Alex Pio

Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

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About Me


To not fall on a cactus


I'm American & Italian, born in Chile and lived around the world. I just moved to Washington, DC and it looks like I'll be calling this home for a while.

I'm pretty easygoing but like to be active and involved in lots of things. I'm always up for anything to do with art, music, indie movies, politics and food!

I like to see beauty in the little things of life
I'm against consumerism. I think the world can do better
I like art, writing and taking pictures
I believe in natural, personal, simple things
I like sandwiches
I dream big


My complex life philosophy can be summed up in two quotes:

"Life is too important to be taken seriously" - Oscar Wilde


"Sometimes things happen" -€œ Yamini Kashimshetty

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


"When I was done traveling I returned convinced of one thing: we're nothing.“ Savage Detectives


CouchSurfing is amazing! I started using it in 2007 when I traveled around Latin America for a few months... Its the best way to really experience a place. Each time I couchsurf or meet other CSers I re-gain some faith in humanity.


Drumming, contemporary art, live music- Especially alternative/Indie, street art, Independent films, photography, DIY culture, activism, hiking- outdoors stuff in general, beaches lakes and rivers, motorbiking, Volleyball, Squash, Chocolate, Djembes, Skiing, Eating, Pressing buttons, Sleeping, Hammock-ing

Music, Movies, and Books

Placebo, Kings of Leon, Sublime, Buena Vista Social Club, Irreflexible! JJ72, John Butler Trio, Laleh, Radiohead, Broken Social Scene, Hello Saferide, Smashing Pumpkins, RHCP, Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Eat World, Manu Chao, Muse, Jack Johnson...

Fight Club, Lost in Translation, Requiem for a Dream, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The science of sleep, 21 Grams

Favorite Books:
Everything is illuminated, Fraction of a Whole, Vernon God Little, Savage Detectives, Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I like writers that bend language in unconventional ways.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Lived the fat life in South America
worked in Bhutan
hitchhiked to Ushuaia
hung out with monks at sunrise in Varanasi
broke out in a spontaneous dancing-drum circle at a gas station in the Tetons
motorbiked in the Himalayas
sold sea shells by the sea shore in the Caribbean
danced at a corn festival in Ecuador
watched the Perito Moreno glacier melt in Patagonia
gave away pancakes from a street corner in Boise

Teach, Learn, Share

Everyone has something they can teach you. You've just gotta ask the right questions.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Burundi, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Laos, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mexico, Monaco, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, British

Countries I’ve Lived In

Bahrain, French Polynesia, Italy, Laos, Netherlands, Philippines, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Switzerland, United States, Viet Nam

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