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"Sono uomini e donne e piroscafi e bandiere, viaggiatori viaggianti da salvare... e mi sogno i sognatori che aspettano la primavera, o qualche altra primavera da aspettare ancora" (i. fossati)
"Se fossi un vero viaggiatore ti avrei già incontrato..."
(I. Fossati, again)
There is a problem in couchsurfing these days.
The community website is changing for bad, and so are manners - well, the whole mindset of average Cs travellers is changing for bad. People are joining, the website does NOT explain what couchsurfing is about. Why? Since venture capitalists have recently paid $22.5million USD to own Couchsurfing, the very concept of hospitality exchange is under threat: the new business owners want large member numbers, not good travel experiences and cultural exchange.
I won't leave this website, at least for the moment, due to the many people I've met along these years.
But let's consider moving our activities to another, non-profit and democratic website: www.bewelcome.org
Hospitality exchange is a wonderful idea: being a guest allows you to go much deeper into the place you visit, hosting presents you with another different and often surprising look to your own homeplace. Both ways, you have the chance to meet interesting people and often new friends, and I'm very happy about local openminded communities growing around these grounds.
I love sharing my time with people from other countries, have fun and mix cultures - an orgy of different points of view is a great thing, once you consider differences as an opportunity of pleasure and mutual improvement.
Beware: I will never discriminate my guests (or hosts) based on race, gender, religion or sexual preference. I might discriminate on politics, though.
Trying to quit. But got good marks back then at high school, sure.
Uhm, seriously now. Well, I wouldn't describe myself as an always easy-going person: I used to be, but age (according to CS statistics, there is a 70% chance I'm old enough to be your father) and not-always-delightful experiences have taken their share of energies. I like my privacy, too, and my poor precious time to rest and be on my own.
But I survived myself, and you will as well (come on, you'll have to suffer me for a short amount of time, while I've been in my own company for all my life).
I'll always love to meet nice people who have something to share and are willing to communicate, compare and mix cultures and experiences. Although a bit shy (but working on it: at the moment I can even speak to an audience of many people... if behind a videocamera), I like to think I could be described as an open-minded person, eager to learn from others, understand social and cultural issues, fight for equality and against every kind of oppression, work for a sustainable development, defend nature, and all this kind of out-of-date stuff. I see differences as opportunities, feel open to all ways to enjoy life, respect any lifestyle (and sexual attitude). I'm not religious at all, but will probably get along with your religious ideals, if you won't be trying to force me in (well, problems might arise with any fanatic belief). I've been working with peace and environmental organizations, and always gave my vote to the italian left: yes, apparently it didn't help very much, did it?
For sure, I'm a night owl, as I work the nightshift.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
This seems to be the right place for some logistical boundaries: potential guests, please read them carefully. Have a look here at the left side of the page as well (I'll be repeating some concepts a few times, for the sake of clarity).
I cannot host more than ONE person at a time, as my flat is pretty small and has only ONE bedroom (with a real bed, which is usually mine, and a guestcouch). Got it? The guest would sleep in the same room with me. Probably in different hours, though, as I usually work the night and slip back home around 7 am. This means poor privacy level and no luxuries, believe me. It also means I'll seldom have time to spend with guests late at night.
Anyway: regardless of hosting, please feel free to contact me if you'd like to spend an evening together in Rome!
Joined HC in 2004, then CS in 2007. I could never go back to ordinary "hotel" trips! (BUT I remember renting fine country houses overlooking a blue sea in places such as Formentera or Pantelleria: mmmmmhhh, do I have to add why I didn't miss HC/CS back then?)...
The world and its derivates, plus my own very private businesses. For example, sleeping. Yes, sorry, I love sleeping a lot, especially during daytime. Sometimes I seem to be sleeping while talking and working, but that's another problem. Then, I'm interested in literature, media, politics... I'm into nature, cinema, music, scuba diving, travels (of course), cooking (sure!), tango (that's recent, I'm fond of it but just taking the first steps!)... then eating (a lot), drinking (why not), partying... knowing new people... romance and sex (expert of the solo version of both)... making mistakes... ok, I'll update the list after a nap.
- scuba diving
Music, Movies, and Books
Yes, a lot. If I wanted to list "my" books, I'd join www.anobii.com (but I don't).
Let alone movies and music.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Oh, some sad news: I stopped smoking, and developed a fat belly instead. Then I started smoking again, the belly is still there, and I'm more nervous than before. WTF. Anyway, I try not to smoke in our (small) bedroom...
Teach, Learn, Share
Among the three? Share, definitely.
Try saying: "happiness is only real when taught", or "happiness is only real when learnt". No, see, it doesn't work.
Countries I’ve Visited
Countries I’ve Lived In