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Hey, I'm Joseph!
Pasadena, Texas, United States · Member since October 2011

I love to travel and to experience difference cultures especially by visiting places I have never been to before. I try not to do the same place twice... though I must admit I've been back to Costa Rica several times. I love the weather, landscape and the people there. Life is much simpler in CR and the people enjoy it.

I especially enjoy going to a country where I feel that I'm IN ANOTHER COUNTRY... I want to be a bit confused about where I am, and what I'm trying to read. I don't enjoy simply going to another Westernized locale in another country, where they've tried to make it like the United States (think- most tourist traps in Mexico). One of my favorite experiences was in Egypt: there even the street signs didn't look even remotely familiar. Since they don't use the Latin alphabet, I wasn't able to even begin to guess what anything read. I was constantly hearing Arabic spoken on the streets and shouted from the mosques (it was holy month). Even the attire is drastically different from the US.

When I travel, I prefer to either go with/visit someone from that country (who speaks the language) and stay with them... and get to experience life as a local, and not as a tourist. This is my favorite thing. Then I can eat the foods, meet the people, and see how they really live.

I'm both a Webmaster and an American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter for the Deaf. I've lived in Austin for the past 19 years.

Motto: "You only live once... but if you work it right, once is enough." So, live life to it's fullest and experience as much as you can.

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