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An easy-going Brazilian, I enjoy doing a lot of things (I'd say I'm up to every and anything), talking a lot (you'll notice that, trust me) and meeting new people. I'm not afraid of trying out new stuff - be it food or experiences - or facing changes - the world's too big and too great not to do so. I'm a dog person, but I like animals in general. I can stay up all night talking and also be a party animal when neede, although those days are a bit behind me now. Anyone willing to say something, be it a story or a stupid joke, can do that to me, 'cause I'm curious and eager to know more and more and more. I love reading and talking about it, sharing such a passion of mine. Something easy to see in me is a smile, but sometimes things are to be taken seriously, and I can do that as well, though I prefer laughing (I do enjoy a good belly aching) - even if I have to laugh at myself.
If I had to say it, it'd probably be that life is a journey, never a destination; it's experiencing, it's living - get up and do something about it! And quoting something I've read the other day, "Best of all though, I love life. I love every part of it, even the bad parts".
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
By trying my best to be a great host and also by being a great guest! =) As The Killers say,
"We hope you enjoy your stay
It's good to have you with us
Even if it's just for the day"
And spreading the CS spirit, getting more people to join in and really DO it.
While travelling in Chile, I came across something that sounds absolutely true about CS. When you can't go out and see the world as you'd like to, why not have the world come to you? :)
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Please, don't take me wrong, but messages without an addressee - that is, my name - will be disregarded. It's not about being snobish. It's about rude messaging (that's how I see it) and reading a profile, ok?
Great people, and I can say great friends made, not to mention those who I've "just" had the pleasure to meet and hang out with. When I'm on the road, I try to meet as many people as I can and share laughs and good moments, and any advice I can offer.
And I'm always looking out for more!
(I used to have this really long list of surfers and hosts, but... I got lazy. Yeah.)
Languages and cultures, movies, books (get ready to talk about movies and books for hours!) and meeting new people. Cooking beyond pasta. Board games, especially Monopoly. A true Brazilian when it comes to football: I LOVE it. Photography, just for the fun of it. Drinking games with friends and when meeting people. Internet and communication, but not really social networks. Philosophy, reading it, discussing it and learning people's own. Hiking and watching sunrise and sunset. Hitchhiking to get to places. Listening to, sharing and discovernig music. Writing letters and postcards. Doing volunteer work, especially with kids and elderly people. Laughing at a lot of things, but not being disrespectful. Toys, Lego. Puzzles, crossword puzzles and sudoku. Calvin & Hobbes, Spider-Man, Sin Cty, Watchmen, and comics in general. Collecting things. Reading old letters and notes from time to time. Video games and computer games.
Music, Movies, and Books
MUSIC: good 'ole rock n' roll, from classic rock to indie rock! Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Weezer, Franz Ferdinand, Rolling Stones, Radiohead, The Killers, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Stereophonics, U2, The Hives, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Wolfmother, Los Hermanos, Raimundos, Legião Urbana, Bidê ou Balde, Skank and it goes on and on and on... I'm an audioslave, and you check it out at Last.fm (http://www.lastfm.com.br/user/paulinhosm)
BOOKS: I can read pretty much anything, even medicine prescriptions, so that'd be a passion to me, really! Grande Sertão: Veredas, Brave New World, 1984, Le Petit Prince, Nick Hornby, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, William Faulkner, Philip K. Dick, La Sombra Del Viento, Machado de Assis, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Wuthering Heights, Equus, The Emperor Jones, J.M. Coetzee, Nelson Rodrigues, Clarice Lispector, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Sin City, Robocop vs. Terminator. Charles Dickens, José Saramago, Eça de Queiroz, Fernando Pessoa. Not to mention Spider-Man.
MOVIES: a movie maniac, so staying in on a Saturday night to watch a movie, especially with friends, is not a problem AT ALL. Charlie Kaufman, Almost Famous, Tim Burton, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, American Beauty, The Naked Gun, Pedro Almodovar, Adam Sandler, the Coen brothers, El Hijo de la Novia, Everything Is Illuminated, L'auberge Espagnole, The Matrix, Stranger Than Fiction, Office Space, TLOTR, Alien, Fight Club, There's Something About Mary, Leon, Cidade de Deus, Forrest Gump, The Shining, Guillermo Del Toro, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Quentin Tarantino, (500) Days of Summer, Tropa de Elite.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I've travelled half world to see my favorite band. I've seen my Top 3 bands live. I've met people who, with a sentence, have somehow changed me and my life. I've seen two rivers meet but not mix waters. I've seen people being and been myself genuinelly nice. I've organized prom and graduation. I've fallen in love. I have hitchhikked to cross a country. I've cried in movies, listeing to music or just by watching a sunset. I've been awarded by graduating high school students. I've delivered a lecture on one of my passions, literature. I've seen the sun rise and the sun set. I've been to funerals, but missed my own grandma's one.
I used to have a Top 5 list in here, but I've come to realize that there's much more than that, especially because some of the most amazing things I've done were so small people wouldn't notice them.
Teach, Learn, Share
'Teaching', 'learning' and 'sharing' are all part of something greater: LIVING!
But, yeah, I can teach you how to make some very good caipirinha. I'm not exactly a chef, but I can be left alone in a kitchen, and eventually cook something good. And I also like learning how to cook new dishes.
And swear a lot in Portuguese - I can surely teach you a bunch. I'm also willing to learn how to say "Cheers!" in every possible language, but only through real practice - that is, in a bar.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Experiences, book recommendations, food. The list would be just too long.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, France, Ireland, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela
Countries I’ve Lived In
Brazil, United States