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Lycée Molière, The British School, Rio de Janeiro, British School of Rio de Janeiro, Orewa College, American University of Paris, Estácio Universities, Universidade Estácio de Sá
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Hey, I’m Graziella!

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil · Member since October 2012
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The "describe yourself" section is always the hardest one for me, so I decided that this time i'm going to tell you a bit about my story and ill let you take conclusions based on it.

My dad's plan was to always live abroad as much as possible and hopefully pass on that feeling of freedom to all his kids. Unfortunately for him, he never followed that dream and his kids never seemed to care much about it, except for me. I lived in Germany with my mum for one year when i was 8. At the age of 15, I decided to do an one year program abroad in New Zealand, where i attended one year of high school.
Prior to my trip, I was educated in an French school that gave me valuable education on literature, history and art. However, when I came back from New Zealand, I decided to go to an English high school, where I graduated with an IB diploma.
It felt natural to me to take a gap year in between high school and university, so this is what I did. Six months in Milan, Italy, learning Italian and six months in Barcelona, Spain, learning spanish. After that amazing period, I went to Paris, France, to start university. Global Communications was my major in the American University of Paris. But it just didn't feel right.
So I went back home and started studying Hotel Management. I thought it would be just a course until I decided what I really wanted. Until everything changed in 2009, when my dad passed and a month later, I started working in the best hotel in town: the Copacabana Palace. I started low, in the Room Service department as an intern and within one year was already one of the main Concierges of the Hotel.
After two years of working in the Hotel, I decided to leave, focus a bit more on my studies and after one year, here I am opening up my first Hostel.

Oh, and I forgot a little detail: I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, with all its beautiful sandy beaches and waterfalls in the middle of the jungle and mountains with its unique landscaping, fauna and flora and parties (oh! the parties) in Lapa, Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Santa Teresa and bars with cold beers, caipirinhas, great food, great and beautiful people and and and... The list can go on and go, however there are no words to describe Rio, even though the poets tried (Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes...) and only the ones come to Rio can actually feel in their skin the vibrant energy of the Cidade Maravilhosa...
So here I am, offering you what I have best to offer: knowledge on the greatest city in the world (I mean, two year as a concierge in the best hotel in Rio and Brazil gotta mean something, right?), a place to sleep, eat and meet amazing people and basically have a f&%$ng good time!
What's more delicious than that?