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Hi there, I'm Juan.
Describing myself is always a bit weird, so I'll try my best.
I'll start by saying that I love meeting people. Anything that involves a face-to-face meetup, whether that's going for a walk, grabbing a beer, or some wine, or cooking something tasty, I'm down!
People say I'm a really good cook, and I (not very humble of me, I know) agree. I love cooking for others and enjoying an exciting, interesting, and eye-opening conversation. If you love cooking, we should cook together. And if you love eating, let's have lunch or dinner and I'll prepare something tasty to accompany a great conversation.
There are 2 quotes I believe define me and which I always try to share and reflect on. These phrases have inspired me to do many things in my life, and I'm really proud of what I've accomplished by going out of my comfort zone.
- "A stranger is just a friend you haven't met"
- "The impossible just takes a little longer"
- "If you were on your deathbed and were given a chance to come back to today... What would you do right now?"
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I'm a very passionate person. About what, usually depends on what I'm focusing on, but everything I do, I do it with all my heart and mind put into it.
One thing that I absolutely love is traveling. Well, it's quite obvious if you are reading my bio on CouchSurfing, isn't it? But I truly feel something special about traveling. You see, when I was little, I used to travel with my parents: we'd go to hotels or rent an apartment, go to museums, all the usual stuff. But when I started traveling on my own, I discovered what traveling truly meant for me: it's all about connecting with new people and completely different cultures. It's about sharing my story and my reality, and soaking in that of others.
Travelling has opened my eyes to a new world; a new way of living. It's made me question most things around me in ways I never imagined, and I believe that made me a more mindful, contemplative, and kind person. And I aim to keep going in that direction.
Generally speaking, my pursuit is that of freedom, happiness, and friends. Though usually said lightly, I say those words 100% intentionally. I believe the world we live in is plagued with inequalities, some that I suffer myself, some that I don't. But I believe it's crucial to try to make a dent in the opposite direction.
I'm a very political person. Not because I have stakes on some party or anything. But because I believe everything is political. Inequality is political, injustice is political, violence is political. Even one's philosophy can be political.
In that, what I'm trying to say is that I care. I care about people, I care about what happens in the world, and I care about what we are all doing to make it better. So, I'll always be happy to chat about anything, be that history, discuss the present, or hypothesize about the future.
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However, that doesn't mean I don't enjoy other things.
I'm a big music lover. Music plays a huge role in my life, and I'm always looking for new things to listen to. I'm particularly fond of great beats and lyrics that reflect the world we live in, but I pretty much enjoy anything that has a beat or lyrics. If you have any recommendations, I'm all ears.
I'm also a big nerd. I'm passionate about sciences (especially maths and physics), history, social studies, space exploration, flight, and probably a really long list of (really cool in my opinion) things.
And if you really want to know what brings out a huge smile from me, it's flying. Although I love planes, I love flying on something else. I'm a paramotor pilot. If you don't know what those are, it's like a paraglider (the ones people use to launch from mountains and glide down), but with a motor on your back. Flying has been a life-long dream for me. When I found out about this sport, I was blown away. It's like having an aircraft that you can store inside your car. I'll leave a few pictures within my profile photos so you can take in the beauty of flying through the skies and feeling the air rushing through your body.
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If you are a nice person, who'd love to eat some tasty food, have some fun and deep conversations, and genuinely just wants to have a good time, I'd love to meet you and go for a drink, or a walk, or some food.
If I'm travelling and you happen to have space to host someone, I'd love to stay with you and get to know you a bit better.
And if you are traveling, I'd love to host you too. My apartment is quite small, but I have already hosted people here (so far no more than 2 at once). We can enjoy (and play) music, we can sit down for hours and talk, go dancing and partying, go out for a walk, drink some beers, cook some delicious food together, or anything fun that comes to mind!
I would LOVE to hear about your projects, your ideas, your hopes, aspirations, what you think about the world, society, and anything that could be on your mind. I would love to get to know you and your culture, and I hope I can also teach you about my country, my people, and me.
I really hope I can host you or meet you somewhere so we can meet, talk, laugh, and enjoy together.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I'm in this community for the same reason I went travelling.
I'm not here for free accommodation (or to get money from hosting people), in the same way that I didn't go to Europe to see nice landmarks and take pictures of me there.
I'm here because I believe in people and I want to meet as many and as diverse people as I can. I want to expand my horizons both in friendships and in cultures and knowledge.
I live by the phrase "strangers are just friends we haven't met yet", and my goal here is to turn as many strangers into lifelong friends as I can. I'm here to discover your true you, and in that, learn a bit more about myself as well.
- computer science
- meeting new people
- cultural exchange
- sharing ideas
Music, Movies, and Books
I don't like just throwing in titles, so I'm just going to say that I love reading books that teach you something. Maybe books with historical content, or books that make an analysis of a certain situation, field of study, etc.
One form of entertainment that I love is a YouTube channel called Yes Theory. They are a group of people who share the idea of living life intentionally and pursuing one's dreams. Their motto is "Seek Discomfort", and it's one that deeply resonates with me. If you know Yes Theory, we'll probably have a lot to chat about. And if you don't I strongly suggest you find them on YouTube, it might open a few doors for you too.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Instead of saying one or two things that I did concretely that I'm really proud on, I'd say that the most amazing thing I've done, and continue to do, is to always listen to myself and my desires and follow my dreams, despite how wild they usually are.
They can include things like backpacking at the age of 17, moving out of my parent's home early on, learning to fly a paramotor, and now building a campervan to travel and live in.
Teach, Learn, Share
I'm here to teach and learn as much as I can. I'm happy to share as much knowledge as I can, and as much of my perspective as I can.
I'm not looking forward to learning something in particular from you. Instead, I'd love to discover the things that you are passionate about and learn about them. I'd love to let the conversations drift away into the unexpected and get your perspective about whatever we end up talking about.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Apart from the usual (cleaning, organizing, etc) I love to cook for my hosts (or with them). I LOVE cooking, as you've probably read already, and I love preparing something tasty to share. I can also offer some great conversations and plans; and most importantly, personal space. Although you'll be hosting me, we all need some space sometimes, so I'll be happy to respect that and stay out of your way when you do.
Outside of that, I have loads of stories to share and I'm eager to hear yours too. You'll always see a smile on my face and a willingness to give a hand where needed.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Cuba, England, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay
Countries I’ve Lived In