I can cook pasta or vegetables in a Californian style, or chili in a southern USA style, or some chinese american dishes. I can make very delicious broccolini, dinosaur kale, belgian endive, cabbage with lao gan ma, black bean quesadillas, and pastas.
I know a lot about clean energy, climate change, and food systems/plants' affect on history, if you're curious. And all my experiences travelling around through different cultures the past few years.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United States, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, British
Countries I’ve Lived In
Brazil, China, Colombia, Japan, Mexico, Thailand, Turkey, United States