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Sidwell Friends School, Oberlin College
English Teacher
English, Español, Português
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Paul Joseph

Hey, I’m Paul Joseph!

Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil · Member since November 2012
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I am an American living in Rio de Janeiro; I arrived here by land--bicycle, bus, boat, and train! It was a great trip! See (email hidden) Now I am teaching English and managing these properties for the World Cup! I love Rio, especially biking around Zona Sul and climbing up the hills such as Pão de Açucar, Pedra da Gavea, Pedra Bonita, Dois Irmãos, Forte do Leme, etc. I recommend all of these places. Don't miss an opportunity to bike around Zona Sul along Praias Flamengo, Botafogo, Copacabana and Ipanema--unforgettable. Also, don't miss hiking up at least one of the hills I mentioned.

I aim to make your stay in Rio comfortable, affordable, convenient, and well-informed. Please ask me any questions you may have about the accommodations I manage, as well as anything about Rio and getting around. I speak English, Spanish and Portuguese fluently.

I love soccer, music, table tennis, cycling, and table tennis.
My favorite travel destinations are Brazil, the US, Mexico, Guatemala and Ecuador. I love beaches and mountains, and everything in between.
I am using the Khan Academy to learn math and sciences.
I love to cook.
Music--some bands currently on my playlist--Modest Mouse, Beck, the Flaming Lips, Greenday, Zedd, Kaskade, Krishna Das, Led Zeppelin, O.A.R., One Republic, Pearl Jam, The Pixies, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, The Talking Heads, Thievery Corporation, Weezer, and Yo La Tengo.
Favorite Food: Feijoada (when done with great affection and care--one of my English students made it for me for Christmas, and I have never had better before or since), collard greens (ditto), ice cream, tapioca, coxinhas, lasagna, rice, beans (made with onions, garlic, veggies, olive oil, and spices), and so many others!
I enjoy David Attenborough nature documentaries, sci-fi movies such as "Ela", Simpsons...

To have me as a host, you will have a reliable contact for enjoying your stay with convenience, comfort and affordability. I will give you tips and even give you some tours of the local attractions--walking, by bicycle, or by metro. I love soccer, so we will likely watch some games together in Copacabana on the big screens. We can even go together to Aterro de Flamengo to play futsal on the courts, soccer on the artificial turf fields, beach soccer, or even beach soccer-volleyball! I am down to make this world cup as awesome as ever!