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Cris Valencia

NY, USA

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Overview

  • 58 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning French, Hindi
  • 27, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Weaver of rhetorical webs (and digit...
  • Prescott College - hippy haven in th...
  • From Peach country, foothills of the Appalachians
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Liberation Anauê!

ABOUT ME

I'm Cris. I'm a recently settled nomad foraging the world over for creative ontologies, hemetic symmetries, electric bugaboo, organic agriculture, continental philosophy, sailing, avant-garde music, radical interaction and reflective social activism. A conjurer of spontaneity and usually masquerading as equanimitous, I'm steadily trying to build a nest of beauty in the world of suit & tie propriety (while occasionally wearing them.)

PHILOSOPHY

For as long as space endures, for as long as sentient beings remain, may I also abide to dispel the miseries of the world.

-shantideva

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Spreading the seeds of revolution one embrace, smile, conversation, song, dance at a time.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I love people that have loving kindness for others and stories to tell.

Couchsurfing experiences that have been the most memorable for me usually entail long afternoons exploring and honest conversation.

Interests

Dancing, making improvisational music and art, new partners in global corporate crime, experimental epistemologies, emptiness, Sufism, Buddhism, deeper ecology, viridian potentialities, aruyevdic therapies, integralism, singing/laughing/undulating with joy, your narratives (fictional or otherwise).

Music, Movies & Books

music (assume no order here): HOUSE (electro, deep, fidget, glitch, diva...), CUMBIA, Gaga, MSTRKRFT, Hervé, MGMT, Benny Benassi, Presets, Cut Copy, John Adams, Patty Smith, Billy Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Mogwai, John Cage, Eric Whitacre, Ys, AC/DC, Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, String Dusters, Beatles, The Carter Family, Rokia Traore, Hot Chip, Schoenberg, Rachmaninoff, John Coltrane, Warsaw Village Band, Beirut, Salif Keita, Ali Farka Toure, Manu Chao, Hercules Love Affair, Fischerspooner, Lila Downs, Fleetwood Mac, Sufjan Stevens, Joanna Newsom

Current reading list: Foucault's Pendulum - Umberto Eco Unleashing Nepal - Rujeev Shakya

authors: Tom Robbins, Salman Rushdie, Antonio Gramsci, Rachel Carlson, Karl Marx, Virginia Wolf, Federico García Lorca, Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, Albert Camus, Aldous Huxley, Yann Martel, Rabindrath Tagore, Kahlil Gibran, Walt Whitman, e.e. cummings, Silvia Plath, Arne Næss, Bertrand Russell, Paulo Freire, Jacques Derrida (and other deconstruction party favorites), Milan Kundera, and Franz Kafka

movies: Capote, Me & You & Everyone We Know, Hedwig & the Angry Inch, Copola/Almodovar

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I have made love exist, permeate, and grow with several people.

I have let go of most things.

Dropped out of college to be a student. Then graduated.

Returned home.

Walked the Camino de Santiago from St. Jean Pied-de-Port to Finisterre

Hitch-hiked from Galicia to Paris in 4 days without a single eurocent

Walked the streets of Kantipath while the Nepali ex-King Gyanendra was being kicked out in a Maoist political coup.

Bummed around Nairobi during the Odinga-Kibaki election scandal

Bathed in the Ganga at Rishikesh

Floated beside burning bodies in a leaky boat during pooja in Varanasi.

Sat at His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Losar teachings in Dharamsala during the March uprising in Lhasa.

Downed Icelandic beer beside a glacier in a recession.

Nearly drowned in the bad place on the Nile river, uganda.

Teach, Learn, Share

Well, let's see, first the things I want to know/appreciate/better within/without myself: Pastries Gardening Juggling Yoga asanas Playing guitar Sitting Photography and filming Building furniture, my own house

Things I can teach you: Correct vocal technique for singing Italian operas Recognizing obscure desert plants Social Media Party Promotion How to knit a ribbed scarf Traveling around the world for extended periods How to survive and enjoy having no money, whatsoever Piano chords

Countries I've Visited

Ethiopia, Greece, Iceland, India, Israel, Kenya, Mali, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda, United States

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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