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Participating in the Mongol Rally Driving from England to Mongolia for charity:
I will pass the word to one of my blog readers, who wrote this reference:
"Gustavo is a personification of an adventurous, free spirit... He used to be an airplane in his past life, but by the cruelty of destiny, this time he was born as a mere, wingless human, deemed to walk upon this earth for a lifetime. Unsatisfied, he took on the world at full throttle (literally), defying destiny and all odds, as he flew (literally, again) to his dream, reconquering the skies once more.
Ever since, he has been an inspiration to me. Concretely speaking now, he is exemplar person, who worked hard to achieve his dream of piloting and living as an eternal traveler, turning the whole World into his home.
He is definitely a positive influence to anyone who has met him. In other words, he is strongly recommended!"
Thank you Lucas! :)
My blog: http://www.vagamundagem.com/category/english/ My blog is in Portuguese but this is the link to the few texts I wrote in English
A video showing me happy and silly doing one of the things I love- to fly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnRWxwN4L4w&list=UUsE3-q1SOo961kJQdMFnesw
Pictures: (old ones) https://picasaweb.google.com/gucanti
New ones: http://vagamundagem.smugmug.com/
PHILOSOPHY (out-of-date: wrote this couple of years ago)
LOVE: That comes first than anything. I try to see this usually as an attitude, not just as a feeling. It'Ãâ¬Ãâ¢s hard sometimes but after all it always makes me FEEL good after having the ATTITUDE of loving. That includes understanding the fact that we are all different and we all need comprehension, love and respect. Including our enemies or people that think completely different than us. I wish I could more often practice saying ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÅgood morningÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÂ to people I donÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢t know. This is a simple way of loving that a miss in big cities. Love is the basis of the Golden Rule: ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÅOne should treat others as one would like others to treat oneselfÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÂ and I try to set this ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÅgoalÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÂ when dealing with people.
LEARN: Traveling made me understand that we are all in a big school called life and each one of us is in different ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÅgradesÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÂ and we all should do our best to take every moment of our life to learn something. Nobody know for sure what comes after we pass over, but itÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢s certain that houses, cars, stuff stay behind. But we canÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢t tell about our lessons, experiences, and friendships. If we take something, thatÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢s going to be it and thatÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢s what I (try) to care in life.
DREAM: ItÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢s human nature to want more than we have. And I believe that itÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢s harder to choose a dream and believe it than to go after it and make it come true. ItÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢s so good the feeling of knowing that weÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢re on our way to our dream. I know itÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢s important to have a target and think/plan about our future, but not too much. More important than that is to:
LIVE THE HERE, NOW! I wish I could appreciate every single second and detail of my life. Sometimes I spend too much in the future, and when I realize what IÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢m missing in the present I get frustrated, but IÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢m trying to change it, and I have had some success and it makes me feel very good.
FEAR: I think about this every once in awhile. Should we be afraid of something? I donÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢t really know and I would love to talk/learn more about it. So far my experiences have leaded me to believe that we should not fear anything, as long as we respect life, nature and people. I always try to understand the reasons of my fears to get rid of them all, because I think it prevents us from experiencing life. Some people can tag me as ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÅrisk takerÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÂ, adventurer, but I do what I do just because I love life and IÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢m most of the time feeling comfortable with my ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÅadventuresÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÂ. If something goes bad, what the hell? It was supposed to be like that and I should at least take my lessonsÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÂ¦ (But itÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢s just an opinion, off course).
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
The best thing for me when traveling is to get to know people, learn how they live, hear their stories, understand them. I don't deny: I also look for a free place to sleep. I've been traveling a lot lately on a very small budget thanks to couch surfing! But I have learned that even if I had lots of money I would not trade the experiences I've been having on couchsurfing with a fancy hotel. I would even pay for those experiences if I could and its still hard to believe they are free, hosting or surfing. Many times I skip the main tourist sights if I have to pay for them and I don't mind trading it for spending some time with my host or somebody else. I totally understand though that you as a host might be busy and can't spend much time with me. When I host I don't mind giving a free place to sleep either, off course, as long as that is not the only reason you're asking me for a couch. I want you to feel at home and that includes you having to at least offer to wash your dishes, making up your bed and cleaning after yourself. -Sammamish-
I've been traveing full time since 2010 and I am still surprised to have found not only "couches" in almost every country I visit but amazing people as well. I can say that I am what I am today big part because of Couchsurfing!
