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Daniela and Juan

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires City, Argentina

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Overview

  • 95 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning Italian
  • 26, Other
  • Member since 2009
  • Travel writers and full-time travelers!
  • Our lives are our best education
  • From Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To cross Asia overland from The Philippines to Turkey, hitchhiking, camping and meeting couchsurfers on the way!

ABOUT ME

We are a couple that love travelling and meeting new friends from all over the world. A trip to a country is not complete if we don't share our experience with the locals, that's why CS is our number 1 travel resource!

We believe that the only way to put an end to prejudices is by learning, experiencing and trying to understand other people's culture.

We are simple people that made traveling a way of life. We want to see the world through our own eyes, and discover the less touristed spots on earth.

We left Argentina in December 2008, destination New Zealand. We went with the Working Holiday programme, and we had a hell of a time there. We have been working and travelling throughout the country for more than one year, and we meet awesome people and had unforgettable experiences!
Then, we went with the same programme to Australia, where we stayed 2 years among kangaroos and friendly locals.
In between we spent 10 months in Asia, continent that fascinates us. We learnt how to eat rice with chopsticks in China; how to travel with constant dirrhoea in India; how to deal with our "celebrities" status in Bangladesh; we slept every night on million-star hotels (that is, our tent) during our trip to Mongolia and met the most hospitable people imaginable in Iran... among countless fascinating experiences.

We have been on the road for the last 6 years. On January 2013 we started a project called "Without Borders", in wich we are hitchhiking from The Philippines to Turkey, crossing all over Asia to show people that hospitality exists in every single corner of the planet.

On our travel blog http://marcandoelpolo.com/ (only in Spanish, though) we share our experiences, tips and the willingness of inspiring people to travel.

After 6 years on the road, we can say that we are full-time travelers, or as some people call us "digital nomads". Not that we are very "digital", not at all, but mainly through our online writing is how we can keep traveling.

Oh, and one more thing... Dani is vegetarian (no meat, no seafood)

PHILOSOPHY

"We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us".

For us human attractions are more important than tourist attractions.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

We heard about CS while traveling in New Zealand, so now we are experiencing it as guests, but we'll be pleased to host travellers in Argentina once we are back home!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

We have had Couch Surfing experiences in Iran, China, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. All very positive!! From now on, we want to experience Couch surfing in every single country we visit :)

Interests

Well, it's a bit obvious to say, but we enjoy travelling a lot and meeting people from different cultures and all walks of life. It is really valuable for us knowing the world where we live.

Every single place in the world has its reasons for us to visit it and meeting the locals is on top of the list.

We are passionate writers and of course we love reading too. We enjoy photography as well and like trying (and learning how to cook) local specialities.

We aren't really into sightseeing, but prefer to spend a day in a new place visiting a market, sitting somwhere to see the life go by and wandering around without any set destination.

Music, Movies & Books

We love literature, movies and documentaries related to travels. We try to get informed as much as we can about the places we will visit... some books that we read and liked a lot:

- "1984" and "Animal Farm", George Orwell
- "A thousand splendid suns" and "The kite runner", Khaled Hosseini
- "The white tiger", Aravind Adiga
- "Lajja", Taslima Nasrin
- "Lost Horizon", A travel classic of all times! by James Hilton.
- "Video Night in Kathmandu", Pico Iyer
- "First they killed my father", Loung Ung
- "The happy isles of Oceania" and "The great railway bazaar", Paul Theroux
- "Playing with water", James Hamilton
- "On the road", Jack Kerouac
- "The Beach", Alex Garland (Yes, we know, the movie is pretty bad, but the book rocks!)

And soooo on... recommendations about good books are more than welcome!

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Start traveling and decide not to stop

Teach, Learn, Share

We believe that we all have something to learn from each other...

Countries I've Visited

Bangladesh, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uruguay, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Argentina, Australia, New Zealand

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