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Paolo Spada

Florence, Toscana, Italy

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Overview

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  • Fluent in English, Italian; learning Portuguese, Spanish
  • 39, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Phd Student for too many years
  • I have no idea, a bit too much probably
  • From Florence
  • Profile 75% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

complete my dissertation!

ABOUT ME

I am a slow traveler.
I hate the 1 week country-tour approach, I am in favor of the 6 months 1 city approach. I love to slowly learn my way around a new city, learn the language, acquire new friends. A new city is like a small new life.

I have lived between Florence, Bolgheri, Milan, Bologna, San Michele on the Garda Lake, Chicago, New York, New Haven, Rio De Janeiro and now (2008-2009) I am traveling back in Brazil.

I lived in Rio for six months, and now I am going to travel around Brazil for a year or so to complete my dissertation.

I just got married this past summer and I have a little dog Safira that comes from a shelter in Rio.

I currently don't have an house (I have just closed my apartment in New York), but during the summer I always fly back to Italy and there I can host you in a very nice place in the center of Florence. I have a bathroom with a view (you can see the dome of my city).

I tend to invite people all the time, and I love meeting new friends in any situation. I met my wife on a train to Rome 8 years ago.

I can sleep practically on any surface. I need only two things an internet connection and a shower.

PHILOSOPHY

I am in love with life. I love studying life and living it.

If Irma (my wife) is with me and I have money for an internet connection, a shower and organizing dinners for my friends I don't need anything else.

On the other hand I highly enjoy all comforts when they are available!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I currently don't have an house (I have just closed my apartment in New Haven), but during the summer I always fly back to Italy and there I can host you in a very nice place in the center of Florence. I have a bathroom with a view (you can see the dome of my city).

Interests

Friends
Politics
Learning new things
Cooking
Practicing Sports (Martial Arts, Sailing, Skiing, Running)

Music, Movies & Books

I am completely ignorant with regard music, I tend to steal whatever my friend are listening. I can't even fake to know anything about music so don't expect I will be able to sustain a conversation about it.

Movies... I grew up with a friend that had a free pass in my city movie theaters, we spent the week-ends watching one movie after the other. With regard movies I can freely pass from Blow Up to Kickboxer, enjoying both.

Books... my preferred book is L'oeuvre au noir, I have read it in the Italian translation when I was 16, and I tend to reread every now and then. I also love science fiction, in particular Lem and Le Guin. And I consume poetry daily.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach:
1) Wing Chun, Muay Thai, sailing dinghies, skiing
2) How to cook italian "crostata di crema con la frutta"
3) How to survive dating an Italian girl

I want to learn everything

Countries I've Visited

Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, France, Germany, Israel, Palestine, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Venezuela

Countries I've Lived In

Italy, United States

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