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Learning to live in the moment. Its the most beautiful place to be.
I have recently graduated from the City University of New York with a B.A. in Documentary Film Production/English. I chose this as my focus after watching a Ross Kemp (English journalist) documentary series which inspired me to make films investigating social injustices. Being a U.S. military veteran, I chose to document issues surrounding veteran's affairs during my education. Now, I have felt the need to take a big step back from the direction I thought I was headed in to reevaluate my vision.
I have traveled to over 30 countries, with and without the military. When I was 19 years old, I visited my first foreign country, Eritrea (East Africa). It had such a profound impact on my impressionable young mind and it gave me an insatiable travel bug. Now I am working on creating a travel blog to document my experiences and the things i see while on the road.
I ahave just returned to the US after 4 months in India, Sri Lanka, with brief layovers in London and Paris. Now I'm just going with the flow, trying to find work in the documentary film world, while planning my next trip :)
Happiness lies within, we just have to find it.
As humans, we all have the inherent right and innate ability to be happy.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
"Show me your friends and I can show you yourself." Therefore, I am trying to connect with more people who are like minded and positive. The people you associate with have a big impact on your life, so the more positive people I have around the happier I will be :)
I've used it to hang out with people in new places. Always had great experiences. I have yet to surf or host anyone (when i was in a permanent location, my roommates weren't ok with it). I plan to use it a lot more in the future to meet more likeminded people.
I am currently very interested in yoga, meditation, and various aspects of spirituality and self healing.
Things I love: reading, the taste of beer, spicy food, and RAMEN. I am addicted to sports (mainly American Football). I enjoy photography, train rides, and short walks on the beach.
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: Hip Hop - Nas, 50 Cent, Damian Marley. While learning Spanish I really took to Reggaeton and I still enjoy it. I love classic rock. In my opinion, its the greatest musical contribution the U.S. has made. Classical music speaks to the soul sometimes (Philip Glass & Bach being my favorites)
Movies: Documentaries - Errol Morris' Fog of War is my favorite documentary (soundtrack by Philip Glass). Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock are always good for a political laugh. Ken Burns is the man (any filmmaker with an editing technique named after them is awesome). On the fiction side: war films, historical films, and Oliver Stone.
Books: Im currently reading The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace by the Dalai Lama, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Sailed on a ship underneath a billion stars. Knowing that all the noise of the mind doesn't really matter.
Teach, Learn, Share
I'd happily share film techniques I learned in school, Spanish lessons I learned in the streets of Colombia, or about American Football (I know, its a confusing game).
I'd love to meet anyone who can teach me something about myself, about yoga or meditation, or about their culture.
What can we share? A laugh or a beer is a universal connection :)
What I Can Share with Hosts
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, Eritrea, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hungary, India, Japan, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates
Countries I’ve Lived In
Colombia, Japan, United States