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I believe more in the concept of community than in the idea of a traditional family, but as i age i've been growing a bit more flexible about the latter. I want to make it through life without owning a car, but i used to own 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 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 tend to enjoy experiences much more than i enjoy 'stuff.'
I'm a member of Giving What We Can (https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/), and every year i donate 10% of my gross income to the best charity i can find. I believe this is one of the most effective ways in which i can empower the less privileged. This year the money went to Give Directly (https://givedirectly.org/). Next year it is likely going to the Against Malaria Foundation (https://www.againstmalaria.com/), in response to charity evaluator Give Well's recommendations (http://www.givewell.org/). I'm always very excited to talk about this :-D
There are a few different versions of me around the web. Here's a partial list:
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
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.
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, and Books
These are not necessarily my all-time favorites, but rather what i've been up to at around the time i last updated this profile:
Music: Dream Theater; Periphery; The Contortionist; TesseracT; Skyharbor; Magma.
Movies: Ex Machina (2015)
Books: Sum: Forty Tales from The Afterlives (David Eagleman); Islam And The Future of Tolerance (Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz); On Intelligence (Jeff Hawkins)
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 just above 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 --- hopefully next spring!
Teach, Learn, Share
If you don't already practice it, 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 you're excited to tell me about. I can also teach you how to open an avocado, break 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, and how to compassionately and productively express your frustration :-)
If you'd like, i could 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, Finland, Germany, Malaysia, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland
Countries I’ve Lived In
Brazil, Denmark, United States