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Alex Oliveira

Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil

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Overview

  • 146 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish; learning Esperanto, Russian
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2005
  • needed
  • electrical engineer / computer scien...
  • From São Paulo / Brazil
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

find my way home

ABOUT ME

I AM AGAINST CS BECOMING A CO!

my couch, not for sale, on the press

"Humans need to travel. By their own means, not by stories, images, books or TV. By their own, with their eyes and feet, to understand what is theirs. For some day planting their own trees and giving them some value. To know the cold for enjoying the heat. And reversely. To feel the distance and lack of shelter for being well under their own roof. Human needs to travel to places they don't know for breaking this arrogance that causes us to see the world as we imagine it, and not simply as it is or may be. That makes us teachers and doctors of what we have never seen, when we should just be learners, and simply go see it." 'Mar sem Fim'/'Endless Sea'; Amyr Klink (Brazil)

“In the world I live, I see people working more than they really should, to earn more money than they really need, to buy things they don't really want, to impress people they don't really like.” Amos Oz (Israel)

"In a land of graduate vultures, it isn't heard the sing of thrushes." 'Urubus e Sabiás'/'Vultures and Thrushes'; Rubem Alves (Brazil)

"To my mother, my grandmother, and all the wonderful women in this story." 'La Casa de los Espíritus'/'The House of the Spirits'; Isabel Allende (Chile)

"Ugh, I'm sick of demigods!" 'Poema em Linha Recta'/'Straight Line Poem'; Álvaro de Campos / Fernando Pessoa (Portugal)

"[...] if there is something that can be always desired and sometimes achieved, that's human tenderness." 'La Peste'/'The Plague'; Albert Camus

PHILOSOPHY

"A beer first, please."
"Do you dream of changing the world??? You're not mad, you're one of mine."
"There's a single distance between the dream and the fact, that's the action."
"Quando a fome aperta, a vergonha afrouxa."

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

AS A MEMBER, AND NOT AS A MERCHANDISE (WELL, I TRIED).

I write to the site administrators, trying to discuss some points about the site, suggest some changes in the TERMS OF USE. the answer?

"IF YOU CAN'T AGREE WITH THEM, WE HOPE YOU FIND A COMMUNITY SUITABLE FOR YOU."

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I WAS SOLD AS PART OF THE MERCHANDISE, AND WASN'T ASKED FOR MY OPINION.

I've surfed in places like Krakow's students' accomodation and over an armary in Berlin. Many times by chance, too, like sharing a couch with 2 Brazilians i met in Moscow, having a flat just for me by 3 days in Warsaw, exchanging hosts in St. Petersburg, a bank in a square of Omsk, and so on...

Then I came to Barcelona and finally found in good conditions to start hosting. And so did I, pretty hard. Till my flatmates became pissed enough to kick me out.

Then I announced I was trying to create a CS flat in BCN, for nor having boring people complaining about helping travelers anymore. And it worked out! And here we are...

Interests

Traveling (obviously), music (just listening, I'm shit on playing), theater, languages, literature (simbolist poetry, realism and modern authors like saramago), politics, engineering, hang out with friends in a bar (beer!!!) PHOTOGRAPHY

Music, Movies & Books

naming is dangerous. you always forget smth important...
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MUSIC: Brazilian (MPB,samba,chorinho) / Cuban (Son,Salsa) / jazz / blues / soul / funk / Rock&Roll
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LITERATURE: Saramago / Fernando Pessoa / Dostoyevsky / Freud / French simbolists (Rimbaud, Verlaine...) / A lot of political works: Marx, Guevara, Fidel, Rousseau...

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"Into Thin Air", J. Krakauer / "Touching The Void", J. Simpson / "On the Road", J. Kerouac / "Prestupleniye i Nakazaniye", F. Dostoyevsky / "La Casa de los Espíritus", I. Allende / "100 Dias Entre Céu e Mar", A. Klink
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CINEMA:
Kubrick / Hitchcock / Godard / Almodovar / Tarantino / Walter Salles / Costa-Gravas

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"Motorcycle diaries" / "Che" / "Le Fils" / "MORE" / "City of God" / "Into The Wild" / "La Faute à Fidel" / "Z" / "L'Auberge Espagnole" / "La Haine" / "Carne Trémula" ...

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Each trip gets to be a wonderful surprise for me:
-Turning my connection flight into a 2-day visit to Lisbon in my first day out of Brazil.
-Hitchhicking from Paris to Wien, then in Poland and again in Germany.
-4 days drinking nothing but beer in Belgium.
-rock climbing in the Greek island of Kalymnos
-15 days to see all Egypt, including Christmas over the Sinai Mt. (eventhough I'm an atheist), our bus getting lost in the middle of the desert, crossing the western oasis, an open-air hotel in central Cairo...
-Living in Siberia and sweating a lot
-10 days with no accomodation, spending each night in a train to cross half the Russia, from Omsk to Volgograd.
-more 10 days travelling through Moscow and St.Petersburg with 2 Brazilians who were crossing the world and I met by chance.
-going around italian and greek islands sleeping on the beach, on the street, and wherever as possible.
-feeling the earth shaking, hearing the big explosion noise, and then seeing the rocks flying during the explosion of Stromboli volcano, just in front of my eyes.
-becoming the attraction in Prishtina: "where are you from?" "Brazil." "and what the hell are you doing here???" "well, visiting." "but, why???"
-seeing the clouds lower than me with my feet on Earth at Thorung La, Nepal (5416m)
-sharing a [instant pasta / dry fruits / cereal / whatever else] soup with a buddhist monk inside his temple on the way to Thorung La.

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But the most wonderful experiences are related to my ex-motorbike. It was a Virago 535:
-Alone up to Loch Ness (Scotland), then back down through Ireland, and finally meeting three of my friends (who once were with me in our University Students' Directory in Brazil) in London
-and then down to Dubrovnik, Croatia, with a one-day visit to Sarajevo (the most beautiful road I've ever seen!!), when my loved bike waited us to get back to Dubrovnik to seriously break down. Way back by Venice and Marseille. 5126.1km with a friend in just one bike. Just amazing!

Teach, Learn, Share

life is a permanent class

Countries I've Visited

Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

Brazil, France, India, Russian Federation, Spain

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