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I WON'T BE IN BARCELONA UNTIL SEPTEMBER!!! :(
I've been pretty unactive in a few years due to different reasons. Anyway, try your luck!
For so long I tried couchsurfers read my profile... I still have hope! :P
Remember that Barcelona is an extremely touristic place and most locals receive tons of requests. Please, try your best and be as genuine as possible in your request so I can distinguish it from the copy&paste ones.
Write your request in your native language if it's one of the languages I speak! That will be great!
Дорогие русские мои, пишите на русском. Не бойтесь. Да, eсть иностранцы которые говорят по-русскии. Бывает! ;-)
I am a Canarian-Peruvian 38yo guy who loves languages and music living in Barcelona.
When people ask me where I come from, sometimes it's hard to ask. So I'll give you three possible answers:
1. Canary Islands
Now you choose!! ;-)
People think I am a party guy, but I'm not!!! (Well, I'm not sure... but I would say I'm not!! or... damn!) :D
Try to read my profile carefully. In Barcelona, I insist, we receive LOTS of requests. Please, I will really appreciate it.
In your request, please, avoid things like: heey i'm coming to Spain, wanna know the Spanish culture bla bla, I've already told you the 3 countries I belong to) ;-)
After 14 years on CS, I don't have to be politically correct anymore so: there are over 400 million Spanish speakers all around the world so if you want to learn or practice Spanish, my place is NOT the place!
As a couchsurfer I'm sure you are eager to learn the local culture so I will teach you some Catalan instead, we are just around 9 million speakers but we are as cool as Spanish speakers, come on! Don't miss our past tense in Catalan, it's so cool and easy!!! :D
BTW, I'm gay (bi-curious sometimes), and yes, this is an important part of my life ;-) But actually, the 95% of male guests I've had, were straight. I think they survived the experience, Don't be afraid! See references below! LOL
Have a look at this documentary about Barcelona. You will understand some points about what locals here think about tourism in Barcelona. Sometimes I feel bad because I feel that I can't give the visitors what they are looking for. This is mainly because Barcelona is sold outside as something that it is not.
Update 2017: Local people are starting to be forced to leave their places due to rent increases. Owners prefer to rent their flats (even illegally) for tourists way more expensive than for the people who live and work here. Help us to develop a sustainable touristic industry. We are beyond boundaries now. Help!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Hosting and surfing! :D
I would like to thank all my hosts:
Liuba - Russia
Kirill - Russia
Sveta & Semeon - Russia
Ines - Czech Republic
Dalibor - Serbia
Cholponai - Kyrgyzstan
Kemo - Kyrgyzstan
Ilias - Kazakhstan
Hugues - Kazakhstan
Zaure - Kazakhstan
Marcis - Latvia
Tania - Russia
Maxi - Argentina
Oliver - Switzerland
Artem - Armenia
Artak - Armenia
Goga - Georgia
Lasha & Nino - Georgia
Mason - United States
Egor - Russia
Max - Denmark
Yo - Armenia
Anders - Sweden
Tord - Sweden
Periklis - Denmark
Julien - Netherlands
Rudolf - Ukraine
Oleksandr - Ukraine
10 YEARS !!!! 2007 - 2017
Great experiences and very nice people during these 10 years
Discussing politics, having a good breakfast, linguistics, I love reading newpapers with a long coffee (update!! I don't drink coffee anymore, what about a long tea? ;) new update: I drink coffee again!) and a cigarette.
Sports? I love Rythmic Gymnastics! (Yes, I know... ;-))
Music, Movies, and Books
I'm a classical musician, that means that I love classical music. BACH, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovski, Poulenc...
I also love Jazz and folk music from all over de world (unfortunately, flamenco is not one my favourites..;-))
Books?? I (used to) read a lot but mostly musical and linguistic stuff, out of that it's hard to say: Dostoievski, Sanchez Pinyol...
About movies I definitely like Tim Burton and Almodovar and other weird European stuff. :D
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Boat trip on the Amazonas: amazing!
Understanding other people's perspectives and ways of living
Teach, Learn, Share
Do you know something that only local people know?
We don't use "Barça" as a diminutive form of "Barcelona". We just say Barcelona or sometimes "Barna".
Barça is only used for the soccer team (the best one, by the way) :D
Can you tell me some more secrets of our world? :))
What I Can Share with Hosts
Talks, cooking, drinks, a cigarette...
Countries I’ve Visited
Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In