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Welcome to my profile and READ it before you send a request. I know hosts get very annoying with "read, read, read", but believe me, it's not for the host's sake, it's inyour own benefit. Many have sent me requests and then realised those "little things" that didn't make the perfect stay.
ABOUT ME: Brief, I am a simple person who likes simple and clear things. I am the average sociable person. That means I like people but I also need to be quiet sometimes and listen to others rather than talking myself. Many times I'm on my own things and I love silence. My past guests said I am great giving advice for daily life and I'm a good listener. However, I'm very honest and straightforward, so maybe don't ask if you are not ready to hear a truth :)
Many people say they don't know what to say about themselves, but on the contrary, I could actually write a book about the "about me", so I will get to the point on the "about me on Couchsurfing".
ABOUT COUCHSURFING: What I like to do while on CS is to encounter people who really make me excited to meet, because I already have to talk to boring senf-centered and no-brain ones on daily basis: many of my relatives, people at work, some old friends, randoms in the street... The experience I am craving for here should be completely different.
I really appreciate getting to know active and positive people who would love to meet others, and to have respectful and enriching conversations. If I can learn something new from you that would be great. It does not need to be a skill, just knowledge about your profession, other countries, past experiences or stories of CS.
About hosting, I don't understand (but respect), when people say they are on CS "to help travellers". From my view, CS is not an NGO to help anybody. Travelling is not a necessity, people choose to travel, so I don't get why they need help to get hosted then. What I mean is that I am not going to offer my house to help. If I decide to host someone it will be just because I feel excited to meet that traveller and I expect to spend some quality time together with that person.
However, you should know I am a Couchsurfing ambassador, so if you feel you had a bad CS experience and need help, it is my mission to help you, and I would gladly do that.
Remember that probably if I am hosting you it's because I declined others, so be considerate and cancel your stay asap if you won't make it.
Also, I don't use CS to serve as a guide. Please don't contact just to ask about what to see or where to eat in Barcelona. There is plenty of information about that in the Internet and also on amazing CS blog post that I personally wrote. Please check: https://blog.couchsurfing.com/
As a summary, I can say I am an active member of this COMMUNITY (note I said community), and I like hosting, organising events, and helping on CS website. I can say that CS changed my life for good. I met so many amazing people thanks to CS that I want to pay it back by making it a great place where everybody can enjoy.
Probably I'm the only person on CS who does not care about travelling herself (I realise everybody defines themselves here as "I love travelling"). If I travel somewhere, OK, I enjoy it, but if I don't, I'm happy with staying in Barcelona
Trying not to run out of toilet paper while I have couchsurfers.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
To CONTRIBUTE to this amazing community :) CS changed my life and they way I see people. Because on CS I met the most interesting persons ever. I want to give back to the community.
I am happy that CS is a paid option now, I observed a decrease in spam and in fake profiles. Many people are not happy having to pay but my honest advice is that if they are not feeling comfortable, they are free to leave.
Hiking: If you like and I have the time it I can guide on walks to the most beautiful landscapes in Catalonia. No matter countryside or seaside. They are far from Barcelona, though.
Reading: If you are into books I'm sure we can talk about that for hours. I can exchange too (English or Spanish).
Thinking: I like to make myself questions and do research. I always have questions in my mind to answer and some of them took me years to get an answer. What I like most is to find as many perspectives as possible about the same thing.
Teaching: I work as a teacher. If you are also a teacher that's a bonus for me. I would love to know about your experiences. But be realistic and don't think I'm going to host you just because you are a teacher.
Barcelona history: I love to learn about history in Barcelona and in Catalonia. Emilio sometimes gives tours around the city.
I also like to translate the new language now on fashion at this website. These are some examples:
-Hello, can you host me?: Hey dude, let me in your house for free immediately!
-hey! Can you show me barcelona?: I need a private guide for free.
-I only need a place to crash: I have no idea of who you are and I don.t care. I only need a bed for free.
-I.m open-minded and laid-back: I am planning to sleep all day.
-I can cook for you: I know how to boil pasta and I can.t promise I won.t destroy your kitchen.
-I have read your profile, it's interesting...: Your profile is too long, I can't waste 3 minutes of my life on that bullshit.
-I won.t bother you: I'm too lazy to meet, speak or interact with you.
-I won.t step on your way: I have my own schedule so don.t try to join.
-how far is your home from the centre?: how you dare annoying me with trains and buses?
-I can share my stories: I am supposed to say I am willing to talk to you, right?
-hostels in Barcelona are expensive: Why paying for a hostel if you can host me for free?
-I.m on a budget: sorry I had to buy the new Iphone.
-I can bring you a magnet: This is the maximum amount of money I am willing to spend on you.
-we can sleep on the floor: we are planning to camp on your flat as we were beggars messing everything around.
-we only need a roof over our heads: we are so desperate and cheap that we would go even to Hannibal.s Lecter house.
-I know you can only host 2 people but us 3 don't take much space: I need the company of my friends even when I go to the toilet.
-you look friendly and nice: I saw your photos, you are a girl.
-I have friends in barcelona but they can.t host me: My friends wouldn.t do anything for me but you should.
-I cancel my request because a friend is going to host me: you were my plan B.
-Can you host me tomorrow or next week?: You are actually my plan B.
-I'm looking for a host because I got stolen: I want you to feel sorry for me so you host me.
Music, Movies, and Books
My favourite reading are GOOD couch requests from people who are looking for genuine experiences.
My "no" favourite things are:
-people who publish on their profiles lists of couchsurfers they have hosted (why do you do that? They appear in your references!)
