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Alexandre Tchao

Pisa, Toscana, Italy

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Overview

  • 111 Positive References1 Negative
  • Fluent in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish; learning Arabic
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • I'm a Student
  • Rather good I guess. Mum and dad did...
  • From Paris (France) and Wokingham (Berkshire, UK)
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

I believe I'm an explorer: I explore life. I wan't to explore it as much as possible. The day i die, i want to be able to look back and think "I've had a wonderful life!", then tell the angels all about it!~ However, right now I'm looking for PhD funding.

ABOUT ME

I hope i'm an interesting person te meet: I make a big effort on behaving so. Or I think to know that people say I am -- In any case, I'm a nice and gentle person. At least i do my best to be so: it hurts so much to realize i might have caused pain to someone. I'm that person who always desperately attempts to make things right for everyone. I'm not always succesful and it often makes me feel very concerned and uncomfortable.

I'm always busy doing something, mostly studying these days: i've done triple honors in three different universities (History, Maths, History of Art). Got a degree in each of them, and I'm now simultanously a doctorate(PhD) student at EHESS-Paris (researching school for social sciences) and a recent graduate from the management school of Rouen. I'm not very optimistic about the management school which is just a potential way for me to find good income, but I just love all the researching stuff!!!

I'm an ambitoius chap and i've always got new projects. I usually don't start thinking about something without the firm intention of finishing it some day. Travelling the world is one of those projects, publishing my studies about "the cost of salvation in europe, in the XVIth century" is an other.
I have a huge family and lots of friends all over the world and i love them all very very much!

I'm not quite sure the above description of myself really matches who I truelly am: it is in some matter a bit exagerated - but in fact I did, actually do my best in writing what came to my mind, in what I thought seemed to be the circumstances required for such a project. However, all the information about my concern for mankind is very sincere!

If you need to know more, take a look at my photo albums. I'm sure you can learn a big deal out of them!

PS: I realise today that I haven't added any info in ages. Will be updated soon!!!

PHILOSOPHY

"Philosophy??!!"... that sounds like a big word for what it requires...

To mention a bit about my conception of life:
Constant search of new life experience and joy in meeting new people. Life is worth living!

Oh alright! Here's something a bit more sissy then (but none the less honest):
"Because hatred cannot win over love, because darkness cannot win over a light, because fear cannot kill hope and the past to take over the future,...
--- we have already won! ---"

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I'm just one individual in a huge chain of wonderfull couchsurfers. But I hope I do my part, and do it well! I do my best to greet, host and show people around. And t try to act as a good guest when i'm the one abroad!
I enjoy taking people around the city when i have time. I studied history, archeology and I know a whole load of weird facts about the history of places! But i'm also fine just leaving people alone if they just need accomodation!

I've also created a group about history called "HISTORY while travelling". If you'd like to learn some history about the places you're travelling to, or if you simply want to understand a bit more about your own country, you're welcome to subscribe to it:
http://www.couchsurfing.com/group.html?gid=13920

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

This part is too difficult to write. I'll have to ask you to accept this as a belief: CouchSurfing has literally changed my life...

Jan 2012 Update - I'm very disapointed to see CS become a type B corportation. I agree with most of the members: this feels like betrayal! On this very point, I believe myself to be rather conservative, and i'd expect my guests to behave in the original, traditional and genuin spirit of CS.

Interests

# History (especially religious history), sociology
# Traditions and customs, beliefs and superstitions
# Setting up projects for the future
# Music playing: everyone at home plays a musical instrument I chose...the bagpipes!
# martial arts. I've done them ever since I was a child. I do Taekwondo these days.
# Art (the older, the more fascinating: i appreciate it as a reflection of the past)
# Drawing and painting
# Travelling
# Theatre (I used to act)
# and Food
# and Eating
# and Cooking
# and Drinking
# and...Dreaming

Since I'm a PhD student, I allow myself to be a wee bit superficial sometimes, and I'm quite into clothe fashion. But only when I'm settled and have nthing better to do. (on the road, I look more like a tramp since I always wear the same clothes!)

I lately recovered my old interest in instant photography. I do hope the Polaroid company will be saved soon!

Music, Movies & Books

# Favorit Movies, besides the classics that everyone enjoys (what i can think of..):
- Love Actually
- Braveheart
- Edward Scissorhands
- Forest Gump
- The Godfather
- V for Vendetta

# Music - I like to vary it accordingly to my mood. Other than that, I've kept a grip on what I already listened to as a teenager:
- The Corrs
- The Cramberries
- Texas
- Lene Marlin

#Books:
well,.. not sure it's all very popular internationally.
But here's a selection of what i'm in the process of reading at the moment:
- Benoît de Canfield: "La Règle de Perfection"
- Lucien Febvre, "au Coeur religieux du XVIeme siècle"
- Hébert Ekelund: "The marketplace of christianity"
- Sir A. Conan Doyle: "complete Sherlock holmes"
- Raymond Boudon: "Essais sur la théorie générale de la rationalité"
- A guide book about India
- Méthode Assimil: "L'arabe sans peine"

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I hope that is yet to come...

Teach, Learn, Share

This is the section I find most important in a profile. It's always among the first that I check. I'd expect my own CS guests to at least give it some consideration, even before the other sections. Before hosting you, I'll make sure you've seen this, because they'll be among terms of your stay under my roof!

FOR YOUR 1st NIGHT as a guest:
You will be asked to tell me a story originating, or set in your country/region. Choose a myth, a fairy tale, a legend or a piece of history.

FOR YOUR 2nd NIGHT as a guest:
You shall prepare a slideshow presenting the place you come from, with a special focus on culture: what there is to do, what there to see, its people, architecture, monuments, landscapes and so on...

FOR YOU 3rd NIGHT as a guest:
You shall be asked to do some cooking! I shall be your guest for a meal that you'll prepare and that we'll all share together! I shall be expecting to experience a dish from your country or region.

FOR YOUR 4th NIGHT and on...
Well at this point we should have become really good pals, so it doesn't really matter what you come up with next: I'm sure it will be rad!

I have been very fortunate to meet people from so many different places in the world. To help you get an idea of the probable level of novelty your culture is to me, here's a chart that shows the countries of origin of the CSers who have ckecked my profile so far. In terms of proportions, I guess they must be fairly representative: ...

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What I can teach you:

Well i suppose that when you come over, i could teach you some history about france or england which are my two referent countries. I could be an interesting guide for a historical tour!

But i have to admit that when i travel, history is to only one aspect among loads of others that seem just as important: i appreciate learning about local customs, traditions, food&drink, human behavior and ways of thinking.

Other than that, I can also teach you cool stuff such as:
- how to make an amazingly efficient camping stove out of a can
- how to open a bottle of wine with a shoe
- how to make funny noises with your mouth
- that some people can cominucate with match sticks
- how to open a padlock with hair pins
- how to move an egg from one cup to another, without breaking the egg, lifting the cups or touching the egg. (yeah that's actually one you have to experience live...)

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Macedonia, Malta, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Venezuela

Countries I've Lived In

China, Colombia, France, Italy, United Kingdom

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