My colleagues kindly call me “Happy Man.” I was born next to an active volcano in an awesome Colombian town called Pasto. In 2004, I left Bogota for Boston with no money, no language skills, no friends, but a good cousin to crash with and a Tourist Attitude. My goal? To change the world.
I made it through graduate school and work in New York City and back in Boston. This time Brooklyn.
In my previous life–or now I say “lives”–I held several positions on Wall Street, worked as an energy consultant in Boston and organized anti-corruption programs in Colombia. I was also a valet parking attendant during long winters, waited tables in Mexican restaurants, sold cell phones in San Victorino-Bogota, and taught salsa and Spanish classes in Manhattan. Along the way, I’ve swapped stories with hippies, locals throughout three continents, former US presidents and even Nobel laureates, with whom once I shared the stage to give a speech in front of more than 3,000 people from upwards of 100 different nationalities.
I’m a full time tourist who strongly believes that the power of happiness can improve anything in the world. I hold a degree in business administration from Colombia, a master’s degree in energy management from Columbia University, and used to live on Columbus Avenue in NYC. Truly Colombian, isn’t it?
I hope you would join us on this napping adventure!