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YOU SHOULD LET ME KNOW AT LEAST TWO WEEKS BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL! I work a lot and cannot check messages often
PLEASE WRITE A NICE REQUEST :)
--> ALSO : no ONE NIGHT HOSTING (when I host I like to get to know people, that's what it's all about anyway, so stop sending me requests if you arrive late and need to catch a flight or train early in the morning!)
always keep discovering, don't ask yourself "why?" but "why not ?"
I'm an easy person to live with, I'm pretty much always in a good mood :) I like to make fun about others but first of all of myself !
Couchsurfing history => I started hosting in Paris (a lot) because I am from Paris, then I moved to Rome in 2013, and with my 3 roommates Gabriele, Paolo and Irene we kept hosting a loooot :) After spending a while in Paris when my Erasmus was finished, I was back in Rome in 2015!
I lived with 2 girls, Michela and Federica, both from Calabria (region of South Italy) and I made them discover CS.
Then I moved to Lyon for love in 2015 and spent a year working there and kept hosting with my boyfriend Clément.
Annnd since september 2016, I am back in Paris to start a cinema school and will hopefully stay there for the next 2 years !!!
(in case you lost I am in Paris now)
just when you think you know something, you must look at it in a different way...
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
In Paris and Rome, I hosted a lot of people, mostly girls in my room or in another room. I offer a couch and sometimes I can invite you to places I like, but sometimes I'm really busy with studies and well, life, so I can host you but don't ask too much, and be free!
About surfing at my place: I really ask you to be nice to every person that lives with me in the appartment, even if it's just saying "hello" in the morning, to be clean and to not take everything for granted !
CS is a gigantic gift hosters offer and I really appreciate when I feel people are happy and grateful.
I say all of this because sometimes CS weren't that cool.
On the other hand, I won't be part of those hosts who ask you (on their profile) to share EVERYTHING with them, "don't use my flat as a free hostel BLABLABLAH!" and to be their best friend 24/7
(seriously, chill out guuuys!)...
Honestly, I won't always be available to show you around because of studies and interships and stuff, so please, if so, use my flat as your free hostel =)
I've couchsurfed three times in Rome and once in Berlin and all the experiences were fantastic so I've hosted a lot of people in my appartment in Paris after that ! so far it has been a wonderful experience with almost each one of my couchsurfers :)
Then I did a Spanish trip with one of my best friends, Caroline, and we surfed in Sevilla and Barcelona !
During my Erasmus year in Rome, I was hosted in Napoli, Venezia, Milano, Marsala (Sicily), La Valletta, Prague, Bugibba (Malta) and surfed a friend's couch in Barcelona (again, YES I LOVE BCN !!)
I continued hosting all that year I was living in Rome.
Recently, during a trip to Chile with my dad to visit family, we couchsurfed couches in La Serena and Castro in the island of Chiloé.
I hosted CS in Paris and in Rome. When I moved to Lyon, I kept hosting quite a bit introducing my boyfriend to this marvellous way of traveling :) We also both couchsurfed together in Turin, Italy !
Recently, the Couchsurfing website changed. If you joined in late 2014 or after that you probably don't know, but it used to be way better !!
I'm stating that because the way people send Couchrequests totally changed : before, you had 2 sections, one in which you presented yourself and your trip and your way of arrival (train, bus, etc) and dates.time and another one in which you explained why you chose this host in particular (if you send me a Couchrequest that would be me ^^).
Today, you have one section only and no indication and I receive tons of requests like "Hi Luna, I am Joe, I am coming to Lyon and I need a place, will you host me please? thx "
Well, guys this is NOT a Couchrequest and I am no longer gonna answer stuff like this. I am not being mean but this is just ridiculous.
I think life isn't worth it if it doesn't surprised you everyday. We should keep on doing things we'd say we 'd never do, talk to strangers, smile to anyone, we should be open to discover always a little more what's surrounding us.
