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a.- To expand my universe by discovering the world through its people, cultures, parties.. and through any wonders I can't imagine yet....... b.- I dont want to die without having gone out of my room... c. I want to be proud of each of my wrinkles :)
I want to love like Romeo & Juliet.. I adore close dancing.. I die without coffee, I live for travelling and art.. I admire culture and people.. I'm amazed about humanity and I am overwhelmed by existence itself...
and now a little video of me singing:
then dancing salsa:
.. some ballet rehearsal:
I'm a prudence fan and I try not to take life too seriously. But it's kind of hard hahaha
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye." Miss Piggy.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I spread the information of this project between trustworthy people and do my best to help visitors who contact me. I want to help this community to be safer and wider.
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Helpful links for your Mexico trip:
Everything -almost ;)- you need to know about DF, Wikipedia has it in several languages:
If you need to find out how to get somewhere in DF:
Cultural activities (spanish)
More cultural activities:
Cuban restaurant/live music:
You can also google for "Mamá Rumba" and "Mojito"
Bus & Airlines (please google them haha):
Omnibus de México
WELCOME AND HAVE FUN!!!
Ive recieved many people in my country, and so far Ive enjoyed a lot.
Ive met such amazing people in México, San Diego, san Francisco, NYC, Paris and Spain that I've got even more energy to continue in this project.
Ive also couchsurfed a lot.. I believe in cultural experience instead of the turistic one where you are not in touch with locals :)
I adore arts.. I live for dancing ANY kind of rythm.. love design and try to find the aesthetics of everything.. I practice yoga, ballet and latin rhythms.. I love traditions.. Cant get tired of analizing architecture or music or art.. I like art books, nice people, nice food.. only travelling and eating are stuff you take with you to the grave.. I also love thrift stores, but only when they're not smelly, hehehh...
Im always laughing.. I spy every instant looking for little details cuz I believe those are the ones that make life shine.. mmmmmmm.. I teach ballet to little girls.. children light up the day when you're done.. aammm... I adore black humor.
ammmm Im the happiest when I do gooffy and childish stuff.. which almost always include calling for attention haha
I also love music.. Its a part of me. I take singing lessons with my dad.. I love learning about almost everything..
I've been trough quite rough times so I care less about non-productive attitudes.. I try to keep it real and simple and love to find the nice side of everyone I meet. I take it as a challenge when people seem rude and do my best to find their soft side.
Go checkout my Tumblr. It's a pretty good show of the things that make me happy: www.lagrantagora.tumblr.com
Music, Movies, and Books
Music? Well, I love any kind of music.. I like from classical, to typical mexican music, from african rythms, to SALSA (well, they're not that far from each other :P)...irish music, techno, indian, japanese music, etc etc etc I think I would say that I love world music and the one that makes you want to dance forever..
But well, its easier to think of old ones:
Bach (his magnificat is awesome, and pretty much anything he made), Mozart, Tchaikovski, Grieg, Vivaldi ( I love Magnificat and Dixit Dominus and Flute concertos too specially), Schubert, also Beethoven of course.. I also like italian barroque arias and Im trying to learn some (listening to Magda LAslo and Cecilia Bartoli to try to follow the leaders!).. etc etc etc etc..
Books.. OK well Bargain books are super interesting hahaha.. old weird books; art books.. books on crafts and specially mixed media.. humour books like funny quotes or funny signs.. stupid stuff like that make me happy :P When I travel I always come back with at least 4 books.. just cant help it.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
1- Watching a theatre group called Strange Fruit in front of Bellas Artes here in Mexico}
2- Being reborn and learning the hard way that life is beautiful
3- Watching ballet at the Paris Opera House (twice!! yeah, baby!!!)
4- Dancing in front of an audience
5- Listening to my father give an opera conference in my university
6- Leaving baby turtles in the sea
7- Helping my dog give birth
8- Watching Santa Clara's Church ruins in Antigua, Guatemala
9- Visiting Centre Pompidou in Paris
10- Walking through Paris with no destination in particular
11- Visiting Tajín in Veracruz and Chichén Itzá in Yucatán
12- Visiting Santa María Tonantzintla Church in Puebla
13- Eating wonderful dinner made by a CS guest
14- Happyness crying :´)
15- Finishing my degree in Philosophy (well, still havent got my Title, but whatever!)
