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"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving", Lao Tzu
I love LIFE!I love CS!I love hosting PEOPLE with every fiber of my being. I have more passion than almost anyone you will meet. The only problem that I have with couchsurfing, is that I keep falling in love with other CSurfers. Not in a sexual sort of way, just in a "W W A A A W P" (WOW What An Amazing And Wonderful Person). I want to spend 10 more hours with him/her sort of way. And then, in a day, or a week, they are out of my life BUT FOREVER in MY MIND, in MY SOUL, in MY HEART. My Project Andrej Sala, Aug '08 - Riga (Latvia)Milano, Duomo Square - 2009################################Moved from Taormina (sicily) when i was 18 y old for university in Trento (sociology) and after in Milano where i live from about 25 years.I worked as "Information security manager" in a public company. Now i switched to Marketing Department with the responsability of "Corporate Image & Communication".I really LOVE to photograph (on my web sites www.effemeridi.it or picasaweb.google.com/My.Digital.Identity there are a lot of photos made by me), to write (some short novels) and to cook.I love to travel. Since I can't do it as often as I would like it's great to meet travelers in my house and talk and exchange ideas and views on many things!"Hosting" is in my DNA [ I am a South-Italy born man ;-) ] . Here, my travel map till now: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/m/ef91d/Here, my Guest's Countries till now: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/m/f3a78/World Visitor Map
I am not a lazy man ... i am a "slow man".
This is my "manifesto":
"There is a secret bond between slowness and memory, between speed and forgetting. Consider this utterly commonplace situation: a man is walking down the street. At a certain moment, he tries to recall something, but the recollection escapes him. Automatically, he slows down. Meanwhile, a person who wants to forget a disagreeable incident he has just lived through starts unconsciously to speed up his pace, as if he were trying to distance himself from a thing still too close to him in time.
In existential mathematics, that experience takes the form of two basic equations: the degree of slowness is directly proportional to the intensity of memory; the degree of speed is directly proportional to the intensity of forgetting."
Milan KUNDERA, Slowness
"C'e' un legame segreto fra lentezza e memoria, fra velocita' e oblio. Prendiamo una situazione delle piu' banali: un uomo cammina per la strada. A un tratto cerca di ricordare qualcosa, che pero' gli sfugge. Allora, istintivamente, rallenta il passo. Chi invece vuole dimenticare un evento penoso appena vissuto accelera inconsapevolmente la sua andatura, come per allontanarsi da qualcosa che sente ancora troppo vicino a se' nel tempo.
Nella matematica esistenziale questa esperienza assume la forma di due equazioni elementari: il grado di lentezza e' direttamente proporzionale alla intensita' della memoria; il grado di velocita' e' direttamente proporzionata alla intensita' dell oblio."
Milan KUNDERA, La Lentezza, Adelphi, 1995
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
