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I think the best way to describe myself is to let other people do it for me, so feel free to read the references first!
For the past 10 years, I've been living and traveling all over the world. Basically, I chase experiences and want the best that life has to offer. From running with the bulls in Spain to spending three days in a potato-vodka-induced haze at an electronic music festival on the Black Sea, I'm trying to do it all.
Since I can remember, I always dreamed about traveling and exploring new cultures, and when I graduated from my university, I decided to make it happen. I started an internet-based consulting business, worked hard to make it successful, and never looked back. Thanks to this business, I'm able to move around the world as much as I want. So far, I've lived in 7 countries.
Everyone from my sister to my fourth-grade teacher has accused me of not being able to sit still. But hey, I'm one of those people that sees that as a blessing, because if you're sitting down all the time, what are you possibly going to discover in this world?
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
While I’ve hosted more than 50 people, I’ve only CouchSurfed once. A CouchSurfer who stayed at my apartment in Buenos Aires literally gave me the keys to his apartment in Rio during Carnaval and took off to Chile (see Beto below in my References). That level of openness and trust is what I love most about the CS community – well, that and our amazing ability to start a party no matter where we are.
In 2007, I met a couple German guys at Argentina's Oktoberfest celebration who were traveling the world, and they told me about the community. I offered to let them sleep in my living room whenever they made it to Buenos Aires and they were at my door 5 days later. They spent 10 action-packed days with me, and by the time they left, I was wondering where CouchSurfing had been all my life :)
Since then, I’ve met so many incredible people, ranging from Australian video game journalists to the rhythm section of a Saudi Arabian art rock band. They’ve taught me essential life lessons, like how to say "Cheers" and curse in 15 languages. Most importantly, they’ve also taught me that a smile, an open mind, and a lot of sign language can get you just as far as your passport when you’re traveling.
- red wine
- electronic music
- emergency services
- sign language
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
The Run of The Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. It’s an indescribable festival.
During the first year I was there, I saw an intense riot that was broken up by armored riot police shooting guns loaded with rubber bullets. Because I had enjoyed several glasses of red wine with breakfast, I thought they were actually shooting at people.
When I returned two summers later, I took it much easier on the wine and actually ran with the bulls. I made it into the stadium just behind the pack for the part not everyone sees on TV... letting bulls with padded horns loose in the stadium to trample the runners.
Some things are so dumb they are completely genius.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can stop bullets with a focused stare… but, unfortunately, that’s a skill you’re either born with or you're not ;)
I do, however, know how to teach you some very naughty words in Spanish and show you how to make a Bolognese sauce that will make your taste buds do the Tango.
I’m also always happy to share some crazy and hilarious travel stories that I guarantee you’ve never heard before. I’ve probably got at least 10 in the same league as the events that led up to the police chief at the Argentine jail saying, in Spanish, “So, you’re the innocent one? Come with me.”
Countries I’ve Lived In
Argentina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Hungary, Mexico, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine