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*****APOLOGIES IF SOMETIMES I DON'T ANSWER RIGHT AWAY BUT I GET LOTS OF REQUESTS, MOSTLY COPY AND PASTE. GUYS, OUR TIME IS PRICELESS*****
Couchsurfing for dummies in Spanish:
Couchsurfing in English for beginners:
PLEASE, MAKE AN EFFORT AND BE CREATIVE IF YOU WANT ME TO HOST YOU OTHERWISE WE SHOULDN'T BE WASTING OUR TIME. OBVIOUSLY, YOU MIGHT GET MORE LUCKY.
ALSO, PLEASE DO NOT TAKE IT PERSONAL AS SOMETIMES I CANNOT HOST YOU AND THERE'S NO NEED TO EXPLAIN THE REASON WHY AND WE DON'T HOST PEOPLE FOR JUST ONE NIGHT.
LASTLY, DO NOT SEND ME A REQUEST MORE THAN A WEEK IN ADVANCE ROUGHLY. MANY THANKS AND VIVA CS :D
First and foremost, thank you for writing to me, I really appreciate that you TRUST me without even knowing me :)
Secondly, I strongly BELIEVE that as long as we can communicate what we dis/like in terms of sharing a common space, I do not have many house rules apart from "do not steal" and "do not try to murder me", but other than that I am very grateful when people do not consider our welcoming and international flat a "free hotel" and myself just a "free and INTERESTING tour guide" (I am more than that ;D).
Please, a request for a few days beforehand is more than enough as well as two or three days stay, for the time being. By the way, we also really appreciate that apart from sightseeing all day long which we do understand you can keep some of that energy to go salsa, bachata, kizomba, merengue and tango dancing and/or cook at least one meal with us and therefore spend some quality time together. Do not worry if you do not have a clue since we are used to teaching two left feet newbies and as long as you have a smile on your smile is more than enough. For the early risers, do not worry we usually go for a couple of hours unless the place is packed and we have lots of fun.
Needless to say, I do not expect you to invite me dinner/drinks or any other kind of stuff (although I humbly accept any kind of offer :D), but let me introduce you to my former flatmates: Marta Olech: https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/wiewiorona?action=show&controller=user_profiles and Yenerys Aybar: https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/yenerys-aybar and the longest which are the current ones: Alejandro Cañizares: https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/alecaniort@email@example.com, and Luis Roman: https://www.couchsurfing.com/users/2008393877
Just to make things clear, we host a lot of people (something that we are very passionate about) and as much as we would LOVE to give food and everything, we are not rich guy we cannot afford it. And that doesn't necessarily mean that we are not keen on sharing :)
By the way, any help with the house will be very much appreciated. Certain common things that might be useful to be taken into account: being tidy, clean and therefore hygienic is also quite important :D
CARPE DIEM and enjoy the process. Travelling and having friends from over the world can make you feel like home wherever you are. As a matter of fact, couchsurfing is by far one of the best ways to see the world, meet outstanding and super interesting people who will make your memories unforgettable 🌅
It may sound repetitive but it has completely changed my LIFE! It's pure MAGIC because everytime is different now thanks to this amazing COMMUNITY, lots of original and cool PEOPLE from all over the WORLD! To be honest, I wish I had known about this site before as well as many other things about life but it's never too late! :)
According to people, I'm charismatic, curious, funny, extrovert, charming, friendly, energetic, easy-going and up for adventure :) I'm interested in so many things--the world never ceases to amaze me! Some particulars: local (sub)culture, live music, dance (salsa, bachata, merengue, swing, tango, kizomba), cycling, mountains and oceans, architecture, history, urban planning, ecology, philosophy, biology...and more! I love discovering new perspectives and ideas 🌈 🌺🌊 🌼
I'm a tollerant atheist whose mottos are "live and let live'', ''make love and not war'', 'believe in yourself and never give up'' and most importantly ''enjoy every single moment.''
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Because I love talking, having a good time, sharing wonderful experiences with people from all over the world and why not make new friends :)
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I have been organising LOTS of epic salsa and flamenco CS EVENTS for the last few months.
************SOME SIMPLE COUCHSURFING HOSTING STEPS*************
************BY READING THIS AND MY PROFILE HOME BEFORE SENDING ME A COUCHSURFING REQUEST YOU'LL BE DIFFERENT FROM THE REST and therefore MORE ELIGIBLE to be chosen. Indeed, due to the fact that I get a lot of requests, I will mostly answer a request when you really think you would specifically like to stay with me and tell me a little bit about why you think so*******************
👍 A FULL PROFILE is mandatory.