Flying, horseback riding, walking, hiking, climbing, reading, cycling, photography, music, scuba diving, meditation...
I am interested to know as many as possible different places, people and culture, to learn to respect and understand different kinds of people.
- scuba diving
- bungee jumping
- rock climbing
Music, Movies, and Books
Books(or authors):When Nietzsche Wept ,Sidhartha, Alain de Botton ,Mitch Albom, The Sense of an Ending(Julian Barnes),Augusto Cury, James C. Hunter, Brian L. Weiss, Friedrick Forsyth, Alan and Barbara Pease, Og Mandino, Dale Carnegie, Guimarães Rosa, Tuareg (alberto Vazquez Figueroa), Robert Kiyosaki, Khaled Rosseini, Allan Kardec, Marcelo Gleiser, Lauro Trevisan, Marcus Zusal, The way of peaceful warrior(Dan Millman), André Luiz, Jack London, The last lecture (Randy Pausch), Into the wild (Jon Krakauer), Three Cups of Tea (Greg Morteson), The motorcycle Diaries (Che Guevara), Malcolm Gladwell, Paulo Coelho, Harry Potter(JK Rowling), Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenace (Robert M. Pirsig), Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom), Winging it (Jack Jefford), Isabel Allende, Milan Kundera, Highest Tide (Jim Lynch), The killing Zone (Kraig), Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Geoffrey Blainley, Water for Elephants, Mudbound, Symposium (Plato), Buddhadasa Bhikkhu...
Music: Munford and Sons, Miike Snow, Yanni, Era, Enigma, Beattles, U2, Cold Play, Renato Motha, Tom Jobim, Enya, Gotan Project, Beirut, Mano Chao, The Cat Empire, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Loreena Mckennitt, Marcus Vianna, Pink Floyd, Sacred Spirit, Sarah Brightman, Sigur Ross, The Corrs, Flogging Molly, Florence and the Machine, classical music...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I flew as a solo pilot a small and old single-engine airplane from British Columbia, Canada, to the southeast of Brazil. Reached the top of El Misti´s volcano in Peru, got lost and survived also The "Nevado de Wantapallana" in the Andes. I have been to Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro, Machu Picchu in Peru, and Chinchen Itza in Mexico, and to the highest lake of the world (Titicaca). Saw bears in the northwest of US. Saw a family of Orcas swimming very close to the ferry boat when going to Canada from US. Swam with dolphins, Sea Lions and sharks in Punta Cana. Got my paragliding license(but a rat ate my canopy and haven't flown since then). Bungee Jumped from a bridge in Whistler, Canada and from a tower in Belo Horizonte. Got my scuba diving "license". Flew over grand Canyon, Crater lake, Yellowstone ntl Park. Landed in the busiest airport in the world during Oshkosh Aviation fair. Camped in the Atacama Desert. Crossed alone the US from NW to SE on a motorcycle (5500km in 5 days). Got a job in a ski resort and saw snow for the first time when I was 20 years old. Almost got in jail in Bahamas. Kind of got in jail in Serbia. Spent 10 days in a retreat without talking, internet or phone. 19 days traveling by ship from Italy to Brazil. And most important: Got to know many special friends in my travels...
Teach, Learn, Share
I am always looking for information of how can I be a better one. I would love to listen experiences of life and to share the few I already have. I am also very interested in all stuff that can fly.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Couchsurfing for me is all about human interaction, I do couchsurfing because I love meeting new people and making new friends.
If you are interested in travels and how to travel the world in a budget I am certainly the right person for you to meet as I have been traveling non-stop for the last 5 years. But I tend to listen more than talk and love to hear about my host's stories and experiences.
I consider myself very considerate. I respect my hosts timing, space, privacy and personality. I will, at least, make up my bed or my couch, clean whatever you let me use and offer to help in house duties which I will be very happy to do.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Aruba, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Gambia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Scotland, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, British, Wales
Countries I’ve Lived In
Brazil, France, Italy, Puerto Rico, Thailand, United States