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Hi! I'm Juan Andrés!
During my travels I tried to integrate to cultures as much as possible by staying with locals, using local transportation, hitchhiking, eating local food, living on the local daily budget, and just trying to meet as many people as possible. I had a great experience and found that overall, people are kind and will surprise you if you just trust a little. Couchsurfing was great so I am hoping to pay back to the community by hosting people at my place when possible.
About me: I'm from Venezuela but have lived in the United States for quite some time now working as a drilling engineer in Oil and Gas. I know a lot of CSers are environmentalists but I promise we are not trying to destroy the earth. I am happy to discuss the topic with people as long as they are open minded and not just trying to impose their views on me.
My interests include sitting at the beach, hiking, swimming, playing football, discussing life in general, and complaining/ laughing about how human beings follow made-up rules.
I have had a lot of random jobs in my life so I have a lot of diverse experiences to teach you.
If you are coming to Houston, I’ll just warn you it’s not the best place for tourism but my house is centrally located and near the light rail metro so this will be as good as it gets for public transportation in Houston.
Because a picture is worth a 1000 words... My Instagram: j_andres235
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
To learn as much as possible from people from all over the world
Music, Movies, and Books
The Alchemist, 4 Hour Work Week, The Innovator's Dilemma, The E-Myth
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Have been to 7 FIFA World Cup matches including one final
Teach, Learn, Share
My travel philosophy:
A lot of people preach to be a traveler as opposed to a tourist. But what does this really mean? From my travels:
Find the extremes and dig deep into them. They all give you perspective. Whether that's really local, really hippie, really conservative or really liberal. They all give you equal insight into life. Ignoring any one of them would be trying to solve a huge puzzle without a piece. Even if the people at the extremes make you uncomfortable - they are the passionate ones - the ones that will help you understand their beliefs. To go in the middle is traveling for leisure (pleasure) and marks the difference between a traveler and a tourist. And to ignore the other experiences only reaffirms your beliefs making you a closed minded person while traveling, seeing the world as you want to see it, which defeats the purpose.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I can teach you English and/or Spanish. I cannot cook very well but I can Google some good recipes of traditional Venezuela food for you and we can attempt them together. In Houston I can show you all my favorite spots and give you a tour of the city.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kosovo, Latvia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, Venezuela, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Venezuela