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Anna Milena Vilarrubias

Reykjavik, Greater Reykjavik, Iceland

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Overview

  • 25 Positive References
  • Fluent in Catalan, Valencian, English, Spanish; learning Icelandic
  • 27, Female
  • Member since 2012
  • Worker, learner, bit of an artist.
  • BFA in Music, Bachelor in Science, d...
  • From Igualada, Catalonia, Spain
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Live my life with compassion, strenght and care.

ABOUT ME

Quiet girl... but not always. Some sense of humour, bookworm, daydreamer. I am the thoughtful person looking at the rainy day through the window and also the one out there running up a mountain in the rain. I am seldom bored. I try to be honest and straightforward and I really appreciate this in others. If it was possible, I'd be glad to meet Corto Maltese at least once in my life...

But I think someone never describes oneself as how he is, but as how he would like to be... maybe the rest of the profile and a few references about me will tell you some more.

PHILOSOPHY

"There is in the world one road whereon none may go, except thou: ask not whither it lead, but go forward."

"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for."

"Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you are feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them."

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Hosting, being hosted and providing the information below about Iceland:

Maybe these webpages can give you ideas and help you planning your trip:

http://planiceland.com/
http://www.visiticeland.com/
http://stuckiniceland.com/

General info about Iceland:

http://www.iceland.is/
http://wikitravel.org/en/Iceland
http://www.inspiredbyiceland.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iceland
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/iceland

SAFETY COMES FIRST AND FOREMOST. If you are driving or hiking in Iceland, specially in winter, check this website first: http://www.safetravel.is/. Remember that the emergency number in Iceland is 112, as in Europe. Check also this 112 app: http://www.safetravel.is/112-iceland-app/.

Always check the weather, specially in winter; it can change unexpectedly here: http://en.vedur.is/.

Road conditions: http://www.vegagerdin.is/english/.

If you want to go hiking, this is the Icelandic Touring Association's webpage, maybe it can give you some ideas: http://fi.is/en/home/.

That's a good map of Reykjaví­k and all Iceland, if it can help: http://ja.is/kort/?type=map, but it's better to buy a map in a gas station or bookstore once you arrive.

Hitchhikers may already know this useful website: http://hitchwiki.org/en/Iceland.

And this is for carpooling: http://www.samferda.net.

Want to learn some Icelandic? Here's a very good free online course by the University of Iceland: http://icelandic.hi.is.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

So far I hosted in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Reykjaví­k (Iceland). I was hosted in Germany, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, London and Iceland. At first I was hosted only, now I'm paying it forward!

My CS experiences are mainly good, some of them great, some of them weird, and some of them great and weird at the same time. I've not couchsurfed a lot but my favourite kind of trip involves couchsurfing (or similar) as well as hitchhiking, staying for some time (at least two weeks), music, literature, legends and nature.

Interests

On the whole, learning new things. Music, literature, but any kind of art as well; languages, legends and stories, nature, gastronomy and history.

The first things I am interested in about an unknown nation are its language and its music. Also gastronomy, of course. I love good tea and good coffee. I like mugs, unusual socks, skirts with pockets and peculiar earrings. I like stories, so I like History as well. If you do some kind of art stuff it will probably interest me, too.

Music, Movies & Books

MUSIC: Kings of Convenience, Bonaparte, Marvin Pontiac, Edith Piaf, Jaques Brel, Antònia Font, Amants de Lulú, Fabrizio de André, Franco Battiato, Adi Smolar, Eels, Joy Division, Rökkurró, Sigur Rós, Paco de Lucí­a; jazz: Grappelli (& Menuhin), Reinhardt, Passadena Roof Orchestra, Fitzgerald, Armstrong; classical: J. S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms, Schönberg, Bartók, Shostakovich; some electronic: Chin Yi, The Whitest Boy Alive;

BOOKS: Dostoyevsky, Kafka, Nietzsche, Poe, Wilde, Auster..., but also Catalan and Spanish literature from time to time. I was raised by Roald Dahl, Mark Twain, the Bible, Larousse Encyclopedy, Asterix and Obelix, Lucky Luke, Tintin, The Smurfs, Cavall Fort and a lot of regular juvenile literature from back then. Miquel Marti­ i Pol, the Catalan poet, is always there, whispering his precious clever soft tough words. I read Philosophy, some informative Science articles, some poetry, and any novel I find interesting. Any classic book is always welcome; any good story book as well. I've never been scared of dense, thick or weighty books, but I also must admit some short books are just awesome. I am currently discovering Halldór Laxness and I'm loving it! If you want to learn about Icelanders, you should read his book "Independent people".

PAINTING: the late Rothko, Vicent van Gogh, Dalí­, Leonid Afremov, Manolo Millares. Unfortunately, I don't have much knowledge about painting, so I sure am missing some amazing artists.

I'm not a big fan of movies, but from time to time I ask some cinema lover friend for advice. I enjoyed movies such as Control, American Beauty, Billy Elliot or Fullmetal Jacket. Cinema never got my attention, though.

I've watched and read some Japanese stuff, too. I'd recommend Akira, XXXHolic, Homunculus, Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist, Serial Experiments Lain and One Piece. Also all films directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Looking at a lake in the mountains at daybreak. Climbing to the top of the bell tower the of a church in ruins. Walking alone through a forest at night. Galloping on an Icelandic horse along the black beach of a fjord. Taking the strong wind on a peak of Montserrat. A lot of landscapes and some amazing people I've been lucky to meet.

I made myself a violin. Working for a luthier, I finished another violin he started —and sold it for a good amount! I also made some nice hurdy-gurdies he designed. And I helped making this crazy instrument, called organistrum, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRIF_undL8Q.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach Catalan or Spanish. Also something about Philosophy, Classical music, drawing or making string instruments. About learning... whatever you may teach me. Actually, if I am interested in something you will notice it very soon.

Countries I've Visited

Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Libya, Malta, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Iceland, Slovenia, Spain

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