This is my NEW baby ;-))The Major CS Events WorldWide Calendar Joined CS in feb 2007 and i am one of the TOP Host in Italy (as you can read in the stastic below) at my home in Milano, in Sicily and, even, in Riga (while i was traveling there). Country Ambassador for Italy from september 2007 till 15 January 2011 when the "old hierarchic" system was dismissed In the "CouchSearch" worldwide, ordered by "experience", i am @ 6th position..It is also very very funny that in the first 9 positions there are 3 italians (Me, Massimo and Filippo): all of us we were born in Sicily!!! "Mentor" for 2 new City Ambassadors (one italian and one polish). Signed more then 250 groups and posted more then 3.000 posts. Organized 77 Meetings (mostly in Italy but, also, someone around Europe). Group Moderator in 19 groups with more then 46.800 members. I participate regularly to some meetings around europe and i have a "good" network of CS friend worldwide. I usually spend more then 3 hours/day in CS, and i had a lot of interviews about CS for newspapers and television. http://www.effemeridi.it/CS/Media.htm I'm in some CS Organization teams:PR Europe - http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=10779Joined: may(2008)Role: Team(leader)Job: Coordinator for Europe Media CUQ.PR Media CUQ - http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=10783Joined: may(2008)Role: Member()Job: Media CUQ.Media Response Team - http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=6210Joined: jun(2009)Role: Member()Job: Media CUQ.New Member Welcome - http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=3581Joined: feb(2008)Role: Member()New Member Welcome Recruiters - http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=19276Joined: may(2009)Role: European Coordinator for Bulgaria, Chypria, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania & Spain.Job: Recruiting(New Greeters)Event Message Approval - http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=6485Joined: dec 2007Role: MemberJob: Events approval (Mostly Italian events) MAIN MEETINGS I have organized and/or I have joined 2013 #121 - Riga Good Times VI! #120 - CS Milan Carnival party 2013-International Afternoon, #119 - CS Milan Carnival party 2013 - Evening Main Event - 16th february
CS Milan Carnival party 2013 - Evening Main Event - 16th february, #118 - CS Milan Carnival party 2013 - Foam Battle #117 - CS Milan Carnival party 2013 - 15th-17th february (new event) #116 - CS Milan Carnival party 2013 - Welcome Aperitivo 2012 #115 - 4 things 4 Xmas! - Last CS Xmas Potluck + Gift Exchange+ Party #114 - Riga Cool Times #113 - Riga Cool Times #112 - Last Minute APE #111 - Sushi AYCE (all you can eat) #110 - Six With MI - The EVENT! #109 - Six With MI - Flash Mob (S) #108 - Six With MI - Farewell Picnic #107 - Six With MI - Main Party #106 - Six With MI - The Legendary Tram Party #105 - Six With MI - Friday's Perty - Low cost night #104 - Six With MI - Friday's Aperitivo #103 - Six With MI - Welcome Aperitivo #102 - Sushi AYCE (all you can eat) #101 - Piazza Mercanti invasion! #100 - 17th aug-Survirors @ MI "II edition" - The revenge #99 - 15th August 2012 - Milano's Survivors Meeting, #98 - The 5th annual Riga Good Times!!! #97 - Pre-RGT CS meeting on Wednesday 30.05. in Mad hous #96 - CS Milan conquers Italia Beer Festival! #95 - Farewell Aperitivo at Jackals #94 - CS Carnival Party 2012 - Sunday Chill Out Meeting #93 - CS Carnival Party 2012 - THE LAST CARNIVAL 2011 #92 - CS Milano Xmas Wishes 2011 #91 - Morbegno in Cantina 2011 -2nd of October 2011 #90 - Give Mi 5! - PhotoMarathon #89 - Give Mi 5! #88 - YAMA: Yes, Another Milanese Aperitivo #87 - Farewell Party - Festa di Partenza #86 - CS Milano Video Shooting for Give Mi 5 #85 - The night of falling stars - 2011 Third edition #84 - 5 yrs in CS! More than Mau! ;) #83 - CS picnic Milan 2011 #82 - The 4th annual Riga Good Times! #81 - Welcome the New Members PicNic - April Edition #80 - CS Carnival Party 2011 - SOLD OUT!! - #79 - Pre-party Welcome Aperitivo #78 - My 4th CSurfing Bday #77 - 28/01/2011 - Aperitivo or just GREAT time with friends ;) 2010 #76 - 17/12/2010 - Xmas wishes 2010 - Date: Dec 17 @ Milano #75 - 31/10/2010 - All Saints' Party - Date: Oct 31 @ Milano #74 - 24/10/2010 - Mangia la foglia - Eat the leaves - Date: Oct 24 @ Milano #73 - 10/10/2010 - Morbegno in Cantina 2010! - Date: Oct 10 @ Morbegno #72 - 25/09/2010 - NIGHT GEO SESSIONS @ SILLOUT - Date: Sep 25 @ Milano #71 - Sat 28/08 500 GUESTS :) - Date: Aug 28 @ Milano #70 - Sat 21/08 My liver's farewell pre-party :) - Date: Aug 21 - Aug 22 @ San Giuliano Milanese #69 - The night of falling stars - 2010 Second edition - Date: Aug 12 - Aug 13 @ Stresa #68 - Pic-nic at Porta Venezia's Park - Date: Aug 1 @ Milano #67 - Picnic in Milan park - Date: Jun 6 @ Milano #66 - MOJITO Party in Riga !!!! - Date: May 31 - Jun 1 @ Riga #65 - Riga Good Times 2010 - Date: May 27 - May 30 @ Riga #64 - Photography - mini course - Date: May 12 @ Milano #63 - Welcome the New Members Potluck! - Date: May 2 @ Milano #62 - CS won the Wake UP! Award, let's celebrate it!! - Date: Mar 12 @ Milano #61 - Welcome the New Members Aperitivo - Date: Mar 6 @ Milano #60 - Meeting in Lugano - Date: Jan 15 @ Lugano 2009 #59 - NYE Party in Milano - Date: Dec 31, 2009 - Jan 1 @ Milano #58 - Christmas Wishes 2009 - Date: Dec 11, 2009 - Dec 12, 2009 @ Milano #57 - Aperitivo in Lugano :) - Date: Nov 18, 2009 @ Lugano #56 - 400th Guests - Date: Oct 24, 2009 - Oct 25, 2009 @ Milano #55 - Baggio town folk festival - Date: Oct 17, 2009 - Oct 18, 2009 @ Milano #54 - MI TRIp - The 3rd Anniversary of Milan CS Group - Date: Oct 2, 2009 - Oct 4, 2009 @ Milano #53 - Drink @ Jakob style - Welcome Back Tyrolean Eagle - Date: Aug 22, 2009 - Aug 23, 2009 @ Milano #52 - The night of falling stars - Date: Aug 12, 2009 - Aug 13, 2009 @ Varese #51 - SUMMER APERITIVO - Date: Jul 29, 2009 @ Milano #50 - Picknick in Milan (2009) - Date: Jul 18, 2009 @ Milano #49 - CouchSurfing Paella Weekend 2009 & Wedding Party - Date: Jul 10, 2009 - Jul 13, 2009 @ Gossau #48 - Elsa's birthday and CS Summer Party!!! - Date: Jun 20, 2009 - Jun 21, 2009 @ Milano #47 - 1st Kraków International CS Gathering - 22-24th of May 2009 - Date: May 22, 2009 - May 24, 2009 @ Krakow #46 - GOOD BYE TO MILAN @ FRIDA CAFÈ - Date: May 9, 2009 - May 10, 2009 @ Milano #45 - lunch on the hills! - Date: Apr 4, 2009 @ Bologna #44 - The already traditional CS Milan Picnic - MMM Edition - Date: Mar 29, 2009 @ Milano #43 - MMM - Million Member Milan Party - Date: Mar 28, 2009 - Mar 29, 2009 @ Milano #42 - TRAM PARTY II - THE REVENGE - Date: Mar 28, 2009 @ Milano #41 - A Million Hugs !!! - Date: Mar 28, 2009 @ Milano #40 - Welcome evening @ Frida Cafè - Date: Mar 27, 2009 - Mar 28, 2009 @ Milano #39 - MMM-North Italy Million Member March Party - Date: Mar 27, 2009 - Mar 29, 2009 @ Milano #38 - MMM Event (Million Member March)+United Europe Birthdays Meeting - Date: Mar 14, 2009 - Mar 15, 2009 @ Milano #37 - 02 - ONE MILLION HUGS - Date: Mar 14, 2009 @ Milano #36 - mau too - Date: Feb 7, 2009 @ Milano #35 - Where are all my friends? - Part 2 the REVENGE - Date: Jan 26, 2009 - Jan 27, 2009 @ Riga #34 - Chocolate Girls&Boys (second coming) - Date: Jan 23, 2009 - Jan 25, 2009 @ Tampere #33 - Chocolate Girls&Boys Get Together @ Tabu - Date: Jan 23, 2009 @ Tampere 2008 #32 - Sicily Invasion - Crossing the border - NYE Party in Taormina - Date: Dec 31, 2008 - Jan 1, 2009 @ Taormina #31 - CS Christmas Party[& Elsa and Roberto Farewell party] - Date: Dec 12, 2008 - Dec 13, 2008 @ Milano #30 - FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2008 - Date: Dec 5, 2008 - Dec 7, 2008 @ Lyon #29 - Sushi All'osteria II - The Turineis Strikes Back! - Date: Nov 23, 2008 @ Milano #28 - AMBCS - Another Meeting Branded Couch Surfing - Date: Nov 22, 2008 - Nov 23, 2008 @ Milano #27 - Nice to meet you - Date: Nov 7, 2008 @ Udine #26 - i would like to meet you - Date: Nov 6, 2008 - Nov 7, 2008 @ Rimini #25 - Happy 2nd Birthday Milano Cs!! - Date: Sep 26, 2008 - Sep 30, 2008 @ Milano #24 - Welcome SUPERYAMI - Milano loves you!!! - Date: Aug 19, 2008 - Aug 20, 2008Milano #23 - Where are all my friends???? #22 - Looking for GUESTS (yes GUESTS and not hosts #21 - CouchSurfing Paella 2008 - Date: Jul 5, 2008 - Jul 7, 2008 @ Gossau #20 - Tina in Milan!! Aperitivo and after aperitivo!!! - Date: Jun 20, 2008 @ Milano #19 - 1st International CS Day & PreSummer have a nice trip #18 - International CS Day -- >>PINS - Date: Jun 12, 2008 @ Milano #17 - Bremen CS/HC/BW endOfMonthMeetup in May 2008 - Date: May 30, 2008 @ Bremen #16 - Farewell Party - Marta & Angel - Date: May 24, 2008 - May 25, 2008 @ Milano #15 - Aperitivo Event and Birthdays at Ciu's in Milan - Date: Mar 29, 2008 @ Milano #14 - Back to Latvia - Date: Mar 22, 2008 @ Riga #13 - BCN - Counter-invasion And Milano's Heroes are READY del - Date: Mar 12, 2008 @ Milano #12 - Maurizio's CS Birthday - ONE YEAR - Date: Feb 9, 2008 @ Porto #11 - Calçotada power!! - Date: Jan 26, 2008 @ Barcelona #10 - ITALIAN INVASION ROUND 2: BCN!!! - Date: Jan 24, 2008 - Jan 28, 2008 @ Barcelona 2007 #9 - NYE in Milan @ Andrea's place contact MEMU or ILPAGURO 4infos - Date: Dec 31, 2007 - Jan 1, 2008 @ Milano #8 - CS Padova Christmas Aperitive - Date: Dec 19, 2007 - Dec 20, 2007 @ Padova #7 - APE (Aperitivo Per Empatici) - Date: Dec 15, 2007 - Dec 16, 2007 @ Milano #6 - Festival of light 2007 - Date: Dec 6, 2007 - Dec 9, 2007 @ Lyon #5 - BREMEN NEEDS HEROES!! (so, Milan's Heroes are invading Bremen!) - Date: Nov 24, 2007 - Nov 26, 2007 @ Bremen #4 - Happy Birthday Milano Cs!! The after-picnic - Date: Sep 30, 2007 - Oct 1, 2007 @ Milano #3 - Happy Birthday Milano Cs!! Meeting/picnic - Date: Sep 30, 2007 - Oct 1, 2007 @ Milano #2 - CS@Praga-20 August - Date: Aug 20, 2007 @ Prague #1 - Vilnius August meeting! 17August - Date: Aug 18, 2007 @ Vilnius
I had 697 unique guests till now (i didn't count who comes for more than one time) from 74 differents countries (Total nights: 2513 !!!)my last 50's Guests 07/09/2013-Klaudyna(#697)(Poland)07/09/2013-Alicja(#696)(Poland)04/09/2013-AnnaL(#695)(New Zealand)02/09/2013-Katrina(#694)(Czech Republic)30/08/2013-Narumi(#693)(Japan)30/08/2013-Asako(#692)(Japan)20/08/2013-Olga(#691)(Russia)16/08/2013-Sigita(#690)(Latvia)16/08/2013-Rita(#689)(Latvia)16/08/2013-Liga(#688)(Latvia)16/08/2013-Ance(#687)(Latvia)13/08/2013-Regina(#686)(Russia)13/08/2013-Jana(#685)(Slovakia)13/08/2013-Ekaterina(#684)(Russia)13/08/2013-Ekaterima(#683)(Russia)13/08/2013-Dina(#682)(Russia)07/08/2013-Sarah(#681)(Portugal)07/08/2013-Miriam(#680)(Portugal)07/08/2013-Maria(#679)(Portugal)02/08/2013-Vanesa(#678)(Argentina)01/08/2013-Sissi(#677)(China)30/07/2013-Natalie(#676)(Russia)30/07/2013-Alevtina(#675)(Russia)26/07/2013-Ksenia(#674)(Russia)26/07/2013-Anna(#673)(Russia)18/07/2013-Marina(#672)(Ukraine)05/07/2013-Yulia(#671)(Bielorussia)05/07/2013-Sasha(#670)(Bielorussia)04/07/2013-Margaux(#669)(France)04/07/2013-Charlotte(#668)(France)23/06/2013-Katerina(#667)(Russia)21/06/2013-Matylda(#666)(Poland)14/06/2013-Camilla(#665)(Iran)31/05/2013-Katy(#664)(United Kingdom)31/05/2013-Indian(#663)(India)15/05/2013-Maria(#662)(Russia)15/05/2013-Julia(#661)(Russia)10/05/2013-Elza(#660)(Latvia)02/05/2013-Lenochka(#659)(Ukraine)28/04/2013-Agata(#658)(Poland)25/04/2013-Sasha(#657)(Russia)15/04/2013-Sarah(#656)(Belgium)14/04/2013-Olga(#655)(Latvia)09/04/2013-Agnieska Z(#654)(Poland)07/04/2013-Oksana(#653)(Russia)07/04/2013-Irina(#652)(Russia)06/04/2013-Salina(#651)(Hong Kong)22/03/2013-Jana(#650)(Czech Republic)21/03/2013-Valeria(#649)(Italy)18/03/2013-Kary(#648)(Brazil)Go here for the FULL list inGo here for the FULL list