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Hi! I’m Martin I’ve been living in Córdoba since 2009 and I feel myself as a Cordobés but in truth I’m from La Pampa, a province in the center of Argentina. I always like clarifying this, because I don’t have the famous Córdoba accent. I think my idea about couchsurfing have maturated along the time. At the beginning I used to receive people at home because I thought that would make easier for me find a host when I travel. Then I had the opportunity of live abroad for a time and CS helped me to make many friends and discover different cultures, so when I returned to Argentina I started again receiving people, but with the idea (and may be the necessity) to share the time, the costums, the culture… After that, the routine obligated me to stop with CS for a time but now I’m ready to start again!
Here in Córdoba I work as a volunteer in two organizations that address social reality from two different points of view, or rather they deal with two completely different aspects. One of them is Techo, an organization who work at Córdoba settlements taking notes about the situation of the families who live there, building emergency houses, and doing some others different programs. And the other one is Cordobesiando a group into the national university of Córdoba who work with students from different parts of the world who come to Córdoba to do an exchange, our mission is to spread the Argentinian and Latin American culture doing workshops about history, music, cinema, dance etc. Cordobesiando, with a philosophy of a world without frontiers, also wants to export our model of open and public university where the students work for others students.
I enjoy reading a book, going out (to take a walk or to go party haha) and enjoy talking while we are drinking Mate. I visited some countries in the American continent and of everywhere, I took a little bit of knowledge. I speak Spanish (It’s my mother language), Portuguese (It’s a language what I love) and English (The most necessary language for me and the worst I speak haha). At moment I´m trying to improve my English a little more.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I think things like Couchsurfing help us to be better people. Just think about it, if you turn on the TV or if you read the news everybody are telling you how distrustful you have to be. But suddenly you discover CS and then you are going out or receiving at home (your home!) a completely strange. So you may be going to have a friend or, at least, a link with another country, and imagine if everybody have a good contact with people in every part of the world, How can we have things like wars? For example. The economic interest could be overcome for the power of friendship (I know it’s sound like a phrase from Jimmy Hendricks haha)
I enjoy talking about travel (like almost everyone in CS I guess haha). I like people who is open to different points of views, who know about different topics, although maybe I’ve no idea about it, because I like listening diverse opinions. I think if you are travelling you have to be flexible and not be shy and include yourself in the life of the the place you are visiting and the life of your host too.
Music, Movies, and Books
I like almost whatever kind of music, except heavy metal and electronic. The Argentinian rock and the “murga oriental” are my favorite music genres, but I’m not the kind of people who know a lot about music. My favorite actual band is Perotá Chingo. About books, right now I’m reading one of Sábato and I really like it. My favorite movie is The life of David Gale but I have to recognize I really like the Star Wars saga and Jurassic Park.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I don’t know if I did incredible things but, I’m sure, I did very funny things:
Rowing a boat between alligators in the Everglades
Parasailing at the Atlantic Ocean
Hitchhiking for a week in Minas Gerais
Travelling on a communist bus to Brasilia to participate in a strike
Following sheeps in the middle of the mountains when we were lost in Isla del Sol
Crossing a road collapsed during the rainy season, in way to Machu Picchu
Teach, Learn, Share
I want to improve my English, I can change some English classes, for mate, beer, or may be, some Spanish classes ;)
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Argentina, Brazil, United States