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You can call me Gui, if you want. It's easier and that's also how my friends and family call me in Brazil.
Been for 7 years now in Germany, swaping between Berlin and Hamburg. Now I'm finally about to graduate but, anyway, I really try not to make this the most important part of my life, though. I think there's more about life and this world than papers, certificates and "careers".
What else...I'm a vegetarian and I love cooking. I still wanna learn Japanese. I love animals. All of them. I love music, singing, dancing, watching good movies, being (politically) active and engaged and just being with my family and friends as well. I have the tendency of reading the same books a lot of times. I'm rather that guy with few, but very good friends than the one with 2000 acquaintances on facebook.
I'll probably end up living in an eco-village in the middle of nowhere with a lot of self-grown vegetables and a small animal sanctuary, but I think I'm still an urban creature, though. I'm a passionate cycling lobbyist. I'm a bit indecisive, I dream a lot and I love meeting friendly, different, crazy, inspiring, conscious, relaxed, engaged people and maybe that's why I'm a member of this platform.
Respect, learn, listen, change, love, feel, question, laugh, share, resist, experiment, enjoy, preserve, create.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I got to know the project by chance, in Brazil, in 2008. Götz was the first Couchsurfer I met, in the same year. I had the opportunity to host people in São Paulo, Berlin and I've been surfing many 'non-official' couches in São Paulo, Rio, Helsinki, Munich, Amsterdam and also had the opportunity to surf lovely couches in France, Germany and Netherlands.
Bicycles, nature, anthropology and my amateur ethnographic expeditions around the globe, languages, anti-racist activism, intersectional feminism, queer poc solidarity, sustainability (whatever this really means), city maps, permaculture, public transportation systems, photography, (modern) dance, a lot of music, small independent cinemas, architecture, sunsets, squats, female singers with powerful voices, tea, social movements, ayurveda, vegetarian cooking, native peoples, silence, deserts, talking to strangers, children, sharing thoughts, feelings, things, eastern philosophies, creative, independent fashion, learning anything new, street art, politics, massage, contact improvisation, animals, yoga, DIY, the sun, the universe, ...
- street art
- social justice
- skinny dipping
- queer poc solidary
- french fries
Music, Movies, and Books
My two writing heroes are probably Clarice Lispector, Caio Fernando Abreu. Otherwise trying to decolonize my knowledges and trying to read more authors of color and/or from the Global South which are often neglected by academia, also in places such as Brazil.
I listen to Elis Regina (my favorite singer, ever) and to all this: last.fm/user/mahabharata;
I love Truffaut, David Lynch, Fatih Akin, Bergman, Antonioni, Wim Wenders, Truffaut, Kieslowski, Almodóvar, Haneke, Fellini, Pasolini, Woody Allen, Godard, Muriel's Wedding, Lars von Trier, Lukas Moodyson, Wong Kar Wai - ok, I'm actually quite biased towards Western male directors here and should be changing this right now. I also love "Central do Brasil", one of the best movies in Brazilian history.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
First of all, meeting selfless, empowered people all over the globe.
Watching Nelken, by Pina Bausch, live at Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, and getting randomly hugged by one of the dancers.
Standing alone in the middle of Jemaa el Fna Square in Marrakesh, watching thousands of people walk by, storytellers, musicians, food sellers, surrounded by the haunting calls for prayer coming from Koutobia Mosque.
Visiting the Sahara Desert and going up one of its highest dunes in the middle of the night, with the full moon as the very only source of light, and being able to see Mars, Venus and Algeria.
Teach, Learn, Share
Me, teach? hm....I could help you with Portuguese or pratice Spanish and German with you. I also love giving (and of course receiving) massages!
I'd love to learn how to knit and some empowerment techniques for pocs.
We could also pratice analogic or digital photography, meditation, yoga and some contact dancing. Oh yes, I'd love to know more about permaculture!
What I Can Share with Hosts
Love, curiosity, solidarity, empathy and a large dosis of indecisiveness.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Brazil, Germany, Namibia, Netherlands