inGo here for the full list in(sorted by # of guests) # 1 --> 108 guests from Latvia (Total # of nights: 507) # 2 --> 74 guests from Russia (Total # of nights: 282) # 3 --> 55 guests from Italy (Total # of nights: 503) # 4 --> 47 guests from Poland (Total # of nights: 168) # 5 --> 43 guests from France (Total # of nights: 98) # 6 --> 31 guests from Germany (Total # of nights: 73) # 7 --> 22 guests from Lithuania (Total # of nights: 106) # 8 --> 21 guests from Swiss (Total # of nights: 41) # 9 --> 20 guests from Brazil (Total # of nights: 37) # 10 --> 17 guests from Turkey (Total # of nights: 35) # 11 --> 16 guests from Ukraine (Total # of nights: 53) # 12 --> 15 guests from Estonia (Total # of nights: 49) # 13 --> 13 guests from Austria (Total # of nights: 47) # 14 --> 12 guests from Slovakia (Total # of nights: 58) # 15 --> 12 guests from Finland (Total # of nights: 26) # 16 --> 9 guests from Belgium (Total # of nights: 23) # 17 --> 9 guests from China (Total # of nights: 18) # 18 --> 9 guests from Portugal (Total # of nights: 17) # 19 --> 8 guests from Czech Republic (Total # of nights: 18) # 20 --> 7 guests from Japan (Total # of nights: 21) # 21 --> 7 guests from Canada (Total # of nights: 20) # 22 --> 7 guests from USA-California (Total # of nights: 15) # 23 --> 7 guests from United Kingdom (Total # of nights: 14) # 24 --> 7 guests from Singapore (Total # of nights: 12) # 25 --> 6 guests from Greece (Total # of nights: 17)Go here for the FULL LIST Athens (Greece) @ Olga Barcelona (Spain) @ Juli & Elena Bratislava (Slovakia) @ Michelle Bratislava (Slovakia) @ Veronika Bremen (Germany) @ Jasmin Brunico (Italy) @ Jakob Copenhagen (Denmark) @ Rikke Flora (Norway) @ Lill Gossau (Switzerland) @ Vince Graz (Austria) @ Eva Helsinki (Finland) @ Willemine Kristiansand (Norway) @ Sigrid Lyon (France) @ Karin Palermo (Italy) @ Filippo Porto (Portugal) @ Judite Riga (Latvia) @ Elina Riga (Latvia) @ Vivita Rovaniemi (Finland) @ Heydi St. Petesburg (Russia) @ Camilla St. Petesburg (Russia) @ Inna Tampere (Finland) @ Kati Torino (Italy) @ Alessandro Tromso (Norway) @ Rasa & Renatas Trondheim (Norway) @ Kristine Vilnius (Lithuania) @ Laura Vilnius (Lithuania) @ Ruta
Quite a lot as reading, music, movie, chatting, to know new friends and to met peoples.
My REALLY passion is to photograph (landscape, peoples, and, mostly KIDs) and, after, to write (short novels and Fairy tales) and to cook.
Photography and Video:
My Photo Web Site My YouTube Channel Some Other PhotosMedia Section Milano FREZEENYE Party VIDEO BCN Invasion VIDEO CouchSurfing Ambassador 'Forgot fucking passport' (AMAZING VIDEO not mine)
Music, Movies, and Books
"Il piccolo principe" Antoine de saint exupery
(here you can find it in a lot of differents languages: http://www.odaha.com/littleprince.php)
"Lettere alla fidanzata" Luis Sepulveda
"Lo zen e l'arte della manutenzione della motocicletta" R. Pirsig
"La lentezza" Milan Kundera
"La frontiera scomparsa" Luis Sepulveda
"L'uomo senza qualità" Robert Musil
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
1) I had touched my friend's pregnant belly and "felt" the baby moving inside
2) I spent one night in "lavezzi island" (Sardinia) on sailing boat. I was lay-down in the night on the top of the boat and i saw one thousand million's stars in the sky
3) I heard the "REAL" silence in the sahara desert
4) In Sicily (where i was born) i went to ski on Etna Vulcano and, in the same day, after ski, i went to diving to the sea.
Teach, Learn, Share
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And I want to Learn.. And i want to Share...
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Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Italy, Japan, Russian Federation