• Patrick, Mendoza, Argentina

Patrick, Mendoza, Argentina

2012

Patrick, 24, is studying to be a doctor in Mendoza and has dreams of being a neurosurgeon. He is a self-confessed Anglophile and knows more about English TV shows than we do. We stayed with Patrick and his mum in Mendoza after he couchsurfed with us in London earlier this year.

Have you ever seen something you can’t explain?

I can’t fully explain anything. To start explaining a subject is to pull on the smallest thread, and then it just keeps coming and coming – it’s part of the human condition.

If you could have a superpower what would it be?

What I desire most in life is to be selectively deaf. For example when riding buses, I’d love not to hear those awkward conversations.

If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would they be?

James Joyce, Charlie Chaplin and my friend Claudio. Claudio was the first person I felt free with and able to try new things – ideas and ways of talking.

When where you happiest?

When I took mushrooms. I was so happy that day.

What’s your worst habit?

Lying in interviews. Someone else said that before in these interviews. I read it, and my worst habit is therefore not being original. That and putting things of.

What trait to you most like in yourself and others?

I try to be generous. And I like humility.

What trait to you most dislike in yourself and others?

I don’t like arrogance and in myself I don’t like fear. It’s unnecessary.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

To be honest with yourself and others.

What’s your greatest achievement?

To have created a sense of direction.

If you could travel in time where would you go?

May 68, France. To have that sense of optimism that you could change things, that you were actually changing things.

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