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"I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived... I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life" -Thoreau
We (Armando and Christine) met in Oaxaca, Mexico. After a long, woeful journey through the US immigration process, we are now based in Georgia, USA. We laugh at the irony that a "Macho Mexicano" and a "Gringa Loca" should have met and fallen in love. Our relationship and our life is a meeting of cultures that is a never-ending learning experience. Our backgrounds are completely different, but our core beliefs are in harmony. We value family, integrity, honesty, kindness, simplicity. We are both resourceful, grateful and flexible.
Right now my purpose is to help my students adjust to their new home and American culture through the learning of English. One day we will return to Oaxaca where we are building (albeit, very slowly) a solar powered, grey water system, lovely little house.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. - Albert Einstein
I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. - Michael Jordan
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
We just got back on the road after a 7 year "settled" phase as a taxi company owner/public school teacher in suburban Atlanta. Now at Renaissance Festival in Tuxedo, New York and looking to take some mini-excursions around New England.
We had the most amazing 3 week couch surfing trip. I was a little nervous at first about showing up on a stranger's doorstep, but the people who received us were so warm, welcoming, and wonderful that we will treasure forever the memories, and hope to develop some newfound international friendships.
We like spending time with family and friends, good conversation, salsa dancing, trying new foods, traveling. We like to putter about the house. We are a pretty quiet couple. I really enjoy watching the sunset.
- salsa dancing
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: The Princess Bride, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, American Beauty, Donnie Darko, The Big Lebowski, Y tu mamá también, The Fifth Element, Run Lola Run, The Fall, Valentín, The Motorcycle Diaries, The Matrix, Office Space, Monsters, Inc., The Breakfast Club,
Music: Violent Femmes, Siouxsie and the Banshees, PIXIES, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, R.E.M., Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Molotov, Control Machete, Julieta Venegas, Santana, Grateful Dead, U2, The Ramones, They Might Be Giants, Janis Joplin, Jane's Addiction, Jarabe de Palo, Orishas, The Cure, Juan Luis Guerra, Maná, Clay Hillman, Echo and the Bunnymen, Tori Amos, Ani DiFranco, Sarah McLachlan, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews Band, David Bowie, Jack Johnson,
Books: The Mists of Avalon, The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, Harry Potter 1, Harry Potter 2, Harry Potter 3, Harry Potter 4, Cat's Cradle, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The World According to Garp, Sometimes a Great Notion, Catcher In The Rye, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Illuminated Rumi, The Diary of Frida Kahlo, Calvin and Hobbes
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Looked down upon an eagle soaring in the mountains of Colorado.
Teach, Learn, Share
We can teach you to dance salsa!
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Mexico, United States