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Hello! I’m Rafael, or simply Raf or Rafa.
I’m a gay, open-minded, independent, extroverted, spontaneous and (most importantly) ethical person. I’ve lived in Rio and the UK before (Btw, I love brits, I swear, they’re the nicest people). I love traveling around Brazil and Europe. I also plan to travel to Asia soon. I’ve been to 10 countries so far and hope I can visit many more. I’m an ordinary person. I guess that doesn’t sound great, specially in CS, where you’re supposed to sell yourself as this super interesting person, but I do have a lot to offer, I believe we all do. I don’t think you need to be good looking or speak multiple languages to be interesting at all. That said, I’m open to meet anyone, I don’t care about your age, gender, sexual preference or skin color. As long as you’re open-minded we’ll get along great. I can host, meet or surf in your couch, if you’ll have me. We could cook together, go places, talk about anything, go for a drink (or several), and maybe if we hit it off, we could even travel together someday. If you welcome me into your home, you’ll forever have a place in mine, wherever that may be.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Life’s short, it really is, so for every day off or vacation I get, I’ve decided to travel and experience life to the fullest. I don’t travel to visit museums or landmarks, I find that most of those experiences don’t really stay with me. I’d much rather walk around, just go out and walk, explore, eat at a local restaurant, go to a bar, even shopping in the local supermarket amuses me, as trivial as that may be. I like to experience the local life while I’m abroad, if that makes sense. To me Couchsurfing is not just about a free accommodation and saving money and I guess if you’re using it for that sole purpose you’re missing out. The best memories I have are of the people I’ve met, the unexpected places I got to go that I couldn’t have imagined going if someone hadn’t shown me. I do love to learn how local people think, what’s their life like. And by saying this in no way I want you to think that you have to show me around, go out with me and introduce me to everything, I would never expect or impose something like that, it would be nice, but I’m sure whatever exchange we have will be worth it.
- lgbt rights
- urban exploration
- night walks
- nature walks
Music, Movies, and Books
I’m into all sorts of music, it depends on the mood. I like electronic in general, techno, jazz, pop, chillout, alternative, house, r&b etc. Some of my favorite artists are Robyn, Fiona Apple, Nina Simone, Gaga, SZA, Lykke Li and Tame Impala.
I love films with strong female leads, horror, suspense, drama. Some of my favorites are: Black Swan, Blue Jasmine, Amour, The Witch, Nocturnal Animals, Another Woman, Fargo, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, just to name a few.
What I Can Share with Hosts
A friendship, a great company, laughs, deep conversations, a drink (or some) and a lot of respect and empathy.
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain
Countries I’ve Lived In
Brazil, United Kingdom