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Just like you, I am made of stories. So let me tell you one. I was born in the Heel of Italy during that hot summer '82. Damn! I almost died but for some reasons (still unknown) I'm still here enjoying that gift as much as I can.
Growing up I've been adopted from the rest of the world and became addicted to writing, music, cinema, architecture, photography and the world's diversity. Along the way, I came to the conclusion that what makes me feel alive, part of mankind, is to Travel: that's my religion and path to self-discovery.
Dick: What? You got into a fight?
Dick: With who?
Allan: Some guys were getting tough with Julie. I had to teach them a lesson.
Dick: Are you all right?
Allan: Yeah, I'm fine. I snapped my chin down onto some guy's fist and hit another one in the knee with my nose.
(from "Play it again, Sam" by Woody Allen)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I assume we respect each other. I assume we can learn something from each other sharing who we are. I assume people are like roads in waiting for crossroads.
movies + music + the making of wine + books that teach me something + photography + markets&antiques + writing + cooking, mostly Italian food + live events&concerts + tennis + football + nba + formula1 + traveling traveling traveling + eating quality food + borderlines + I love planning + sculptures + art + I love maps + I'm totally into cars + I sketch and take notes all the time + exhibitions, art galleries, museums
Music, Movies, and Books
MUSIC / Active Child - Lissie - Radiohead - Pink Floyd - Ben Harper - Damien Rice - Vinicio Capossela - Jeff Buckley - Jimi Hendrix - The Strokes - Franz Ferdinand - Deus - Foo Fighters - John Coltrane - Ivan Segreto - Muse - Air - Lali Puna - Deep Purple - Kurt Vile - Buena Vista Social Club - Cake - Charles Mingus - Fleetwood Mac - Dire Straits - Ennio Morricone - Goldfrapp - Gotan Project - Interpol - Kings of leon - Led Zeppelin - Massive Attack - Portishead - Nouvelle Vague - Placebo - Queen - Jack White - The Beatles - The White Stripes - REM - Stereophonics - Gian Maria Testa - Band of Skulls - The Good the Bad and the Queen - Arcade Fire - The Kills - The Veils - Yeah Yeah Yeahs - The National (...)
MOVIES / Coppola. Allen. Kubrik. Anderson. Pollock. Coen Bros. Soderbergh. Eastwood. Forman. Spielberg. Stone. Clooney. Minghella. Fincher. Singer. Scorsese. Niccol. Zemeckis. Mann. Weir. Besson. Nolan. Gilliam. Demme. De Palma. Miller. Scott. Polanski. Leone. Tornatore. Fellini. Antonioni. Totò. Chaplin. Keaton. Reitman. Malick. Tarantino. Truffaut. Kurosawa. Bergman. Hitchkok. Welles. Godard. Jarmush. Lynch. Almodòvar. Jeunet.
BOOKS / Guns, germs and steel (Diamond) - The Devil's Cup (Allen) - Breakfast with Socrates (Smith) - High Fidelity (Hornby) - The Element (Robinson) - The Tipping Point (Gladwell) - On the road (Kerouac) - Ask to dust (Fante) - Pulp (Bukowsky) - The Idiot (Dostoevsky) - La fine è il mio inizio (Terzani) - Survivor (Palakniuk) - Zen in the art of writing (Bradbury) - Geography of Time (Levine) - The creative habit (Tharp) - The antidote (Burkeman) - Predictably Irrational (Ariely) - Wisdom of Insecurity (Watts) - The Ego trick (Baggini) - Wired for culture (Pagel) - Free (Anderson) - How to stay sane (Perry) - The geography of thought (Nisbett) (...)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Param the wind blowing Jeju Island. The sun hiding behind Angkor Wat's towers. Humphrey Bogart looking in the eyes of Ingrid Bergman in 'Casablanca'. Tears at my first Radiohead concert in the Arena di Verona. Radiohead. The shrine in Miyajima between the Ocean and japanese hills. Bukowski, Capossela and Terzani when they point out how laughable are our little lives. The sound and the smell of coffee in the morning. All that good music which saved me every day. Marlon Brando in 'The Godfather'. The sunset in the Ocean of Cadiz. The sound of a Ferrari engine. The tree-boat in front of Dalì's house in Port Ligat. Eat sushi in Tsukiji fish market. My typewriter Lettera 22. The opening scene of 'The Blues Brothers'. You, when you make me feel part of your life. The Cappella Sistina in Rome. Having friends living in Venice. Totò and Alberto Sordi eating spaghetti. Every single note made by Ennio Morricone. All the sculptures of Antonio Canova and Michelangelo. The unexpected calls. Marcello Mastroianni, whatever he's playing. Sitting in Ronchamp's chapel by Le Corbusier. Listening to the cracks of glaciers in Patagonia. My niece smiling to me. My brother and my sister. Swimming with plankton nearby Krabi.
Teach, Learn, Share
I also travel the world meeting artisans, check it out: http://survivinghands.com
What I Can Share with Hosts
A warm hug. Honesty, respect and humour at all times. A good cooked Italian meal, good company for drinks and conversations. Oh, of course my own stories. PS: I expect the host to do the same too!
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Macao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Italy, Malaysia, Thailand