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Juan Ortiz

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Overview

  • 126 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning Japanese
  • 32, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • I work on Online Marketing strategy,...
  • Marketing & Engeniering in Uni, but ...
  • From Salta, Argentina
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Living London! And exploring the "surrundings" ;)!

ABOUT ME

I was born in Salta (in the north of Argentina.. you MUST go there), then moved to the US for a year, then to Cordoba where I have lived for 8 years. Then, I took my backpack and decided to travel around Europe for a few months, after deciding to stay in London town where I have lived over 5 years now... this city is just an amazing playground!. And of course, a great hub to the world.

Well.. that's something I can write about myself and I could go on and on, but you know personal descriptions are just a part of this.. please go ahead and take a look at my profile and my references (I'm sure their opinion is more relevant that mine.. :P).

PHILOSOPHY
The best moment is the present. Be as good with people as you want them to be with you. Work on the relationships. Enjoy life. Take risks.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I have been involved with CS now for almost 8 years, and it has brought a LOT of good moments (and amazing friendships!) to my life. Of course, CS is just a complement to my social life but it really added a different flavour to it:)

I try to participate on the meetings in Argentina at Cordoba and Salta (my hometown) whenever I'm there, enjoy the London community...travel as much as i can , and host as much as possible:)

The best way of participating, is to really enjoy it!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

The London life has kept me busy so I haven't been able to host as much as I would like over this last period, but still, I have had the occasional luck of receiving great people at our home in UK.

I volunteered as Cordoba City Ambassador about a year and a half and it has been great to organize so many events (like the anual CS Oktoberfest Camp which gathered over 50 CSers last year) at the local Cordoba CS Group (also at the Salta CS Group).
After I have participated in the London community, and met amazing people whenever I have been lucky enough to travel. Happy to share stories with you, would love to hear yours!

And this is my (very updated!) CS hosting-surfing story:

Hosted:
Victoria Ward (England) 4 days
Luis Betancourt (Colombia) 2 days
Eric Hess (Buenos Aires, Argentina) 2 days
Carlos Faro Medina (Spain) 2 days
Lisa Behrendt (Germany) 2 days
Julio "Pipi" Gasparroni (Santa Fe, Argentina) 2 days
Martin Lopez (Santa Fe, Argentina) 2 days
Ann-Sophie Briest (Germany) 1 day
Johann du Toit (South Africa) 3 days
Adam Schofield (DJ ADAM) (England) 18 days
Marion Hauvette (France) 2 days
Anastasia Uglova (Russia / USA) 5 days
Roman Avila (Tucuman, Argentina) 1 day
Marcos Cortes (Puerto Rico) 7 days
Annina Oliveri (France) 3 days
You?

Surfed:
Caspar Bauermann (Berlin, Germany) 6 days
Johann du Toit (Hamburg, Germany) 6 days
Eduard Corral (Barcelona, Spain) 3 days
Marcos Cortes (Barcelona, Spain) 6 days
Ruth Barco (Sevilla, Spain) 4 days
Marion Hauvette (Buenos Aires, Argentina) 3 days
Juan Pablo Albani (Mendoza, Argentina) 7days
Alex von Graevenitz (Punta del Este, Uruguay) 3 days
Your couch?

I have also been a member of HospitalytClub.org since 2007 (username: juanortiz) and have had awesome experiences thanks to it. People hosted me on the south of Argentina, and I have been a host myself a few times. But nowadays, I'm much more into CS than HC since I feel more connected to it's vision.

But for sure, CS is not all reduced to hosting and surfing... i have had incredible encounters with lots of people, many "coffee or drink" in many cities during my trips...

Interests

Here goes a list: Traveling and backpacking, climbing, cycling, table tennis (ping pong! ), tennis, changeling myself to do Improv Theatre in English, cooking, cultures, languages and.... the unexpected!
My inner geek loves what I do for a living: the power of the internet, marketing, advertisement, communications and all that can be done with that! a perfect example of how this can change the world: Couchsurfing.

Music, Movies & Books

I give up trying to update this section! :) here are a few random things

Music: Regaee, Ska, Punk, Argentinian, british and International music, techno, house, Etc etc...

Series: Simpsons, Dr.House, Rome, Futurama, Heroes, Friends, Sex and the City, Seinfeld, Scrubs, Big Bang Theory and many others etc.
A random japanese one: Densha Otoko!

Movies:
Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Snatch
South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut
Amores perros

This hasn't been updated in ages... but I'll leave you with 2 movies that can feed your inner traveler: Motorcycle Diaries and Into the Wild

One Amazing Thing I've Done

-Was 1 of 1000 drummers in the London 2012 Olympics Opening ceremony, out of a cast of 7000 volunteers. And 2 weeks later part of the Closing Ceremonies.. and one year later, part of the Champions League Final as a spin off from that :)
-Put up my tent in the deck of a military ship and sailed for 6 days though the Mamore river, at the Amazonian Bolivian jungle ).
-Saw the Perito Moreno glacier in the Argentinean Patagonia.. for a few hours!
-Backpacking, backpacking backpacking... is amazing.
-Walking 14k to Cabo Polonio (a city with no electricity! one of the must beautiful sports I have been to) on the beach with my backpack against a storm and a sand storm, at Uruguay. And, spending a few nights and days there!
-meeting amazing people thanks to Couchsurfing!
-I think I been really lucky and I could add a few more things, but enough! I want to hear yours!!

Teach, Learn, Share

To Teach: cooking, djembe (african drums), impov thatre, ping pong, photography, online stuff (yeap, I'm a bit of a geek), how to discover London in a different way
To Share: Smiling, laughing, parting, talking.
To Learn: There's always a long list.. and keeps on growing!

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Netherlands, Russian Federation, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela

Countries I've Lived In

Argentina, United Kingdom, United States

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