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Discover a new part of the globe every year and tread lightly on the earth...
Friends would say that I'm fiercely loyal, fearless (except when it comes to driving) and resourceful. I like to maintain a positive disposition in life. It's a joy to travel and the experience opens up so many possibilities.
I believe in being the change you want to see in the world (M Gandhi). I strive to help people in a positive way and hope they do the same for others so that the effect comes full circle.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I was a member of Servas International which is similar to CouchSurfing but has a more formal structure. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with them and was thrilled when I discovered CouchSurfing!
Learning languages, travel, gastronomy, cooking, volunteer work, reading, dancing, singing and real estate.
- volunteer work
- real estate
Music, Movies, and Books
Latin & pop music, European movies - especially Italian & French, books on travel and/or food, and real estate.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
After being a Menudo fan since Ricky Martin was 12, I finally met him in 1999 in London through a series of events which required a mixture of serendipity and cunning. It's quite a story which I'm pleased to recount to anyone who'd care to listen. Since then I've met him 7 times and even won a trip to Beirut, Lebanon where we watched him in concert and met him backstage. The trip was filmed as a 30-minute program called "On the Road with Ricky" and shown on Zee Arabiya.
Teach, Learn, Share
If you're a guest at a host's home, be mindful not to treat it solely as free accommodation. Contribute by offering to wash the dishes (for example) or buy some items like fruits, vegetables or groceries to give to your host. A simple souvenir from your home country is a thoughtful touch.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Having lived in eight different countries and worked in 5 of them , I can answer questions which may be of interest to my hosts. I'd like to think that as a guest, I'm low maintenance and can be as social or as laid back as the situation calls for. I enjoy lending a helping hand.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Canada, China, Croatia, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Portugal, Qatar, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom