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I was born and raised in a small town in Brazil, but then when I was 16 I did my first trip abroad, and I still remember the feeling of when I crossed the boarding gate and left my parents behind. I spent one year studying in a High School in the USA at that time.
That trip changed me and my way of seeing the world.
From the day I came back, I started to search for ways to travel the whole world!
I believe short trips are nice to relax and see the beauty of the world, but living in a country is what I seek the most because is that how you really get to know its culture and people, so I chased opportunities to do so: I went to Poland to teach English to kids, to Hungary to show my culture and help in a kindergarten, to Peru to conduct a leadership workshop to teenagers, got a scholarship to go to Argentina and Colombia to study one semester of my Bachelor, went to Bolivia to work in an orphanage home with handicap children, worked as an Au Pair in Luxembourg, UK, and Iceland, and volunteered in more than 15 projects through work away in different countries.
I started a trip with no-day-to-end in the summer of 2018! I took off from Luxembourg to the Balkans, crossed to Asia, reached the Caucasus, went down to Iran, then make a turn and go back through middle east until I reach North Africa. Then in 2019, I flew home to spend Christmas with my family and I was traveling around Brazil when...... The virus came 🥺🥺🥺🥺
After many many maaaaaany months with no moving, in summer 2020 I finally went back to the road!
I have a travel Instagram with pics and insights on how to travel on a low budget www.instagram.com/pelagalaxia
SORRY, I CAN'T HOST YOU IN BRAZIL AS I'M IN A NOMADIC LIFE FOR A FEW YEARS ALREADY.
I AM GLAD TO SHARE TIPS THOUGHT!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Sure I could pay a hostel and just have a nice bed waiting for me in the end of the day, but there are things that the money doesn't buy.
Normally these are not even "things".
I don't care about sleeping in someone's floor as long as we get the chance to share a beer, a story, and a smile.
Once I was eating dinner with my host and she said: "you know what, Ana, in the last 3 days we hang out every evening. We cooked together, you taught me new recipes and so did I to you; we played games, you show me a nice one with the regular cards and you learned a new rule for UNO; you shared stories about your travels and gave me tips about the places I want to go; I learned about Brazilian history and you learned about my country's one. I felt that even if I did not move, every single evening I was travelling".
I think that these lines define exactly what Couchsurfing is and why I'm on it.
In my free time I like to watch movies, read, cook, hang out with friends, listen to good music and more.
I also like to spend a day hiking somewhere nearby or in a "get-together" with friends and family :D
I was vegan for long time and still, all the things I cook are vegan (even now I eat meat and dairy when I'm outside my home), so if you would like to discover new recipes, let's do it!!
On the evening, I'll probably be in for going to dance somewhere, especially if it's latin music (reggaeton), but now that I'm an old ass I don't do it too often anymore LOL
Also I just drink alcohol in very special occasions.
- latin music
- social science
- 420 friendly
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies that teach you something and are not just bom-bom shooting and racing and love.
I like movies that when I start to watch I can't figure out how it will end (sorry, not a romantic or action movies person)
Music: all the way from classic music to electronic (serious, I've got no dislike about music at all)
Books: I read a lot for university, writers like Locke, Hume, Levi-Strauss, Durkheim, Marx, Rousseau, etc, so if you want to discuss a more theorical view of life in society and humanity, I'm your person
In my free time, I like all kind of readings, mainly true stories with realities that are not mine or mainstream (so not european/north america) and really fantastic stories (like Narnia) and futuristic science fic.. Ok, I know that sounds crazy, but I swear I'm not bipolar!!!
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
- Hitchhiked in Colombia for the very first time in 2015 (and didn't stop doing it since then)
- Dove in the Blue Hole in Belize
- Did the Inca Trail to get to Machu Picchu
- Explored the deepest cave of South America in Bolivia
- Being part of AIESEC and all my experiences related to it
- Spend four days sailing between Colombia and Panama
- Walked over the frozen sea in Finland
- Volcano Boarding in Nicaragua
- Going throught the secret catacombs under the Basilic of San Peter in Vatican and seeing the bones of St Peter 1m away of my eyes (and I'm not even religious)
- Build a house in one weekend with ngo TECHO Argentina
- I was really close to death in 5 different occasions (years apart) and they were all lack-of-air related problems, and, apparently, I survived to all of them
- Watched Croatia x France in the World Cup 2018 final in Zagreb (they lost, but the party was amazing!)
- Jumped in the longest train in the world and crossed the Sahara desert in a wagon full of ore in Mauritania
- Walked 980km on the Camino de Santiago (St James way in Spain)
- Visited every single country of a continent: Europe (between 2013-2022). And also of Middle East ( in 2019/2022)!
- Met people from more than 100 different nationalities, shared stories and created memories with them :)
Teach, Learn, Share
Well, the culture of my country is so extend that I could talk about it for like hours and hours.
Quick Brazilian history class: the land was occupied by native indians when the Portuguese invaded it in 1500, then they started to kidnap people in Africa and bring them to work as slaves in Brazil; when the slavery was prohibited, many Europeans from Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland, France, Switzerland came to work in Brazil. After WorldWar II, we welcomed lot of people from Middle East and Japan as well.
So, we took the cultures of all these places and mixed together to make "the Brazilian culture".
It's amazing, I know hahahahaha
Nevertheless, I'm still really curious about all the other cultures out there and want to learn pretty much about them all!
What I Can Share with Hosts
Laughts, food and memories!
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Denmark, Egypt, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vatican City State, Western Sahara, Yemen
Countries I’ve Lived In
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, England, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Peru, Poland, United States