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Gian Paolo Ilari

London, London, England

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Overview

  • 65 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Italian; learning French, Latin, Romanian, Spanish
  • 29, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • part time bartender, full time dreamer
  • i chew with my mouth closed, i don't...
  • From parma (italy)
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

live well, love much, laugh often.

ABOUT ME

i listen more often than i speak, i can't get my mind off of something once it's locked onto the target.I grew up in a small town in italy. when that felt too small i moved to NYC and fell in love. when that felt too american, we moved to london. So far, so good.now the american, our italian cat and our british kitten and i live, read, create and cook together in our flat in hackney. Our current situation temporarily limits my passion for hosting, although coffee (Italian, moka) or tea are always in (and on the stove)!while in italy, i worked as a part time customer service employee in ikea, it's been part of a natural process to take this job, both because i really like the brand and because i like (and i feel good) being helpful to other people.before it became exageratedly expensive, i developed a mad crush on polaroid pictures, i took a shot of almost everybody that stepped into my house, the fact these pictures are unique (in the literal meaning of the word, no negative, no file, nothing) compared to this almost totally replicable world, really fascinates me.the natural evolution of that is that now i'm a sucker for lomography too; add that to my kindle intolerance, and you have a pretty analog guy.i love cooking and spending time in the kitchen, for me preparing food is putting in act a will of precision, desire, care, taste and gift, and the food tradition of my region helps me a lot in this way!i'm firmly atheist and that's probably the main reason i'm stunned everytime i take an larger view on life (mine or others') and/or anything that surrounds me.

PHILOSOPHY

the reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because when opportunity knocks, they are out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers. w.p. chrysler

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

this is the 2nd time for me to do couchsurfing. i've been a member from 2006 to 2007, then i had to work more, and i quit (it was nonsense to me not even to see my hosts..).. 'till now!

Interests

invisible things that get my cats' attention
what's in people's basements, rooftops and backyards
books
learning new languages/dishes/ideas
growing indipendent from other people's approval when creating something
lego (there are 34 lego pieces for each human being, did you know?)
lomo (click, flash!)
travel (mind the gap between the train and the platform)
see people's face in the other car when stopping at the traffic light.
pop up books and origami
ask me.

Music, Movies & Books

as they came in my mind (or as i read the titles on the dvd)... le temps qui reste, angel-a, how to marry a millionaire, fast food fast women, victor victoria, the vigin suicides, broadway damage, 4 weddings and a funeral, volver, welcome to the dollhouse, matchstick man, la mala educación, someone like you, crash, crimen perfecto, memento, the snatch, breakfast at tiffany's, the curse of the jade scorpion, edward scissorhands, the nightmare before xmas, beetle juice, mermaids, thelma & louise, housesitter, shampoo, cloudy with a chance of meatballs, the addams family, all about eve, le fate ignoranti, ask me.
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the lost language of cranes - leavitt
the front runner - nell warren
visions - blake
five past midnight in bhopal - lapierre
1984 - orwell
narcisus and goldmouth - hesse
l'orda - stella
diary of a sentimental killer - sepulveda
one, no one and one hundred thousand - pirandello
the picture of dorian gray - wilde
il nome della rosa - eco
lolita - nabokov
paddington bear - bond
the god delusion - dawkins
the blind watchmaker - "
the selfish gene - "
climbing mount improbable - "
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One Amazing Thing I've Done

i won 10k euros at the lottery, and split the money with my best friend, who bought the ticket before mine.

Teach, Learn, Share

i can show you how to make pizza from scratch. or anything else from italian cuisine, for that matter.
i can always improve my languages, learn about a new book and listen to a good story. or two. or three. or 'till the morning comes and the wine is over.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

Italy, United States

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