Will Lin

San Antonio, TX, USA

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About Me

I spend my childhood and adolescence in China and then left for United States for studies. I study in a small college that have no more than 2400 students, and spend 12 hours a day learning across many subjects; among them, I focus on Spanish language and French theatre and literature. As a result, I spend much time in Spain and in France. I have lived in Madrid, Barcelona, Paris and Montpellier. On late December, I am going to study again in Paris.

During this period of my life, the study time average 14 hours a day. I cherish this intense focus on learning. On weekend, I go to concerts and call my friends back in France, and invite friends for dinner at my home. Now I live alone in a quaint attic right by my university campus. My life here is extremly simple and satisfying.

My days may seem peaceful, but inside my heart, this academic life is no less adventurous than the day when I hitchhiked. Every situation produces questions and insights, with the goal of discovering the harmony and beauty.

The worst kind of day is not a day of bad luck or of a trama, but a day without insights. Wherever I am, I absorb with greed what the current lifestyle has to offer.


I followed an intense Flamenco course in Madrid

Chinese Bamboo flute

I learn my Taichi with a Burmese monk in France who led a revolution in his country.

Music, Movies, and Books

Demian -- Herman Hesse

Siddharta-Herman Hesse

Goldmund and Narcissus- Herman Hesse

Eat, Pray, Love

Jed Mckenna's triology:
1. Spiritual Enlightenment, the damnest thing
2. spiritually incorrect enlightenment
3. spiritual warfare

Favorite movies:

1. L'homme de Sa Vie ( a wondrous gay-themed movie)
2. Le fabuleux destin d'Amelie Poulin
4. le herrison (The elegance of Hedgehog )
5. La Vie en Rose (The documentary of Edith Piaf)
6. le sel de la tierra ( the salt of the earth; documentary of a French/brazilian photographer)
7. spirited away ( Japanese animated movie; I felt I have dreamed it before I watched it)

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done


1. One winter afternoon in a university I saw two dogs killed bloodily by guards. Ironically, it’s because stray dogs would affect the school’s chance of being elected as “Most Civilized School” that urged guards to beat the dogs every week. Thus, I built a yard in a hill of the university as a home for stray dogs unbeknownst to guards. Every day, I would put aside my pride and collect the leftovers from the canteen tables to feed my dogs. Every day for 400 days, I never forgot to feed them. With many people’s donations and voluntary help, I can proudly say I have saved over 50 dogs totally. During these days, I had to many risks to maintain the dog shelter: Once, guards decided to search for dogs all over the campus, so I removed 16 dogs in a night; once I even jumped into guards’ truck and released all the dogs, and I almost got caught.
The relationship with my doggies is not based on my compassion, but based on a father’s love to his kids. And I am proud that I am a good father.

(Now they are moved to a more well organized stray dog organization)

Por 17 años de mi vida, apenas viajé afuera de la burbuja de donde nací yo, pero afortunadamente, encontré Couchsurfing y empecé a hospedar a los viajeros extranjeros en mi apartamento. Mi tercer huésped era un tipo estadounidense que había viajado el mundo por autoestop. Lo hospedé por tres días y el día antes de su partida, le hice una pregunta que considero “ unas de las preguntas que ha cambiado mi vida”: “puedo viajar contigo?”

La respuesta a esa pregunta me hizo decidir a vender mi apartamento, y por suerte, lo hice bastante rápido. Al día siguiente, con una mochila que solía usar para la escuela, me puse a hacer autoestop con él. Recorrimos quinientos millas en un día. Todavía me acuerdo con gran lucidez del agradecimiento al conseguir mi primer autostop en una camioneta. Mi corazón iba a explotar con tal alegría y emoción que llegué a creer que fue la primera vez de mi vida que experimenté en carne propia la alegría auténtica y profunda.

Aunque un día después, nos separamos por direcciones distintas, continué viajando hacia oeste, cruzando Tibet e yendo de excursión en Himalayas. De ninguna manera que pueda sobrestimar la importancia de ese viaje y mi vida anterior tiene la pinta de ser falsificada en comparación. Si algún día tuviera ganas de escribir una autobiografía, aparecería en la primera página este cuento que acabas de escuchar.

Countries I’ve Visited

China, France, Mexico, Nepal, Norway, Spain, Switzerland

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, France, Spain, United States

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