-guests who need my approval for everything. If you want a glass, just grab it, no need to ask!
-people who are unable to plan anything and are always doing last-minute random things.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
-To become the Spanish Inquisition on CS (ask me about this is you don't understand).
-To leave negative references on cs to people who forgot I wasn't on holiday like them.
-To write a story together with another host in Barcelona about a terrible couchsurfer we had. You can read that if you are interested.
Teach, Learn, Share
-First advice... Barça and Barca are not correct names for Barcelona. The only ways to shorten Barcelona are "Barna" or "BCN". Ah! We are not likely to host anybody who misspells the name of my city.
-Barcelona is a city with lots of things to see. We recommend spending at least 3 days on it. Couchsurfers who stayed for 2 days regreted not having more time.
Otherwhise you can come and visit again
-No matter what TV says about independance and so on. It is SAFE to come to barcelona. Visca Catalunya!
-Greetings: When you are introduced to an Spanish person or you have just met a Spanish person by yourself, you have to:
-male-male: shake hands. Hugs are ok if you are friends. Cheek kissing is ok if you are relatives only.
- male-female: kiss both cheeks once each (please, no shaking hands, it's impolite here, and for the
woman could mean she is ugly). Only shake hands if one of both is your boss or if you are meeting for
a formal appointment (it's an interview, a doctor...).
-female-female: kiss both cheeks once each (no shaking hands. If you do, that means that you are
meeting for business or for a formal interview).
-Please note, it is normal that people who don't know you, talk to you.
-When visiting Barcelona and especially in the underground, be very careful with your belongings. Pickpockets are faster than you can imagine. Be more careful specially if you are asian or you look like a northern european (very blond or red-haired and white skin). Don.t trust men who carry folded newspapers or big jackets/scarfs in hot weather (they use these to hide wallets or mobiles they steal). Don.t trust women who smile all the time without apparent reason.
-Never leave your things on a café table unwatched. No backpacks in your back when there are many people around (La Rambla).
-You don't have to tip at restaurants, you can do it if you like, but waiters don't expect you to do it.
-Water at bars and reataurants is not free here.
-Very important lesson... Paella is not a typical food from this region. Good Tapas are to be eaten out of the touristic places. We don't recommend the centre Barcelona for that. If you are my guests, eat tapas in my town (la llagosta) and you.ll do a favour to your stomach.
-Be careful if you eat out or hire bikes in touristic places. Restaurants or sellers sometimes don't show the total price with the 21% taxes included, and then you have to pay a lot more than you expected.
-You can drink water from the tap.
-It is safe to walk in Barcelona and in my town at night, I mean, you can be robbed, but only if you don't take care. My advice: don't look like a foreigner.
-there are lockers at Sants and Estacio de França to leave your things in case you need it.
-In Spain it's very difficult to hitchhike because drivers are not used to take random people.
-It's forbidden to drink alcohol in the street on your own (you need to be in a bar terrace).
-It is difficult to go in public transportation without paying, Barcelona is not Rome.
-It's forbidden to walk in the city without being properly dressed. I mean... some tourists go to the beach in the summer and then walk in the city without their t-shirts or wearing a swimming costume. If you do it, you'll be fined.
-It's veeeery easy to get sunburned any time, even in the winter. Please, use suncream.
-There are buses going to the airport. They are called Airbus and you can take them in Plaza Catalunya. See links for timetables and fares: http://www.aerobus.com/en/timetable and http://www.aerobus.com/en/fares
To go to the airport you also have metro (orange line) and bus number 46 from Plaza España. You can also reach there by train, but not later than 00:00. The shuttle bus that travels between the terminals is free. There is the bus N7 that goes all night to the airport too.
-Metro of barcelona doesn.t work at night after 12pm except on Fridays (closes at 2:00 am) and Saturdays (opens 24 hours).
-It is secure to take a taxi in Barcelona, but it is not cheap.
-You can trust the police here, they will help you at any problematic situation.
-Sleeping in the beach at night is not allowed. The police will wake you up if they see you. Free camping is forbidden in this region, or you need to hide yourself pretty well.
-If you want to make a good tour we have "freetours" in Barcelona. You can join the visit and then tip your guide.
-you can travel using only one ticket and different transports if you don.t spend more than one hour and a half to change transports.
-there aren.t public toilets in barcelona. To find a toilet you.d better find a shopping centre, fast food restaurants, libraries or medical centers.
-Many museums are closed on Mondays and you can visit most of them for free on Sundays.
-People in Barcelona are usually friendly and open to strangers. Don.t hesitate to ask for directions, but remember that older people are less bound to know English, and many youngsters have a low level.
-When you are in private homes in Spain is rude to decline all the time when someone offers you a drink or food. In many houses, you won.t need to take off your shoes inside houses.
-don.t wear sandals with socks or people will stare or laugh at you.
-In Spain don.t make noises while eating, it.s not polite here.
-Warning for people from very cold countries: in the winter the temperature inside houses here is not very high. For spanish people this is ok, but if you are accostumed to be quite warm inside your house, be ready and bring warm pyjamas or you.ll be cold. ❄⛄
-In this link you can find many hostels in Barcelona in case you need them.
-For entertainment in barcelona check the website "timeout.cat"
What I Can Share with Hosts
-RESPECT, MY TIME and LEAVING EVERYTHING BETTER THAN I FOUND IT.
-I can explain how Couchsurfing works.
Countries I’ve Visited
Andorra, England, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
Countries I’ve Lived In