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Ohms Shanaa

Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain

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  • 71 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Arabic, French, Hebrew (modern), Russian, Spanish, Turkish
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • Trying to figure that out myself. Th...
  • BA in Geography/Environment/Arabic
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me


Wandering the world, looking for new ideas and a new home.


Lessee. It's always kinda difficult to distill yourself into something that will fit into a little white box, but...

I'm an extroverted labrador retriever of a guy (that likes introverts, by the way!) I'm friendly. I like people and their warmth and I look for epiphanies and experiences. When I go to a place, I try to get a feel for the soul of the place and its people rather than just taking pictures of buildings or whatever. (Buildings are pretty similar everywhere in the scheme of things, I've learned...) I'm talkative, but really appreciate silence just as much as good conversation.

I'm from Texas and have lived all over the American South and the Middle East. After failing to convince myself that I could live in Texas and be happy with it, I've decided to get the hell out of Dodge and wander the world to meet people, experience places and exchange ideas and inspiration. Yep.


The point of life is to live it.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


I host when I'm at home and surf when I'm away from home. Even outside Couchsurfing proper, I hitchhike and talk to strangers. I like helping people and being helped. It increases overall levels of trust in the world. After all, we're all kind of in this beautiful clusterfuck together, eh?


I've hosted around 50ish people and been hosted by about as many. I started off in Oman back in 2007 and have been couchsurfing whenever possible since. I've made a number of friends through CS that I still keep in contact with...for which I'm very grateful.

I expected it to be great and it ended up even better than I expected. Because of couchsurfing, I was able to really get a taste of the soul of the place rather than stare at tourist sites and float around like a disheveled ghost. I would hate travel if it wasn't for couchsurfing.


abandoned buildings, anachronism, appalachia, arabic, art history, autumn, biology, blurry photographs, brooding, car-raving, cathartic writing, cinnamon and ginger, climbing trees, cobwebs, coffee, cold winds, constructing my own reality, cuddling with friends, dancing randomly, desolation, draining, dumpster diving, eastern europe, eerieness, environmental determinism, epiphanies, escapism, freeganism, frolicking in the garbage, genderfucks, geography, getting over myself, hebrew, hiking, human geography, israel, kitsch, krav maga, languages, making collages, making up words, off-the-grid living, palestine, parking-lot raves, peanut butter, people-watching, polyamory, popping zits, population problems, queer rights, random social activities, rats, road trips, runner's highs, sapir-whorf hypothesis, scatalogical humor, short hair, sideburns, smiling at strangers, sneaking out, sociology, studying my ass off, swearing, sweden, table diving, taiga and tundra, the aurora borealis, the soviet union, the warsaw uprising, thinking about life, throbbing inspiration, trainhopping, transgender issues, trees and leaves, trespassing, ululating, urban exploration, wandering around old cemeteries, warm conversations with strangers, west texas.

Music, Movies & Books

MUSIC: Shoegaze, post-rock, ambient, electronica, techno, HappyRobotMusic, foreign hiphop, folky stuff, punky stuff, industrial, North African funk/rai, etc.

Explosions in the Sky, Interpol, Cut Copy, Boards of Canada, Cocteau Twins, Solvent, Neutral Milk Hotel, M83, Surface of Eceon, Landing, Cat Power, Sixteen Horsepower, Pontonius, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Sigur Ros, Low, Slowdive, Jessica Bailiff, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cheb Mami, Fairuz, Rasputina, Labradford, U2, Moby, the pillows, Deftones, The Cure, Love Spirals Downwards, Sasha & Digweed, Windy & Carl, Pink Floyd, Mazzy Star, VNV Nation, Combichrist, Wilco, Johnny Cash...

BOOKS: The Pigman, The Goats, Speak, 1984, The Bell Jar, Natasha's Dance, sociology textbooks

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Blasting through Cairo traffic at 130 km/h along the Nile, buildings rising and sinking while the speakers blasted out the appropriate techno mix (DJed by my CS host, no less.)

Going on an archeology field trip in Timna National Park with the students from the Arava Institute, where every night I was there ended in dancing.

Camping with 800 hippies in the mountains of Bosnia.

Hosting a very multicultural cuddle party in a tipi in freezing temperatures.

Asking random Turks on the street for directions to the train station and instead getting invited to stay with their family for the night, despite no one speaking English.

Sleeping on an abandoned ship in Tel Aviv's ship graveyard.

Being homeless in Stuttgart.

All sorts of things. So amazing...

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you how to make yogurt or Middle Eastern food, crochet, how to read Cyrillic, Hebrew or Arabic, how to wish plague upon someone in Arabic, ululate...

Countries I've Visited

Albania, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Palestine, State of, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates, United States

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