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  • 27 references 26 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 38, Male
  • Member since 2016
  • Craft Bartender/Photographer
  • Cinema
  • From Pomona, CA, USA
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About Me

I am a collection of organic molecules called Manny. Born and raised in Southern California, I’m currently residing in Portland, Oregon. Over the last thirteen years I have lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New York City, and now Portland. Next year I’m moving to Mexico to cultivate a better connection with my roots (I'm half Mexican through my mother's blood), which will also push me to continue to develop my sound as a musician, expand my artistic scope and vision as an aspiring writer/director, and to grow as an artist in general.

I'm a bit of an ambivert - I love to be around people who's company I enjoy, but I also find bliss in solitude. I don't go out much unless there is a reason to, and spend most of my time making music, watching/studying great films and directors, reading, cooking, or geeking out on audio production gear and techniques.

Lately, my creative energy has been manifesting through music (I play guitar, bass, piano, and drums), but I'm also a photographer, and I will die trying to make feature films from stories I have written.

I have worked in the craft cocktail scene for the past ten years. There was a time when I also worked in the freelance world as a photographer, videographer, and in cinema production. I hated it...

Follow my band on Instagram: @GataGalacticaBand
Personal: @MannyManifests

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

While living in Los Angeles over a decade ago, my housemate would host people from and it was a great. I have hosted people over the past few years, and would love to continue having a living room culture clash experience.
While traveling I would love to connect with locals that have similar interests and good vibes to share moments in time.


  • culture
  • books
  • literature
  • photography
  • music festivals
  • cooking
  • traveling
  • music
  • live music
  • drums
  • animation
  • philosophy
  • psychology
  • art
  • cinema
  • nature
  • tea
  • plants
  • exploring
  • vegan food
  • creating
  • healthy lifestyle
  • guitars
  • mixology
  • lucid dreaming
  • dreams
  • psychedelics
  • synthesizers
  • music production
  • mycology
  • vinyl records
  • keyboards
  • musical instruments
  • occultism
  • composing music
  • theosophy
  • mise en scène

Music, Movies, and Books

Favorite Band: Radiohead (In Rainbows is my favorite Radiohead album)
Favorite Film: La Planète Sauvage
Favorite Book: The Alchemist
The lists can go on, but if I was to give someone a gift from each category, these would be my choices.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I’m a self taught multi-instrumentalist.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Photography, meals, good energy and conversation.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico

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