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  • Fluent in English, Italian; learning German, Spanish
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2013
  • Auditor
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

My previous mission was: trying all roller coasters around the world.
Currently,
my long-term project is to host as many people as possible so that one day I can spend the rest of my life travelling to meet all of them again

ABOUT ME

Rational, balanced, sometimes too normal.
I lived in my hometown for most of my life, but I studied in Turkey and I travel a lot for work. I started hosting with my family and they are still hosting people even without me. Well, more room for guests.

PHILOSOPHY

Reading makes you a better person, but travelling is like having an endless book and with infinite tales, anytime you open this book, you'll find a new story.
For this reason, don't keep your book closed.

Two sentences can describe why I host people: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"
and "It's best to give while your hand is still warm" - P. Roth

I also have other good quotes:

"Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays in the palm; clutch it, and it darts away" -  Dorothy Parker

"To have and not to give is often worse than to steal." -Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." -Edith Wharton

"Money may be the husk of many things but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends; servants, but not loyalty; days of joy, but not peace or happiness." -Henrik Ibsen

"We must learn to honor excellence in every socially accepted human activity, however humble the activity, and to scorn shoddiness, however exalted the activity. An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society that scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water." -John W. Gardner

"I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this." -Emo Phillips

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I hosted many couchsurfers and every time has been a great experience, so I'm waiting for you (unless I'm travelling abroad, in this case I hope you'll be waiting for me)

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Everytime I meet a couchsurfer, I feel like I'm travelling the world, even if I'm at home.
Whenever I can, I like lodging and spending time with couchsurfers

Interests

I like taking photos, reading essays about any topics, travelling the world (obviously) and I love mountains and rocks (trekking and climbing).
I dreamt to design Roller Coasters, this was the reason why I choose mechanical engineering, but I've ended up working with airplane, which is more exciting than I expected.

  • tattoos
  • recipes
  • traveling
  • outdoor activities
  • rock climbing
  • history
  • social science
  • hitchhiking
  • mountains
  • antropology
  • korean movies
  • macroeconomics

Music, Movies, and Books

I listen to any kind of music, from heavy metal,nu metal, power progressive, rock (Slipknot, metallica, Linkin Park, Kings of Leon, The Smiths...), to rap, r&b (eminem, shade, T.I., Drake,..), melodic dubstep, chillstep, downtempo, jazz, blues, deep house, pop (Paolo nutini, Coldplay,...) and so on; hence, if you have a genre I haven't mentioned, please share it with me.
I love watching movies, but I am usually too busy so I sometimes use my spare time to watch as many movies/series as I can; just to mention the most interesting series: House of Card, Prison Break, Breaking Bad, House,...
About movie I love Woody Allen (I'm quite sure I've watched all his movies), Kim ki-duk, old Italian movies, old horror movies, drama, comedy and also some animation movies, but also about the movie my list is too long to be placed entirely here; I have also a list of movies suggested by people I met and it's becoming longer and longer, but sooner or later I'll be able to shorten it.
Book? Essays are my favorite.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I was in New York when Irene (the hurricane) arrived. All day long I was closed in my room waiting for the ending of the storm.

Three days trekking in Trentino alone through the Alps meeting other hikers like me. I slept at the mountain refuges where I ate the really wholesome foods.

I've traveled in Turkey from the north east to Istanbul, going through south east (Trabzon, Erzurum, Rize, Batumi, Midyat, Mardin,.....it's a long list).

Dumpster diving in Wien and hitchhiking back home from there in two days and a half

I bolted a new 240 m climbing routes on Mount Terminio

First ascent in a day of the 670m high wall of Timpa di San Lorenzo

Every year I do something amazing. Hence I stop mentioning all of them. Let's talk about them at the dinner table

Teach, Learn, Share

I can take you to climb somewhere indoor or outdoor.

I'm eager to learn everything, so if you know some recipes, you must share them with me; if you can do something that I can't, you must teach me. Therefore, I'd say this is the only condition if you want to stay here: you must share with me your knowledge and obviously I will do the same. Isn't it a big deal?

What I Can Share with Hosts

Food, drinks and conversations

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macao, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

France, Hungary, Italy, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

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