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To experience this wonderful planet and be useful to its people
Hello everybody. My name is Rafael. I am originally from Guatemala, Central America. After nearly 4 yrs living in London, and 2 and a half yrs in Atlanta, GA, I am currently working on a project in Guatemala, where I will be for a while, until they send me abroad again. I spend most of my time in the gorgeous town of Antigua (the most beautiful city in Central America by far), where I will be able to host fellow couch surfers.
I ask you to read my whole profile before sending me a couch surfing request (especially this section and the "my home" section). It is very important for me that you do so (and I have a way of knowing that you did).
And please...do not send requests more than 3 weeks before your arrival. I do not know if I will be home because I also like to travel during the weekends.
Now, back to me:
I am a 50 yrs old guy who does its best to enjoy life and to help other people realize their dreams. I have an adventurous spirit as well. Especially, I love to be of help with those who, like me, are infected with the "travel bug".
In Antigua, I live in a very nice apartment located within walking district of the main touristic attractions and I would love to host couch surfers and show them around.
During the weekends, I sometimes go to my place in Lake Atitlan, where I have a nice house and a boat, and of course, I love to take my couch surfing guests over there.
I can provide you blankets, towels and soap.
I would say a period of 3 to 4 days would be ok for me.
French and Italian speaking guests are especially welcome, because I need to practice both languages in order not to lose them.
I don´t smoke and my flat is a non smoking environment. Also not at all into drugs.
Traveling and meeting people from other countries and backgrounds has always been my passion. If I had the time and the money, I guess I would be traveling all the time !!
I like to consider myself as quite tolerant easy going, open minded and friendly.
I have had the chance to travel over Asia (China, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore), The Middle East and Northern Africa (Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan), Australia and New Zealand, and almost nearly all the countries in South, Central, North America and Europe.
I am gay myself, so that must be ok for you if you want to stay in my house.
I have a very nice kitchen, but I am a terrible cook....so people who loves to cook are particularly welcome....I really enjoy when my guests prepare a nice dinner to share with me.
All my love to all of you couch surfers !!
I am accepting of people with different opinions and points of views than mine. I actually love their company, and yes, I love to have constructive discussions about any kind of topic that I think I know a bit about.
Of course, I have my own point of view, like anybody else.
I believe in free market economy.
I believe aboundance comes from a space of giving, not from expecting things from people.
Traveling is a passion for me. I enjoy it and it rejuvenates me.
I believe in love...I have experienced it, given it and received it....it´s such a blessing.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I would love to offer accomodation and to explore the possiblities to get accomodation in my constant trips all over the World.
I would love to meet people, to help them they way around in Guatemala, where I am currently based.
I have been a very active host both in London and Atlanta, and I have also had experienced the hospitality of wonderful Csers who have hosted me in Amsterdam, Oslo, Charleston (SC), Savannah (GA), Edinburgh, and New York City, among other places
Nature and animals
Meeting interesting people
Getting to know myself (I still have to work on that)
History and nature documentaries
Discussing World current affairs
Reading books (contemporary novels and yes....a few self help books here and there)
- scuba diving
- bungee jumping
- rock climbing
Music, Movies, and Books
In English: ABBA (my favourite band ever), Fleetwood Mac, Madonna, The Carpenters, Queen, Blondie, Reo Speedwagon, Boney M, Credence Clearwater, Pet Shop Boys, Divine, Journey, The Beatles and all those nostalgic tracks from the 60s. Westlife, Mika, Lady Ga Ga, Katy Perry.
In Spanish: Mecano (My favourite band in Spanish language), Jose Luis Perales, Juan Gabriel, Ella Baila Sola, Joan Manuel Serrat, Mercedes Sosa, Alux Nahual, Alejandra Guzman, Gloria Trevi, Shakira, Paulina Rubio, Thalia, Kabah, Gypsy Kings, Azucar Moreno.
Also like Classics: Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt, Mozart.
And New Age: Enya, Yanni, Kitaro.
MOVIES: American Beauty, the Godfather, Slumdog Millionaire, As Good as It Gets, The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro).
TV SERIES: Desperate Housewives, Sex and the City, Queer as Folk, Six Feet Under.
BOOKS: The 4 Agreements, the Da Vinci Code, Siddharta, L´Etranger, and all those self help books I keep reading all the time.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
-Scuba diving with sharks in the Bahamas
-Parapenting in Rio de Janeiro
-Being able to get an MBA degree with a non Mathematical background !!
- Being with the lions, elephants, and giraffes in and African Safari.
-Scuba diving in Raja Ampat, Indonesia.
Teach, Learn, Share
I believe in the innate beauty of the human mind and soul, and the goodness of human beings.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
El Salvador, Guatemala, Spain, United Kingdom, United States