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If you request to surf with me, please mention something you read in my profile...CS is about connecting with people, not just a free place to sleep. I'm sure you would agree :)
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"Live as if I were to die tomorrow. Learn as if I were to live forever"
Hmmm, about me...I'm often inspired, curious, adventure seeking, and very happy to be alive. I try and live an ethical life, but could always do better.
I have an extreme enthusiasm for life's little gifts, an ability to find the 'adventure' in anything. I'm a collector of experiences. I love observing people as if they were characters in a book. I notice great details and it enriches my life. I love anything that is so powerful, impressive, or touching that it gives me goosebumps...Those are the kind of experiences I am constantly searching for. Where do I find them?.....in nature, hiking, camping, exploring. At home in the city at cultural events...theater, contemporary circus, live music, art exhibitions, etc., and in making genuine human connections.
I travel.... A LOT. For me it's like my gateway drug to personal evolution. It has shaped me in more ways than I can count.
I rode a motorcycle from India to Spain, trains from Beijing to Barcelona, I drove an old Volkswagen van from Sao Paolo to the Amazon, rode motorcycles through Indonesia, Philippines, and Mongolia, I hitchhiked across the Atlantic ocean on sailboats, and many many more adventures, and the most important lesson I learned along the way....PEOPLE ARE GOOD. Kindness and generosity are alive and well in this world.
I believe that life is an incredible gift and I decided a long time ago that I will live life to the fullest or die trying
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
"If you never did it, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good." -Dr. Seuss
PASSIONS: Travel, Literature, Music, Nature, Food
THINGS I ENJOY: Hiking, camping, climbing, photography, experimental photography, cooking, art, gardening, DIY, riding bikes around the neighborhood after a few drinks, a few drinks, cultural events and festivals, wine, chocolate eclairs, libraries (the older the better), sneaking into events that I dont have tickets to, trains, things that give me goosebumps, stories and storytelling, storms, passports, SCUBA diving, mosquito nets, interesting people, urban adventuring and exploration, art installations, fireworks, museums, picnics, mountains, the color orange, old buildings, really old opera recordings, milkshakes, good beer, people watching, star-gazing, serendipity, waterfalls, foreign movies, deep/philosophical conversations, magic, very green landscapes, airports and airplanes, podcasts, second hand stores and flea markets, botanical gardens, sunsets and sunrises, hot sauce, climbing trees, gypsies, vaudeville, introducing people to new things, bees, exploring countries on little motorcycles
Music, Movies, and Books
FOLK, WORLD, JAZZ, BLUES, GYPSY, CLASSIC ROCK, CLASSICAL
Scott Claassen, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Yann Tiersen, Manu Chao, Boubacar (Kar-Kar) Traore, Ali Farka Toure, Nick Drake, Iron and Wine, Django Reinhardt, Devendra Banhart, Thierry "Titi" Robin, Kroke, Rene Aubry, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, Simon and Garfunkel, Rolling Stones, The Band, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sublime, Gotan Project, Hank Williams, Ray Charles, Cesaria Evora, Compay Segundo, Buena Vista Social Club, Miriam Makeba, Joao Gilberto, Gilberto Gil, Jorge Ben, Nouvelle Vauge, Edith Piaf, Chavela Vargas, Goran Bregovic, 17 Hippies, Thomas Fersen, Petra Magoni/Musica Nuda, 5nizza, Guts, Rupa & the April Fishes, Emily Loizeau, Llasa de Sela, Marisa Monte, Cat Power, Nina Simone, Philip Glass, First Aid Kit, Chinese Man, Andrew Bird
CHAPLIN -- WOODY ALLEN -- WES ANDERSON -- JEAN PIERRE JEUNET -- P.T. ANDERSON -- EMIR KUSTURICA -- WONG KAR-WAI -- INGMAR BERGMAN -- COHEN BROTHERS -- CHARLIE KAUFMAN -- DOCUMENTARIES
Amelie, City of Lost Children, Baraka, Koyannisqatsi, Y Tu Mama Tambien, In the Mood for Love, 2046, Cinema Paradiso, Black Cat White Cat, In the Time of the Gypsies, The Big Lebowski, Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Amores Perros, Indiana Jones, The Princess Bride, Magnolia, Royal Tenenbaums, Darjeeling Limited, Pan's Labyrinth, City of God, Life is Beautiful, Lovers of the Arctic Circle, Wild Tales, Pulp Fiction, Motorcycle Diaries, Being John Malkovich, Why we Fight, Fog of War, The Corporation, Il Postino, Simon, The Fall, Fanny & Alexander, There Will be Blood, Woody Allen movies, The Planet Earth series
JOHN STEINBECK, JACK KEROUAC, ERNEST HEMINGWAY, GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ, MARK TWAIN
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Tortilla Flat, East of Eden, Grapes of Wrath, The Sun Also Rises, Farewell to Arms, Sound and the Fury, Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, The Prophet, Slaughterhouse Five, Jitterbug Perfume, Catch-22, Lolita, The Great Gatsby, 9 Stories, 1984, Ishmael, Into the Wild, The Alchemist, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey, The Little Prince, Master and Margarita, The Future of Life, The Razors Edge, The Picture of Dorian Grey
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I think everyone should try and do something EVERY DAY that they can put in this box.
Today, I didn't hit the SNOOZE button.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Stories and food (I'm a bit of a foodie). Love for my neighborhood and a tour to explore it.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Argentina, Costa Rica, Guatemala, India, Kenya, United States