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Rafael Solís

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Last login 6 months ago

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Overview

  • 18 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, French, Spanish; learning German
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Student (erstwhile Government Employ...
  • Political Science, Public Policy, In...
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

awareness

ABOUT ME

Traveling has expanded my spirit and couchsurfing has taught me huge lessons of kindness and fraternity that have to be seen to be believed.

I am now on a mission to remake parts of my life into a less complicated iteration and embrace life as it comes.

Sometimes my serious look at first-time approach can be a put-off, but am actually silly and have a nonsensical off-beat sense of humor... I like so many different things and hang out with a diversity of friends that most probably we will find something in common. I am very curious about people and ideas, so I like hosting/surfing for the unique experiences it brings and will ask you a lot of questions about the places you've been to or they things you like.

PHILOSOPHY

CARPE DIEM (rehashed ad nauseam, but so true, always so true: Seize the day). the horror of life being too short and our possibilities too many... leads us to HELP, lend hands, give back to people and communities, change stuff for the good, move.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I love hosting and surfing as it is always the promise of a rewarding experience. I try to have a coffee at least, when host/surf is not possible... Because CS means a lot: new places, people & stories, renewed kindness and true fellowship (even catharsis). CS has humbled me and and for that I will make an effort to be involved with CS in one way or another for the years to come. Unfortunately, the last 2.5 years that I spent in Australia, I couldn't host as my housemates were not interested in CS :-/

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

So many great experiences! I started in Servas back in 2005, then Hospitality Club and Globalfreeloaders, both as a host and a traveler, from New York to Svalbard to Turkey to OZ! I think this sort of interaction is one of a kind, a very distinctive way of traveling (no matter if you travel on a shoestring or like resorts, you have to experience CS at least once), it lends extra meaning to a journey elevating it above a mere trip. Because I feel that CS is the most organized and complete travel network , I'm not very active with the others anymore.

Interests

People! and their ideas, music, art, books, travel, politics, silliness, nature, small things and big problems too...

Music, Movies & Books

Too many to list, and tastes change/expand from time to time. As a snapshot, I'd say I love books by Margaret Atwood and Jonathan Safran Foer. I listen to Radiohead, Neko Case and many other artists/genres, I like films by David Lynch or Lars von Trier. (if you didn't gag with the pretentiousness of my answer, I salute you! :)

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Hard one... but here in CS I can show off that I've been all they way to Svalbard and then to Ushuaia!!

Teach, Learn, Share

We'll share the unique, unrepeatable, rare experience of talking to each other (I do believe this can be made a great experience, let's go beyond water cooler chit chat). I will want to know how living where you live is like, what do you think about many things, I will try to learn something from you (but nevermind, Im not that intrusive). I'm not sure I can teach much, but if you ask, I'll do my best.

What I Can Share With Hosts

Good talk!!

Countries I've Visited

Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Laos, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, France, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, United States

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