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Derek Serra

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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Overview

  • 55 Positive References2 Neutral
  • Fluent in Afrikaans, English
  • 46, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Photographer/ Casting Agent/Document...
  • University Graduate
  • From Cape Town, South Africa
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To meet people from around the world, learn a bit about their culture, and share travel experiences.

ABOUT ME

Having travelled extensively myself, I realise how valuable a personal contact in a city can be.I live in the beautiful leafy suburb of Gardens in Cape Town, about three blocks from trendy Long Street, Cape Town's nightlife district. My Italian heritage has blessed me with a passionate, lively nature - nothing I do is done half-heartedly. I am renouned for my cooking skills, and regularly have groups of friends over for large plates of tasty food from all corners of the world. I have in the past produced and directed 10 documentary films - titles include LOVE FOOLS?, CULTURECLASH, CAPE OF RAPE, WHITE WORKING CLASS and "nudecapetown". I was known as a controversial filmmaker on the cutting edge of social documentary production.

Now I am focussed on my other passion - photography, shooting mainly fashion and art. Check out www.derekantonioserra.com to see my work.

I also own Central Castings, the oldest casting agency in South Africa, so life gets pretty hectic on productions during summer.

A new venture of mine is www.classiccamperhire.biz. - I have five classic VW campers from the 70's which I hire out to tourists :)

At present I share my home with my girlfriend Akhona, my cats Sabrina and Sheba and my dog Phoebe .

PHILOSOPHY

Life is an adventure to be lived from day to day. I enjoy meeting people from diverse cultures and gaining an insight into their daily lives and philosophies.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I've been hosting surfers quite frequently in recent years, and really enjoy listening to traveller's tales - being a storyteller of note myself :)

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Having hosted over 30 couchsurfers in Cape Town, and having surfed myself in three countries, I can honestly say that I have experienced a positive outcome around 95% of the time. I've learned a lot from listening to the experiences of fellow travellers, and I've tried to share my experience of travelling with others as well. It's been great!

Interests

Photography, filmmaking, art, music, travel. Check out my websites:

www.derekantonioserra.com www.classiccamperhire.biz www.centralcastings.co.za www.controversifilms.co.za http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypfDZC5HU1-c-Uc3Myvvzg?feature=mhee

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Sunset at Ankor Wat in Cambodia

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Cambodia, Canada, China, Cuba, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Swaziland, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Zambia

Countries I've Lived In

South Africa

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