- bungee jumping
- study abroad
Music, Movies, and Books
Jazz music (TIME IN JAZZ FESTIVAL in Berchidda), Tarantino films, Suzanne Vega, Keith Jarrett, Woody Allen, french movies, Pierre Niney, movies no one watches, Alejandro Inarritu, Cillian Murphy, Jennifer Lawrence, Ricardo Darin, Joss Stone, Norah Jones, Sonya Kitchell, Coldplay, Adele, Alicia Keys, Tribalistas, Laurie Anderson, Marisa Monte, Katie Melua, The Rolling Stones, The Aveners, Shake Shake Go
TV Series: 24, Homeland, Scandal, You're The Worst, Orange is the New Black, Top of the Lake, The Walking Dead, House of Cards, Scrubs, Weeds, The Wire, Masters of Sex, Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful, The Office, The Affair, Man seeking woman, Peaky Blinders
Movies: No, Angèle et Tony, Match Point, Los amantes del circulo polar, Les enfants du Paradis, Pulp Fiction, La piel que habito, Le Meraviglie, Man on Wire, El Chino, Avril, Restless, La casa de los espiritu, Drive, Requiem for a dream, The English Patient, Clouds of Sils Maria, La belle vie, Mustang
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
My trip to india was quite amazing, and..let me think...
Oh yeah, my father is from Chile and everytime I go to south america it's like i'm re discovering it all over again, there's a very special feeling there.
I took a snake around my neck in Thailand when I was 10, bwaaaah !
Very recently at the Solidays music Festival in Paris, I went bungee jumping, even though everyone thinks it's so cool, it was traumatic !!! ^^
And last thing: I fell in love with Sardegna as well don't ask me why but I am completely mesmerized by this island, I went hitch-hiking several times there :)
I would looove to go to Australia too, it is one of my dreaaams ^^
What I Can Share with Hosts
MONEY AND LITTLE ATTENTIONS ISSUES
Recently, a friend told me I should charge people sending me emergency couch request : 24 hours before coming at my place, they have nowhere to be, I suggest to charge 10 euros /night = IT DID SEEM REASONABLE.
I know I would have payed, but again I am not very comfortable charging for a couch, even for an amount as symbolic and low as 10 euros.
But I did and I'm sorry, of course it wasn't accepted, so it didn't happen.
BUT THEN I THOUGHT ABOUT ONE THING : for almost a year now I hosted people and they never offered me anything.
Now, when I surfed and went out with my hosts I always insisted on paying their drink/food/museum/ice cream : IT IS NORMAL. They host me for free, it is the least I can do, EVEN if they work and I'm a student, even if I'm a woman and he's a man. It is just being polite guys. The host takes you to bars, restaurants, places and you're just being GRATEFUL for it.
But, I've been taking people to drinks, aperitivo, restaurants, and for a year not one even offered to (maybe) invite me. It is ok, I don't get mad, but it still weirds me out a bit that the surfer doesn't want to make this gesture. I didn't want to write this because it sounds like "buy me gelato" and "buy me dinner" but it's not what I mean, what I mean is sometimes I thought about charging people for a couch just so I could go out with them, isn't that sad in a way?
I am a student, I have no money by definition but when surfing I just think that's normal.
When you're in my house, I will share the few things I have for breakfast, make a cup of tea or coffee, sometimes dinner, etc. In the end I think it is sad to think I might quit Couchsurfing for a while because it is COSTING me too much to share everything and not to get offer a thing :(
April, 5th 2015 : I waited for my surfers last night until 1am and they where supposed to land at 10.40 pm. I had no news since their last Whatsapp text at 9.45 pm. I fell asleep on my phone just to see this morning they had wrote me at 1.30am to come to my place. THIS ISN'T A FIRST TIME BUT IT'S OVER. Not gonna answer after that late or open my door as I already have at 2am. IF YOU LAND LATE OR COME IN LATE, DOOR WILL BE CLOSED: NO ONE AFTER 10 pm. !
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Mauritius, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In