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This is only a protest profile, I'm not hosting any longer on Couchsurfing (aka Cash$eeking) after the project has been sold to private investors cheating from behind on the community and the volunteers. http://www.nithincoca.com/2014/04/06/profit-couchsurfing-failed/
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You can contact me on Bewelcome http://www.bewelcome.org/members/Samuele a better hospitality project than Couchsurfing (if CashSeeking is still about hospitality). Since june 2011, this website has been completely ruined by its leaders, who turned it into a profit organization and completely messed it up. It's time to switch all together to Bewelcome!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Hosting and being hosted, taking part in the local community activities, welcoming new members, meeting people and trying to learn as much as possible from them and their culture.
Mostly I've hosted people here in Pisa, but I've also attended fantastic meetups, sometimes organized kind of last-minute, getting to know travellers and locals as well. I've been hosted even during several trips, in Denmark, Germany, Brazil, Slovakia and Spain.
In an absolute random order:-cooking/traditional, local and organic food;-science;-culture;-philosophy;-religion/lack of religion (atheism, agnosticism and so on);-sports;-statistics and numbers;-literature (especially essays, short stories, novels);-cinema;-theatre (drama);-human nature/antropology;-ecological/environmental sustainability/degrowth;-environment;-travelling;-wine/homebrewery;-agriculture (permaculture, WWOOFing, synergistic gardening);-geography;-history;-art (especially painting);-self-production;-languages (beloved Spanish and German);-solidal economy/solidal nets/fair trade;-politics;-open source systems/knowledge sharing.
- organic food
- last minute travel
Music, Movies, and Books
- Movies: Ingmar Bergman ("Secrets of Women", "A lesson in love", "The seventh Seal", "Cries and Whispers", "Fanny and Alexander"); Luis BuÃÂ±uel ("Un Chien Andalou", "That Obscure Object of Desire", "The Phantom of Liberty", "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie"), Aki KaurismÃÂ¤ki ("Lights in the Dusk", "The Man Without a Past", "Drifting Clouds"), Coen brothers ("True Grit", "A Serious Man", "Burn After Reading", "No Country for Old Men", "The Ladykillers" "The Man Who Wasn't There", "The Big Lebowski", "Barton Fink");Darren Aronofski ("Black Swan" and "The Fountain"); David Lynch ("Inland Empire", "Mulholland Dr.", "The Elephant Man");David Fincher ("Fight Club", "Se7en");Denys Arcand ("The Age of Ignorance" and "The Barbarian Invasions");Emir Kusturica ("Promise Me This", "Black Cat, White Cat", "Arizona Dream");Ki-duk Kim ("3-Iron", "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring", "The Isle");Krysztof Kielowski ("Three colors: White and Red"); Michel Gondry ("The Science of Sleep" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind");Monty Python ("Life of Brian" and "The meaning of life"); Chan-wook Park ("Thirst", "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK", "Lady Vengeance", "Oldboy", "If You Were Me", "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance", "J.S.A.: Joint Security Area");Pier Paolo Pasolini ("SalÃÂ² o le 120 giornate di sodoma" and "Il Vangelo secondo Matteo);Richard Linklater ("Before Sunset", "Waking Life", "Before Sunrise");Silvano Agosti ("La ragione pura", "L'uomo ombra", "D'amore si vive", "Matti da slegare"); Stanley Kubrick ("Eyes Wide Shut", "Barry Lyndon", "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb", "Lolita"); Woody Allen ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona", "Zelig" and "Whatever works"); Wong Kar Wai ("Dias Salvajes", "Eros", "The hire", "There is only one sun", "Happy together", "In the mood for love", "2046"); Christopher Nolan ("The dark knight", "The prestige", "Memento"); Lars von Trier ("Europa", "Antichrist", "Melancholia"); Pedro AlmodÃÂ³var ("Hable con ella", "Los abrazos rotos", "Todo sobre mi madre");Jean-Pierre Jeunet ("Le fabuleux