👍 Shitty couchrequests from EMPTY PROFILES will probably be replied with a simple NO with no further explanation.
👍 ¿Eres español o latinoamericano? Escríbeme en español. No obstante, me encanta hablar y aprender otros idiomas :)
👍 For those kamikazes, last minutes requests I will probably say ''NO'' because I might not have ENOUGH time to meet you but never say never.
👍 I usually reply from my laptop or mobile phone in a few hours. Sometimes straight away.
👍 FUNNY messages get extra bonus points, maybe add your own favourite JOKE?
👍 Please send me your dates in this format (Monday, 15th April)
👍 I do quite a few things, so a week/days before you are landing please refreshing me with your arriving dates.
👍 Crazy travellers, please send them all to me! :)
👍 If you are looking for free accommodation only, you are definitely coming in the wrong way.
I follow a few STEPS that I now go by if you are interested in sending me a couch surfing request. Reasons for me following these steps were from past experiences that I've had with hosting couchsurfers.
👍 Send me a proper couchsurfing request. What I mean by that is DO NOT SEND ME A PERSONAL MESSAGE WITHOUT A REQUEST (((((DON'T FORGET THE DATE, PLEASE))))) if you are trying to send in a couch request.
👍 Tell me why you are interested in surfing at my house. Whether you have the same interests as me or not, or even just something simple like if I have black hair it doesn't matter what it is. I like to socialise with different people.
👍 When sending me a request explaining why you want to surf into my home don't simply just say "I need a place to stay" or I'm "just travelling on a low budget''. Oh come on my friend, be a bit more creative! While I do agree that couchsurfing is to stay at someones home I believe there is more to couchsurfing than just that. I like to know a better reason WHY.
👍 If I accept you and you do not end up coming to my house by any reason then please let me know in advance at least a few hours before. There have been a couple of occasions where I accept a person into my house, they don't end up coming over and they have never messaged me letting me know that they will not make it to my house.
However, I don't like writing bad references and I try to be as much FLEXIBLE as possible because in the end we're all human beings and especially when we are travelling something unexpected may come up ;)
👍 Obviously, I will look at your profile before I ACCEPT OR DENY.
👍 I will look at how much EFFORT you put into your profile. If it doesn't look like you put effort into your profile (example: having only one picture or haven't written anything about yourself just seems like a LAZY PERSON). Then, chances are that I will NOT accept.
👍 I also look at your PAST REVIEWS. I do not care about if you have a couple negative reviews. I just want to know how much experience you have with couch surfing. But if you are NEW to couch surfing then it's okay.
👍 If you are TRAVELLING with FRIENDS then I would like to know them as well. If they have any couch surfing profiles or even just facebook, myspace, Linkedin and etc. Then that would be helpful as well if you can attach their link with your request.
👍 Most of all if I accept you into my house.
WELCOME! MI CASA ES TU CASA! ;)
*** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READING: https://gypsyjes.wordpress.com/2015/06/14/salsa-bachata-sevilla/
Even way bigger than my references say despite not everybody leaves you one. But most importantly, I will always keep them in my heart. An unforgettable crazy couchsurfer & an amazing guest that we hosted once said: ''the person who created CS should be awarded by the Nobel Peace Prize for cultural exchange.'' Needless to say, I fully support this statement ;)
They are all a real pain in the neck :) Always POSITIVE and you become much more TOLERANT (try to be flexible, always smile and take life with a pinch of salt)!!! Everybody I've met (and I meet) in CS encourages me to travel abroad and taste the CS experience on both sides of the game (hosting and being hosted).
I like welcoming a surfers as if they were old friends and try to stay with them most of the time if it's possible for me. And yes, it can be very tiring sometimes but it's always a really nice reason for being tired :)
So far, I have managed to eat all the huge amount of yummy pasta that a generous Australian surfer cooked for us and many other crazy that I'd love to share with you :)
Overall, I have grown up and learned a lot thanks to all couch surfers that I have hosted and met over the last few months. Definitely, an unforgettable, priceless and unique experience!!!
PS: I have made some really good friends thanks to my couch surfing experience and met one of the most interesting persons in my life. However, I would say that things are changing from what CS was when I signed up [a while ago] : CS is becoming more and more popular, which is causing that so many new people who have NO IDEA about what is this about, are joining just trying to take advantage of the host finding accommodation for free. Needless to say, we CANNOT tolerate it, we CANNOT allow them to spoil such beautiful and helpful project. We must remind these people that CS is NOT a way to get a hostel for free, but an amazing chance to get into the true-real city through someone who's living in that city.
