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Michael Avila

San Jose, CA, USA

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  • 14 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning French, Italian, Vietnamese
  • 43, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Formerly an academic high school cou...
  • Bachelor of Arts, San Jose State Uni...
  • From San Jose, California
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About Me


To experience as many new cultures as possible and dance Salsa with people from all over the globe


Growing up in San Jose, California, also known as Silicon Valley, is very culturally rich as it is one of the most diverse places on Earth which I myself am a respresentative not only geographically, but also since I am of Mexican, Japanese and Czech nationalities. I feel that I have a cultural senstitivity very distinct since I grew up around my diverse family.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


When I have surfed couches I always take into account what my hosts are involved with and what they offer me to participate in-sometimes or many times they have personal obligations such as work or relationships which I of course respect. I have been invited to a church function, an outdoor reggae ska concert, a hike to a remote beach or just dinner with the grandparents. Each time I regard it as an opportunity to get to know other people in a profound and intimate manner not as some have described some couch surfers as just wanting a free place to crash. I also share my Californian, American, Mexican-mixed heritage background with others and help others to learn the languages I know or just to teach the dancing I do such as salsa or bachata or to prepare and cook a meal together. CS is truly an amazing tool and system that brings different cultures and people together that might never have such an opportunity.


I have surfed with families, professionals, students, couples and people from different cultures.....not always from CS as when I stayed in Oxford with former college friends, but officially it does not count as a CS experience.


I love dancing, hiking, cooking ethnic and healthy food, exercising, watching independent and foreign films, reading books about world history with an emphasis on Chicano, Latin American and American Indian cultures, building communities through working with and empowering youth, challenging myself, and learning new things.

Music, Movies & Books

System of a Down, Public Enemy, Rage Against the Machine, Marvin Gaye, Euretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Bob Marley, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Michael Jackson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Pixes, Vicente "Chente" Fernandez, Mana, Caifanes, Shakira, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, El Gran Combo, Fruko y sus Tesoros, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Boston, Eagles, Miles Davis, Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Temptations, Commodores, Arrested Devlopment, Nas, Jagged Edge, New Edition

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Hiking Yosemite Half Dome as it was the most physically and mentally challenging experience in my life-I was sore for weeks. Seeing the Grand Canyon, but I did not have time to hike to the basin which will be one of my next experiences. Or the time I came back from an overnight Dublin ferry and I got to London at the break of dawn in which I saw the sun come up over Buckingham Palace!

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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