destin d'AmÃÂ©lie Poulain", "Delicatessen" and "Un long dimanche de fianÃÂ§ailles"); Federico Fellini ("Amarcord", "La dolce vita"); "Source Code", "Suegisball", "Tokyo!", "Il dolce e l'amaro", "A single man", "Being John Malkovic", "Big fish", "Braveheart", "Cantando dietro i paraventi", "Clerks", "Delicatessen", "Local hero", "Forrest Gump", "Flatliners" (great photography and amazing new-gothic atmospheres); "A Beautiful Mind", "Kafka" (by Steven Soderbergh), "Funeral Party", "Citizen Kane", "Euro Trip", "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead", "Wings of Desire", "Flatland", "Sur", "Idiocracy", "Into the Wild", "Goodbye Lenin!", "Gran Torino", "Hannibal", "He died with a Felafel in his Hand", "Help me Eros", "I cento passi", "Il divo", "El laberinto del fauno", "Adaptation", "In Bruges", "Inside Man", "Brazil", "Ladri di biciclette", "Le conseguenze dell'amore", "The elementary particles", "Lezione 21", "The last of the Mohicans", "Mar adentro", "North" ("Nord" - Norway), "Pasolini Prossimo Nostro", "Sherlock Holmes" (by Guy Ritchie), "Sin City", "The Life of David Gale", "The Pusher", "Trainspotting", "Un homme, une femme", "Wo die grÃÂ¼nen Ameisen trÃÂ¤umen", "Z", "A fish called Wanda", "Estomago" (an amazing Brasilian-Italian co-production, I have to acknowledge for that my great friend Augusto!), "Sunshine", "Extremely loud and incredibly close", "Blade Runner"...Music: A mention for my favourite composer (Yann Tiersen) (I love basically everything he has composed) and I'm in love with classic guitar! My favourite genres: jazz, classical, folk, Italian singer-songwriters, tango, rock, soundtrack composers, some electronic music and gothic. In a messy order, my favourite composers/players/singers/songwriters: Astor Piazzolla, Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota, NiccolÃÂ² Piovani, George Gershwin, Alberto Iglesias, Goran Bregovic, Arcade Fire, Cranberries, Pink Floyd, Queen, David Gilmour, Jefferson Airplane, Sigur RÃÂ³s, Lacrimosa, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, JoÃÂ£o Gilberto, Air, Goldfrapp, Wim Mertens, Madredeus, Enrico Rava, Stefano Bollani, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Jan Garbarek, John Coltrane, Keith Jarrett, Lester Young, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Fabrizio De AndrÃÂ©, Claudio Lolli, Francesco Guccini, Giorgio Gaber, Sergio Cammariere, Aretha Franklin, Andres Segovia, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Bill Withers, Melody Gardot, CesÃÂ¡ria Ãâ°vora, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Claude Debussy. Books: A mention for my favourite novel "Si al atardecer llegara el mensajero" (Soledad PuÃÂ©rtolas). Other authors/books: Henrik Ibsen, Gabriel GarcÃÂa MÃÂ¡rquez ("Cien aÃÂ±os de soledad", of course! ;) ), George Orwell ("1984"), Franz Kafka (both short stories and novels, all of them!), Italo Svevo, JosÃÂ© Saramago ("Viagem a Portugal", "O homem duplicado"), Aldous Huxley ("Brave new world"), Joseph Conrad ("Lord Jim", "Hearth of darkness"), Eduardo Galeano, Samuel Beckett (all of his theatre pieces), Stendhal ("Le Rouge et le Noir", "La Chartreuse de Parme"), Cesare Pavese (most of his novels).
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I've spent 10000 days on this planet! (9th August 2011).
In Burkina Faso, at sunset, coming back from the dam to the camp, I saw a sheep giving birth to a lamb, all alone, in the savannah. Afterwards the cub struggled to stand up for a few minutes, while its mother was licking and cleaning it. Skepticals? Take a look at my pics. ;)
Attending the "Gay Pride" at Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, the most amazing parade I've ever been to!
...and some other moments, in which I have felt it was worthy to be alive!
Teach, Learn, Share
Whatever you wish! :D I think that chatting, it will emerge clearly and spontaneously what we have in common and what we can share :) If you could teach me some latex, it would be awesome!
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, San Marino, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, Italy, Switzerland