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I am a post-graduate student at the University of Cape Town studying Economic History. I did my first degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies. I am an easy going and friendly South African of Italian origin. I am excited about meeting new people and about learning new things. I am very passionate about the things that interest me – Italian language and culture, cooking, painting, reading and learning. I am always interested in hearing the stories of other people. I am always open to new experiences and new ways of looking at the world. I hope I will be able to make the most of my experience through Couchsurfing.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I am excited to meet new people and experience different cultures through both hosting and being hosted. I have met some of the most incredible people and some of my best friends through Couchsurfing. I never cease to be blown away by the kindness and generosity that couchsurfers show to complete strangers.
Have so far had only amazing experiences, both hosting and being hosted.
I am extremely lucky to be studying the things that interest me most - philosophy, religious studies and history. I am passionate about all things Italian.
I love to be physically active - especially running, climbing and hiking. I feel at home in nature.
My favourite indulgence is reading. I am especially enthusiastic about the classics of western literature, in particular twentieth century literature. My favourite author is Italo Calvino. I read a lot of non-fiction too.
I love meeting new people and learning from the experiences of others.
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, Brian Eno, David Byrne, Rolling Stones, St Vincent, Pino Daniele, Pavarotti, Dire Straits, R.E.M., Battisti, Radiohead, Francesco de Gregori. South African Township Jazz.
Movies: Pasolini above all. Also Rossellini, Fellini, De Sica. Totò is a genius. The Lives of Others. Life is Beautiful. The Coen brother's films. Spaghetti Westerns. Apocalypse Now. Scorsese's films. Tarantino and Guy Richie are fun.
Books: Italo Calvino. Umberto Eco. Giorgio Bassani. Dario Fo. Jose Saramago. George Orwell. Oscar Wilde. Aldous Huxley. Joseph Heller. F. Scott Fitzgerald. Dino Buzzati.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Backpacking in the Drakensberg Mountains, the Dolomites and Yosemite. Rock climbing around South Africa.
Teach, Learn, Share
I am always very interested to learn about the history and culture of other people and nations, who have a history different from my own.
I am happy to share any knowledge I have about my own culture, personal history and amazing and troubled country South Africa.
I am passionate about cooking, so am always excited to learn and share in the kitchen.
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Germany, Italy, Namibia, Poland, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
South Africa, United States