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  • 48 References 28 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Portuguese; learning Danish, French, Spanish
  • 31, Other
  • Member since 2010
  • Mathematician, Nomad, Effective Altruist
  • Rutgers University; Berkleemusic; Universidade de Brasili...
  • From Brasilia, DF, Brazil (born and raised)
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About Me


For that reason, i'm unable to host or meet up in Copenhagen, where i live, but i look forward to meeting some of you along the way! If you're interested, i've been documenting my journey in my blog: www.notmadyet.com :-)


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

I believe more in communities than traditional families, but i've been growing a bit more flexible about the latter as i age. 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 experience and learn more about them, but i also tend to be pretty passionate about my current beliefs --- and, if you're open, 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 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. For the past few years i've chosen to give to Give Directly (https://givedirectly.org/) and the Against Malaria Foundation (https://www.againstmalaria.com/), on account of the recommendations by charity evaluator Give Well (http://www.givewell.org/). I'm always very excited to talk about this topic :-D

There are a few different versions of me around the web. Here's a partial list:
Website/blog: http://www.notmadyet.com
Twitter/Medium: @not_mad_yet
Instagram: @notmadyet
Warm Showers: https://www.warmshowers.org/user/93844

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 simply 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 topics. 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.

  • cooking
  • traveling
  • music
  • hiking
  • skydiving
  • rock climbing
  • biology
  • languages
  • mathematics
  • neuroscience
  • cuddling
  • consciousness
  • bike touring
  • boardgames
  • effective altruism

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: Into The Wild (Jon Krakauer); Into Thin Air (Jon Krakauer); A Jangada de Pedra (José Saramago)

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

We can share 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! I travel a lot with my bicycle, but haven't had much of an opportunity to learn how to fix it beyond the basics :-)

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

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, stop 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 more 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

Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, England, Faroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland

Countries I’ve Lived In

Brazil, Denmark, United States

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