I love SELF-IMPROVEMENT, ecology, RUNNING, DANCING (salsa, bachata, tango, merengue & kizomba), LANGUAGES, squash, cycling, tennis, climbing, hiking, canoeing, CULTURE, meeting new PEOPLE, enjoying LIFE to the fullest , and up for ADVENTURE. And guess what else? TRAVELLING, too. I'm interested in so many things--the world never ceases to amaze me!
keep growing and learning to become the BEST version of yourself!!!
Also enjoy taking travellers to experience local Seville attractions including:
_For an epic salsa night to dance salsa, bachata, merengue, tango or kizomba in some of the most trendy salsa clubs
_La Carbonería to watch an authentic free flamenco show http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/europe/chasing-the-legend-of-flamenco-in-seville-at-la-carboneria/
_Running, cycling or walking tour around the city and in the mountains :)
_Garganta Verde for an amazing hike and swim along a World Heritage Site
_Huelva or Cádiz Beach for a nice swim and sunset
_Dangerous Ice-cream shops :)
_Mount some of the most impressive Grazalema's Summits
_The best dessert places in Seville :P
_Karaoke, clubs, bars and pubs etc :D
There are some free walking tours:
There are another ones which are not free:
50 Things to do in Seville:
50 Cosas que hacer en Sevilla antes de morir: http://sevillasecreta.co/2015/08/50-cosas-que-hacer-en-sevilla-antes-de-morir/
Music, Movies, and Books
***RECOMMENDED READING: http://francistapon.com/Travels/Advice/How-to-be-a-Good-Couchsurfing-Guest-and-Host
🎬 Movies: Cyrano de Bergerac, Cinema Paradiso, Anónimo Veneciano, La Cena de los Idiotas, Malena (G.Tornatore), Mediterráneo (Tornatore), El perro del hortelano, Un hombre y una mujer, Candilejas (Chaplin), Shoad (C. Lanzmann)
🎶 Music: Brel, Nino Bravo, Serrat, Piaf, Marie Laforet, Roberto Carlos, Iva Sanichi, Aznavour, Albert Hammon, Victor manuel, Patxi andion, Chanson Francaise, classic music and melodic music in general...
📖 Books: El Lobo Estepario (H. Hesse), El lirio en el Valle (Balzac is the best), La Tía Tula (Unamuno), Carta a una Desconocida (Zweig), Goethe, Heine, Los Miserables (V.Hugo) Primo Levi, Elie Wiesel; Philosophical: Wittgenstein, Russell, Hume...etc
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I have climbed some 6000 metre peaks (as Cotopaxi in Ecuador or Turkal, in the North Africa) and painted beautiful portraits.
I saw the sun rising, the sea sparkling and people being happy :)
Teach, Learn, Share
🎓 CAN TEACH: Learning is a life-long process. I enjoy self-improvement, cultural, historical studies and languages. Teach me first so that I can know which things I can teach you :) Always happy to catch up for a drink🍹or a hot chocolate 🍫 :D
Interesting talk, a hell of a time and unequalled company. Every day has the potential to become the best of your life. And every day shows us wonderful things and many people don't even notice them. But if you do it will make you smile.
🎓 CAN LEARN: About different cultures, travel destinations and languages.
🎁 CAN SHARE: Travel experiences, local knowledge of Seville & Cordoba. Hungry for KNOWLEDGE, live life, OPTIMISM, laughter, love and GRATITUDE!
Nature shows us its beauty in every moment, every unique moment. We have to learn to enjoy that and to see the positive things.
PEOPLE I ENJOY HOSTING: Positive, extroverts, fun, up for different adventures including: salsa dancing, hitchhiking, running, cycling, hiking, meeting people, events, party's and dinners. Adding "I appreciate CS" to your couch request also shows you have read my profile ;)
What I Can Share with Hosts
I will never, never, never say ''no'' to a salsa, bachata, kizomba, tango or sevillanas lesson (it doesn't matter if I'm the teacher or the 'student'). Indeed, more than once we've taught our surfers how to DANCE (salsa, bachata, merengue, swing, tango, kizomba) in the kitchen or in the living before going to the salsa club :)
Unique company and unforgettable experience.
I'm fascinated by other CULTURES and various ways of life. I believe that there isn't a right way to live in this world. Rather, I think each time we meet new people, we are SHAPED by these experiences and take a little piece of each journey into our lives.
Countries I’ve Visited
Andorra, Austria, Bulgaria, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Slovenia, Switzerland
Countries I’ve Lived In