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Uri Mendoza

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Overview

  • 13 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Spanish
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2013
  • Elementary school teacher
  • University of Toronto: Journalism; Y...
  • From Toronto, Ontario
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To live, love, and laugh.

ABOUT ME

Music is my drug of choice. Nothing in this world gives me greater joy than listening to a favourite album from front to back, catching a local independent band downtown somewhere, or having my eyebrows singed off from all the pyro at a rock show.

I was born in Managua, Nicaragua, but I've lived in Toronto since I was 3. I'm grateful to live in such a vibrant, diverse, and eclectic city that always has something to offer, whether it's cuisine from every corner of the world, great music onstage, an event or festival of some sort, or anything else your heart desires.

I have an ambitious dream to travel the world for a year someday. (Hopefully, someday will come in 2017-2018 if all goes according to plan.)

PHILOSOPHY

I'm a glass is half-full kinda guy, so I think life is just brighter when you smile.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I hitchhiked across most of Canada and stayed with local musicians in every city I visited. Every city offered a unique experience. Some hosts were friends I already knew, while others were strangers who became friends. For example, the couple I stayed with in Regina were actually in the process of moving to Toronto when I stayed with them, and we immediately hit it off. I'm still grateful to this day for the day Allysia and Mike came into my life.

I've never hosted anybody because I went to work in Korea for a year shortly after joining this site. However that hasn't stopped me from showing people around my city. Most recently, a friend I met in Korea moved to Toronto with her husband, so it was my job to get them settled in and help them become acquainted with this beautiful city.

In general, though, I'd say the reason I'm on couchsurfing is likely the same reason for most others: The people. My idea of traveling isn't checking something off of a checklist; it's immersing yourself in a new culture or a new community, and seeing the world through a new set of eyes. That, to me, is the brilliance behind this website--welcoming strangers into your little world and letting them share in a piece of it.

Interests

Music, concerts/festivals, reading, writing, football (NFL), movies, documentaries, board games, video games, card games, pretty much anything to do with the arts, Ultimate Frisbee, comics, beer/wine.

Music, Movies & Books

Music: Everything from Metallica to Alicia Keys to Wynton Marsalis to the White Stripes to Feist to Bob Dylan to Otis Redding. Everything.

Movies: Top 7 in no particular order: Fight Club, The Dark Knight, Garden State, The Matrix, Pulp Fiction, Memento, Die Hard.

Books: Fight Club, A Confederacy of Dunces, Generation X, Alice in Wonderland, Lamb, the Curious Incident of the Dog at Night, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Commitments, the Moonstone, Mrs. Dalloway...and I'll stop there.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Hitchhiking across most of Canada remains my proudest achievement to date. It had a profound impact on me at a difficult time in my life.

Teach, Learn, Share

One thing I've learned in my travels is that your opportunities in life are largely determined by how willing you are to opening yourself up to the people around you, whether it's a best friend or a complete stranger. In fact, strangers often become best friends.

One thing I can promise anybody I play host to, you will not leave without catching at least one great live show somewhere. Toronto's music community always has something to offer up on any given night.

Or perhaps I can show you around Abu Dhabi once I get settled in this summer.

What I Can Share With Hosts

I'm a very easy going fella, and I can't wait to meetcha!

Countries I've Visited

France, Italy, Thailand, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, Nicaragua, South Korea

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