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Michael de Freitas

Copenhagen, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark

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Overview

  • 46 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Portuguese; learning Danish, French, Spanish
  • 30, Other
  • Member since 2010
  • Mathematician, effective altruist, a...
  • Objetivo 913 Sul; Universidade de Br...
  • From Brasilia, DF, Brazil (born and raised)
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

A stranger is a friend you haven't met yet.

ABOUT ME

I think my best friends would say I'm an honest, authentic, spontaneous, jerk.

I believe more in the concept of community than in the idea of a traditional family, but as I age I've been growing flexible about the latter. I want to make it through life without owning a car, but I've owned a 250cc motorcycle for a couple of years.

My opinions about things tend to change as I learn more about them, but I also tend to be pretty passionate about my current beliefs, and I will give you a hard time challenging yours.

I'm low maintenance, eat and drink what I'm offered, use the same clothes for a dozen years, and I tend to enjoy experiences much more than I enjoy stuff.

I'm a member of Giving What We Can, and every year I donate 10% of my gross income to the best charity I can find. This year the money went to Give Directly. I'm always very excited to talk about this :-D

PHILOSOPHY

"Be the change you want to see in the world." (Mahatma Gandhi)

"[Love your enemy, share your stuff]." (Jesus)

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Making my couch available for travelers, visitors, people who recently arrived in town, or people who are leaving town as well; meeting up for coffee or drinks with fellow surfers in the area; hanging out with the local Couchsurfing community wherever I travel.

I grew up with my grandparents and one of my most remarkable memories is that of always having "strangers" in the house. Their doors would be always open for an extended family member from the countryside who was moving into town and needed a place to stay until they settled down, or the son/daughter of a friend who was coming to take an exam, or for a job interview, and could not afford a hotel. Sometimes they were open to complete strangers as well. Probably because of that, it just feels weird and empty when my lounge is not messy with someone's traveling bag open at the corner and an undone couch. I just love hosting people. It comes very naturally to me.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Unofficially, I've "couchsurfed" since I started traveling by myself in my mid-teens, and I've hosted since my early twenties, when I moved out of my grandparents' house. I actually learned about Couchsurfing from one such "unofficial" guests in 2010. That's when I joined the website, which has then provided me with a venue for surfing or hosting more frequently and systematically.

Interests

Spirituality, music, mathematics, biology, bicycles, and their relationship to the meaning of life. I can spend as much time as you'd like to talking about any of those things. Mathematics is my mindset, music is what grounds me in the abstract (I love oxymorons, by the way), biology and the stuff of life keep me curious, bicycles take me back and forth from one to another, and spirituality is the umbrella under which I fit all life experiences. But, to be honest, I'm interested in pretty much anything. I'm a beginner juggler, magician, speaker of several languages; jack of all trades, master of none.

Music, Movies & Books

These are not necessarily my all time favorites, but rather what I've been up to lately.

Music: Dream Theater (always on the list!); The Aristocrats; Travis Larson Band; Jordan Rudess.

Movies: sadly, not so many, as of late.

Books: Getting Things Done (David Allen); Everything Is Obvious: Once You Know the Answer (Duncan J. Watts); The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Nassim Nicholas Taleb).

One Amazing Thing I've Done

One of the most amazing things I've ever done was climbing the Wheeler Peak, in New Mexico, in August 2010. The wind, the unbelievably clear view, and the awesome feeling of accomplishment at 4000m were all just priceless!

But if you'd like to hear about an experience which has dramatically changed me, I'd go with skydiving! I finally managed to do my first tandem jump in October 2011, after wishing for such an experience since I was a little kid. Skydiving is something I think everybody should do at least once in their lives. The first half a second is impossible to describe, you have to feel it; the free fall part is a blast; and gliding after deployment is one of the best sensations ever! I'm going for a license to jump solo as soon as I can prioritize the time.

Teach, Learn, Share

If you don't already, I can teach you how to give a mindful hug :-) I can also teach you how to prove a simple Math theorem, and I can, of course, help you practice your Portuguese :-D

I enjoy cooking as a social enterprise. I don't know much about it myself, but you'll have a pair of hands ready to do anything you ask, from cutting the onions to washing the dishes!

Do you know anything about bicycles? If you're available to teach me a few things about it, that would be fantastic!

You get bonus points if you're willing to help me practice my Danish, French or Spanish :-D

What I Can Share With Hosts

A mindful hug, my attention, a good conversation about any topic whatsoever---I'm interested in anything I can ask questions about. I can also teach you how to open an avocado, beak your bicycle using exclusively the front breaks---the safest, most efficient way to do it---, how to make a big difference in the world without much extra effort, how to compassionately and productively express your frustration :-)

If you'd like, I can also bring you something from Copenhagen. Without a specific request, you'll probably get Danish pastries or some other of my favorite treats. Please advise if you have any dietary constrains!

Countries I've Visited

Canada, England, Germany, Malaysia, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden

Countries I've Lived In

Brazil, Denmark, United States

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