16- Discovering my mom as a friend
17- Finding a smile in the darkest soul
18- Laughing until my belly hurts
19- Donating all of my toys to a kid shelter
20- Teaching and noticing that they learnt
21- Finishing my Teaching Certificate..
22- Visiting the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay and every other museum I've wanted
23- Each and every one of my friends
24- Discovering that my sister is actually very cool
25- Going into a library and getting nervous in front of all that information
26- Being dressed as a local maya woman by a local maya family in Panajachel, Guatemala
27- Being born this lucky, and being grateful for it..
28- Short term relationships that are ment to last forever
29- Visiting the "Picasso et les maîtres" exposition in Paris.. Manet's Olympia and I were staring at each other for a while.. breathtaking.. one of the best days of my life..
30- Staring at Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and trying to figure it out..
31- Dancing zouk in Paris, with random gorgeous guys lol
32- Meeting wonderful people everywhere and being able to find to talk to strangers as if they were my friends :)
33. Realizing how happy I can be just swinging in the park
34. Sending postcards and putting smiles on my friend's faces.. then getting their thanks and putting a smile on mine too :P
35. Travelling around the US with my boyfriend
36. Learning Bel canto from my dad
37. Walking through central park and dancing funk and tribal, then listening to a little Bach and a little jazz.. awesome..
38. Wandering randomly in unknown cities..
39. Planning my life (so scary)
40. Sleeping in the car after a fancy dinner
41. Dancing on point shoes
42. Getting lost listening music
43. Writing this list
44. Finding & buyng cheap books @ second hand bookstores or on sale
45. My mom made a real size puppet of me when I was 10 (I mean, she made it this year and it looks like me when I was 10 haha)
46. Dancing african rhytms with random drum players in Seattle
47. Sitting & crying my eyes out because of the overwhelming feeling when visiting Westminster Abbey in London.. London with my friend Ritesh (it's on my friends' list)..
48. Getting free tickets out of the blue to watch Lion King at the last minute..
49. Singing in the streets of France (and getting good comments about it!!)
There's a lot more but I dont remember right now..
and there's waay more to come too ;)
Teach, Learn, Share
TIPS FOR A GOOD COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE:
Even when CS is amazing, I strongly recommend to have Plan A, Plan B, Plan C in case you recieve declining answers from your hosts or in case of emergency in general.. still look for hostels-- just in case locate a few in the place youre visiting..!
If you're a girl travelling alone I recommend this twice as strongly hahaha :) So far I have not got bad stories to tell but Ive been close to not so good experiences ;)
There's excellent tips on the Site's Tips section.. but I can also suggest that you spend a while talking with your host (through FB or messenger, for example)so that he can know something about you before you get to his couch! CS is about exchange.. its not only for saving your money (which is really good, saving money is good.. plus, if you save a little money you can always get your host something nice or take him out :))!!! If you stay at someone's place ask which rules you must follow; which schedule you're about to stick to.. if he needs anything from the supermarket; if you can cook your host a meal, teach him something you know.. etc! Participate, and if you percieve that your host is busy or stressed about his everyday life then just fade away and -obviously- try to bother the least possible.. :) And always bring something from your country.. Maybe its just me but I'd love to have a postcard from the country of my guests :D
Always have a prepaid phone card with you!!
Find your embassy!!
Beware of mexican SALSA--- spicyy (yummi)..!!
About teaching and sharing in general:
I can be a nice tourist guide.. I think my explanations are interesting (modest gal.. ha!) because I try to mix philosophy with art (in case they're really separated).. ideology leads culture and viceversa. However I wish I knew WAAAAY more... The more we learn the more we know we know nothing..
I can also teach you ballet. As funny as it sounds, its true.. This year I'll be finishing my 2nd year of my Dance Teaching Certificate Studies.. ouuff.. finally hehe
But we can always go salsa dancing.. Thats my wild passion haha.. (if we could catch another dance style, I would be really into it too) About sharing I can show you my photography page: I would love to take photodraphy more seriously in the future..
For travelling info about Mexico.. if you want to know more about mexican traditions or events, try this page:
www.mexigocity.com re coming our way. ;)
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Cuba, France, Guatemala, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In