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Hey there I'm Daniel. Puerto Rican and Jewish-American. I graduated from university in 2012 and have been working since. I love meeting new and different people. Usually I am very outgoing with strangers thus I am approachable. After studying in the Netherlands my love for bicycles has soared. Though the United States as a whole isn't a bicycle paradise I adapt as best I can to make cycling an integral part of my life. I love to experiment with different food dishes when time and resources are available. Mastering the Creme Brule is high on my to-do-list. Whats your story?
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
To meet people from around the world
I make most attempts to attend or organize a few of the many couchsurfing events available to New Yorkers whether it be at a bar, dance club, exploring or playing sports. Since I technically live out on Long Island commuting to the Meetups in Manhattan quickly get very expensive.
Couchsurfing is an outlet for amazing opportunities to learn
**Hamburgers and Berliners**
My first trip into Germany was a Hamburg and Berlin swing. 3 friends and I used couchsurfing to travel in Germany and learn German culture. Christoph, our host from Hamburg, was open and friendly and welcomed us with open arms.
**Hitchhiking/Couchsurfing to Benelux**
As an American who was taught at an early age that talking to strangers was a bad idea I disobeyed that rule and went even further. Edyta and I hitch hiked from Groningen, NL to Brussels in Belgium. Although this is not the couch surfing topic we managed to squirm towards Brussels 9 hours after our departure. Our host, Mathieu Bourgois, took us in and made us feel welcome and good. Sharing some of his own travels with us we learned so much from another Couchsurfer and Morocco. Afterward Edyta and I traveled to Luxembourg where we met Christian. He was the man! Christian took us in to his lovely flat and even gave us a tour of the Luxembourg landscape. Yes I got to travel without spending a lot of money but it really showed me a greater aspect of our human nature. People are willing to give you what you need when you ask and are happy to do so. I think this is the underlying purpose of the CS project, to uncover the human kindness in all of us.
I sporadically visit the meet ups when I am not dead from working. I'll hit up a bar in Williamsburg or Lower Manhattan but if there is something extraordinary going on I'll make a special trip to go.
Cycling, Languages, Cooking, Environmental Issues
Music, Movies, and Books
I am interested in Fairy Tales. Currently reading 1Q84 by Murakami.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Jamaica, Poland, Puerto Rico, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Netherlands, United States