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To experience as many places and people as possible on this incredible planet!
God, medicine and salsa/latin dancing are my 3 big passions in life. I'm a pediatric neurodevelopmental physical therapist that works with severely disabled children. I love travelling, eating, salsa/latin dancing, music, photography and books. I am spending this year travelling though Mexico, Central and South America dancing, learning spanish and meeting amazing people. I have been to 31 countries so far and am excited to add many more this year.
"The best way to predict the future is to create it." Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee
"If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not you'll find an excuse."
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I think the global Couchsurfing community is amazing. I have met some of the most incredible friends and had amazing experiences because of Couchsurfing. I wish Couchsurfing had been around when I backpacked for a year around South East Asia/Australia/New Zealand/Fiji.
-Latin dancing is my passion. I dance in a professional Cuban dance company which performs many types of dancing including Afro-Cuban, salsa, rueda, son, mambo, cha cha cha, tropicana, tango, hip hop, ballet, contemporary, and even Bollywood.
-I also do anything active: volleyball (indoor and beach), cycle, skate, rollerblade, hike, pilates, scuba dive, skydive, white water raft, rock/mountain climbing, etc.
-Eating food from all over the planet.
-I love latin american cultures and am working on learning Spanish.
Music, Movies, and Books
Intelligent humor/ documentaries/drama: The Princess Bride, Best in Show, Hungry for Change, Star Wars (original 3 only), Baraka, Amelie, Airplane, Moulin Rouge
TV:- The Amazing Race, Arrested Development, The Simpsons, So You Think You Can Dance, The Office
Music: +++Cuban salsa and world music, zouk, funk, soul, R&B, disco. Los Van Van, Afro Cuban Allstars, Kalmunity, Yoav, Otis Redding, Amy Whinehouse, Karla Anderson, Amos Lee, James Brown, Damien Rice, India Arie, Bruno Mars, Prince, Radiohead, Sade, Sting, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder
Books: Too many to list.......Shantaram, Book of Negroes, One Hundred Years of Solitude, anything by Dave Barry (humor), travel books (No Touch Monkey)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Salsa dancing in the streets of Trinidad, Cuba.
Scuba diving - it is the closest thing to being in outer space, surrounded by exotic colourful aliens. I still haven't seen giant mantas, which is one of my life goals.
Volunteering and training with elephants at a rescue center in Thailand when a new baby was born.
Medical Missionary work in Zambia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Colombia
Teach, Learn, Share
"You'll make better progress if you get out of your own way."
"Our fears arise from things we don't confront. Once we are willing to look fully and deeply at the source of a fear, it loses it's power."
"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
"Let the world know why you're here and do it with passion."
"The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post."
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Belize, Botswana, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Fiji, France, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Countries I’ve Lived In