Marcello Arrambide is a really interesting guy that I recently started reading and don’t know that well. What I do know is that he’s incredibly smart, well traveled, a good writer with a good eye, and his photos are excellent. In my book, that makes him a travel blogger that a lot more people should start following and reading.
His blog is Wandering Trader’s Travels, which gives you a quick look at one reason he is so interesting — he is traveling all over the world, making money for his travels by day trading on stocks. Not a typical story for a travel blogger. His travel blog is the only one I have seen that has posts on how to day trade. This is someone I need to sit down, have a few beers with, and pick his brain.
Go check out his website, follow him on Twitter, and get to know him a little better from his Lucky 13:
1 – biggest dinner tab you have ever been a part of (not that you necessarily paid)?
$470, It was a friend’s birthday party and I double booked that night. So once I arrived everyone was finished with their entire dinner and I offered to pay the bill since I missed the entire thing. I didn’t even get some bread!
2 – you have a unique job on the road, day trading stocks, approximately how much time per week do you spend on that task?
What I do is I maximize my time when the market is moving well and stay away when it isn’t. Typically I will trade about 7.5 hours to 17.5 hours a week. If there is a crisis like the recent one in Egypt I will trade longer since there typically are more opportunities in the market in times of crisis. Last Friday I traded almost the entire day because the market was moving that well.
3 – best movie that no one has heard of?
Most people I speak to haven’t heard of The Insider with Russell Crowe, one of my favs!
4 – Fill in the blank: if I knew I was never going to be arrested, I would ________.
I would be lame and say I would rob a bank but I literally thought of this question for over 20 minutes and thats the best I can come up with! Who wouldn’t want to pay all your friend’s and family’s bills off and travel the world practically free?
5 – what sporting event do you most want to see live?
I love soccer and when I was living in Buenos Aires I heard of the undying chaos that ensues during a La Boca and River Plate soccer game called the Super Classico.
This game is more intense than a Yankees and Red Sox World Series. I was able to attend a game but not the super clasico, would love to come back and see that game. They even have a grave yard on site where they bury hardcore fans, who does that?
6 – word or phrase that makes you cringe when you see it or hear it?
“buddy”, hey buddy, thanks buddy, good to see you buddy. What do I look like a 2 year old? lol
7 – rudest thing you have ever seen in person?
My uncle was in the bathroom at Buenos Aires Train station when a random man just walked to him and started, how do I say this nicely, started to caress his Mr. Wiggles. My uncle politely said no when he turned around and went to the man in the next urinal. It was like seeing frogger in the bathroom. Classic!
8 – everyone has done something so bad, or embarrassing or just plain weird that they wouldn’t tell anyone else on the planet… when you read that you thought of something… what year did it happen?
2010… and I’m scared of the follow up question after this
9 – what is your ideal dinner party? You and 4 others.
Einstein – for his sheer intelligence and different way of seeing the world. Warren Buffet – for his brilliance in business. Ghandi – To learn not about his religion, but his way of life. My grandmother – Because a grandmother’s love can never be replaced (unfortunately she can’t be enlightened because she only speaks spanish! lol)
10 – who is your favorite relative and why?
My Uncle Augusto, he died of a brain tumor when I was young but he was the only person that could cheer me up no matter what was wrong.
11 – who plays you in the movie about your life?
Robert Downey Jr because he is the perfect blend of smart ass, dynamic, brilliance, cunningness, and has also had his share of mistakes to overcome.
12 – what is your favorite television show?
Soprano’s because it reminds me of the life I lived in Sicily. The mafia is so real and eerie and they always do everything in style! I remember I walked into a cafe and saw 20 yr olds with $2k Armani suits on. I walked out of the restaurant without my breakfast and luckily they let me keep my wallet.
13 – you are at the Pearly Gates, what question do you most fear from St. Peter?
Cover Charge is 20 bucks! LOL.