So then – who is Vanidio?

Vanidio is work in progress.

I currently live in Athens, where I was born. I’ve lived in London for some time, and I travel as much as I can. In late 2011, I took a gap year from work, and went to Latin America for a few months. I am a social researcher but for the past few years I have been working in a public sector office… and I have to get out of there pretty soon. Which is why I’ve started taking up tour guiding activities… I guess I know what I want to do when I grow up: meet foreigners and show them around Athens and Greece!

At the same time, I never thought jobs define people… What has defined me most in the past few years is my CouchSurfing profile.

Just a few random things about me

I love travelling, meeting people, summer, the beach, swimming, singing, music, gigs, art, cooking, yoga and siestas 🙂

I hate alarm clocks, TV and insects – and I really don’t like cold and rainy weather!

I strongly believe that we never really grow up, we just learn how to act in public, and I’m not a very good actress…

I value experiences and people a lot more than money and possessions, I believe that what makes someone rich is a life full of things to discuss with others… Actually, this was scientifically proven!

My favourite quote, from Zorba the Greek: A man needs a little madness, or else he never dares cut the rope and be free.

This song , this video , and this article have influenced deeply my philosophy.

I love music!

I love music – mostly rock, hard rock, metal, blues, jazz, progressive rock, psychedelia, garage, and pretty much anything with guitars. Some of my favourite bands and artists are Porcupine Tree, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Lenny Kravitz, Duran Duran, Guns’n’Roses, Steve Vai, the Levellers, Morcheeba, Hawkwind, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes, Loreena McKennit, Motorhead, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin…

What about movies?

Actually I don’t watch movies too often… However, I love animation movies, and dark comedies. I like a lot pretty much anything by Disney, Miyazaki, Tim Burton and Woody Allen. Other movies I’ve liked in the past include Clerks (absolutely insane fantastic movie), V for Vendetta, The Matrix, Dark City, Almost Famous, Velvet Goldmine, Memento, Amélie, Trainspotting, Ghost World, Human Traffic, Saving Grace, Waking Ned Devine, Coraline, Clockwork Orange, Lost In Translation, American History X, The Lord Of The Rings, American Beauty, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Perfume, Fight Club, The Crow, The Royal Tenenbaums, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, The Big Lebowski, Requiem for a Dream, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Zorba the Greek, Bonnie and Clyde…

Here’s a small selection of short movies I like

The octopus movie

Get out

Necktie

A really funny short movie that I was involved in

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