I quit my job to backpack and couchsurf in various parts of the world for 8 months when I was 27 after I won a random contest.
I worked for a dissident artist in Beijing and lived there for 10 months, then had to abscond to Switzerland due to rather bizarre circumstances.
I lived in a medieval French village for a year doing an art residency, building a photo darkroom, and renovating a 15th century house.
If you want to know more ask...I'm usually pretty obliging..we are more than the sum of our experiences right? :)
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"Watch your thoughts for they become words.
Watch your words for they become actions.
Watch your actions for they become habits.
Watch your habits for they become your character.
And watch your character for it becomes your destiny.
What we think, we become."
I recently moved from Brooklyn to Berlin and am loving it :)
Someday...I'd like to do something worthy of giving a TED talk about.
indulging myself in spontaneous acts of fun and trying new things
being present and sharing
listening to other people's stories
using my passport
recent movies I saw: just watched North Sea Texas and really loved the film for the beautiful imagery and poignant story. I went to see the Polish film Ida and was blown away by the cinematography. I also enjoyed Searching for Sugarman (talk about a true story that is so crazy it doesn't seem real!) TABU, Gerhardt Richter Painting, Samsara, Wasteland, Beginners, The Double Life of Veronique, Moonrise Kingdom, and recently re-watched Casablanca (I grew up watching many old films)...I am more of an indy cinema than blockbuster kind of guy, and watch a lot of foreign films and documentaries.
favorite shows: I grew up watching zero tv and only listening to NPR (I listen to a lot of This American Life, TED radio hour, and OnBeing podcasts)...not a snob about it though; its just the reality of my upbringing. In my later years friends did get me into a few random shows...I am prone to sporadically crave Family Guy, the Simpsons, Downton Abbey.
favorite music: I listened to a lot of classical, opera, and jazz growing up, but I've caught up to date and listen to pretty much everything except rap and heavy metal. Have a soft spot for: Mozart, Chopin, Chet Baker, Louis Armstrong, Andrew Bird, Zee Avi, Satie, the xx, scissor sisters. I stream a lot of music which is great except I now have no idea what I'm listening to most of the time.
favorite food: I eat everything, and love it all, except olives. I don't drink much but I adore sake and def have a soft spot for Japanese food
where I want to experience next