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The more we know, the more we are.
I'm a cool, absolutely open-minded, easy-going and laid back guy. So, very few things annoy me, and, even out of those I try to learn something.
I like traveling so much I can't even explain. You surely know how it feels. You know that excitment explosion you feel when you arrive at places you've never been before, or that you wanted to visit again? That's it. Like a child that gets the best toy in the world!
Most of all I like to meet different people, from different places in the world. People that behave so differently from me that, in the beginning, it might even make me feel a bit unconfortable. One of the best moments of meeting those different people is the precise second in which that weird uncomfortableness vanishes, because you unconsciously understand that those behaviours are not good nor bad, they are just different, and that is precisely why they're adding a lot to your life experience.
I have a master's degree in law and work as an advisor to a State Supreme Court judge, that's what's currently paying my bills. I've also been an attorney at a law firm for a few months and an editorial assistant at a legal publishing house for a couple of years. And I like it very much. But...
What I really love to do is writing fiction. I'm currently working on my third novel (almost done!), and, since I love books more than I care to explain (it's hard to share such a passionate feeling), I've just founded my own small publishing house, so I can participate of other people's dreams of having their stories inked on blank pages.
So, guess this is it. Someone once told me "what we get from life is the life we get". Couldn't agree more. I love to write, and the more we feel, the more we get to know, the best our lines come out from the pen.
You might die tomorrow. Keep it in mind.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Surfing, hosting, taking long walks (or just sitting) while talking about mostly any sort of things. Cups of tea, coffee and drinks are also on the menu, with complimentary nice company.
I've lived in Karl's and Monika's flat in Reykjavík, and then spent a night in Gerardo's studio in Paris. Spent hours and hours talking to Eyþór in a Cafe at Reykjavík and went on a road trip with Bragi (a really nice person and a great CS enthusiast), a Swedish couple and two American guys to south and southeast Iceland (a WOWing experience, by the way). Also walked around Copenhagen and Malmö with Cedrik, the nicest Dane I ever met.
I've hosted Marco, from Austria, which is one of the coolest and cleverest persons I've had the priviledge to meet (who also spent Christmas with my family).
Surfed Manuel's couch at London, and it was awkward to notice that even though we speak the same language (he's Portuguese), it was easier for us to understand each other when speaking English. Great man, Manuel!
That's hard work. It would be easier to say what I'm not interested in.
Music, Movies, and Books
Lov'em. They're a great expression of what people are capable of.
J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, O. Wilde, V. Woolf, Machado, J. K. Rowling, C. Dickens, J. Grisham, I. Kershaw, W. Shirer, S. Huntington, V. Rydeberg, H. Laxness, E. Kárason, S. King (they actually look alike), J. Gardner, J. L. Borges, J. Saramago, J. Cortázar, M. V. Llosa, H. Arendt, E. Hemingway, and so on.
Beethoven, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash, Sigur Rós (bring their music within my very soul), Mogwai, Steindór Andersen, Alanis, Nick Drake, Chico, Nara Leao, Elis, Jorge Ben Jor, Manu Chao, Nirvana, Kings of Convenience, Rolling Stones, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, and also Sarah Vaughan. Dylan, Queen, The Police, Bowie and The Doors. Rush for the drums, Jimmy Hendrix for the guitar. All the good Samba from Rio and all the best Bossa Nova, mainly from Joao Gilberto, who is 80 and still kicking asses with just a classic guitar and a stool and that splendid voice.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I've seen northern lights over Reykjavík. I can die in peace, now.
Teach, Learn, Share
I love words, and learning new languages, and luckily I'm a fast language learner. Þjóðarbókhlaðan is the hardest and most unpronounceable word on Earth if you are not an Icelander. I can teach you Portuguese, and, if you do not speak English, that as well (though obviously not as good as Portuguese :). If you like the history of the II World War, Norse Mythology and Viking History, you are more than welcome to talk about it, I've studied it quite a lot. I love cooking and washing the dishes after that can be very entertaining if there's someone around to talk to. I wish I could teach you to do something really nice like some sort of handcraft or something like that, but I grew up with books all around, so mostly what I can teach you I learned from them. Maybe how to sleep with several books around and not ruin its pages :)
Countries I’ve Visited
Denmark, France, Iceland, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela
Countries I’ve Lived In
Brazil, Iceland, United States