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Originally from India, but grew up in the US. Just returned to Texas after traveling for a couple of years.
I like stories and pushing my boundaries. I'm mellow and easy-going. Share your experiences with me and I'll do likewise. Talking to other people, reading, and living in general are learning experiences, and I embrace them.
I'm into non-commercial means of existence, movement, and connection: hitchhiking, dumpster-diving, wild camping, and all other forms of the free life.
I like forming authentic, positive, empowering relationships with people. However I don't take myself as seriously as the previous statement implies.
I am a vegetarian, but I don't preach and don't have a problem with omnivores. I make a kick-ass guacamole and would be happy to make it for you.
I LOVE BIKES! if you are into biking as well, we should ride together.
I believe in empathy, respect, and co-operation.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I surfed quite a bit when I was nomadic, and now that I've got a stable home I'm hosting.
(pay it forward)
Social movements, avocados, cultures, the future, science, beer, history, BIKES, philosophy, hitchhiking, conversation, music, literature, tasty food, meeting people and making friends.
Music, Movies, and Books
Crushing and enrapturing; serene and spine-tingling; bleak and beautiful.
If you absolutely must have genres: (post-)rock, (post-)metal, and progressive music generally. I also listen to electronic music, but I'm REALLY picky about it. However, I'll listen to anything if it's good enough.
I read voraciously. Mostly science fiction, which is my one true love when it comes to books. I will talk to you for hours about this subject if you're interested. I also like social/critical theory and historical studies, which are my main non-fiction reading material. Also a big fan of Borges, Pelevin, Eco, etc.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I researched the indignados (AKA movimiento 15M) in the summer of 2011. In Madrid, I witnessed the atmosphere in Puerta de Sol when thousands came together in solidarity against the political and economic status quo. I met inspiring people, and we shared stories and viewpoints freely. It gave me great hope for our young generation worldwide.
Hitchhiking really opened up new worlds for me in a way I didn't understand or expect at first, but for which I'm deeply thankful.
Various rainbow gatherings, which are Eden on Earth and a totally different mode of existence and community from "everyday life".
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iraq, Italy, Kosovo, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Costa Rica, Czech Republic, India, United States