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Benny Cohen

Tugun, Queensland, Australia

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Overview

  • 54 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Indonesian, Malay
  • 24, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • student
  • B. Medicine/B. Surgery (graduate of ...
  • From Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

crowdsurfing all music festivals 'round the world.

ABOUT ME

i am obsessed with music - house, trance, jazz, even a little classical/opera. as well as the people, the music at venues often determines where i'll end up on a night out. i have several friends who dance and perform, so go to a lot of gigs. personally, i sing and am learning the guitar, but my dancing is just for club purposes - that said, i think i've been told it's not too bad :)

i am now living on the gold coast for university. it's very different to my home city of melbourne. in 2012 i traveled for about 7 months of the year. traveling other continents made me realise there is much of my country i am yet to discover. so in 2013 i did a 3000km road trip in south and central australia :) i am very keen for more road trips around aus!

my studies are starting to take me both internationally and interstate too. so although we might be improving health standards around aus or overseas, the free flights come in handy!

PHILOSOPHY

"Why not?"
(gets me into trouble)

think about it: if you say "why not?" to everything, you just do. it's the best way to go. i recommend this to all, especially when traveling. try everything!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

when i'm home, i host as much as i can. and when i'm already hosting/busy, i'll take you out for beverages. one of the best things about CS is having locals show you the best places for food, drinks and general fun places to meet others :)

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

- the day i joined, i went on a CS pub crawl around st kilda, melbourne. from night #1, i loved it!
- been for several drinks (coffees; cocktails; beers, etc) with people i meet through CS
- hosted australia day parties to which CS'ers came. one called one party one of the best things she'd done in australia
- i've hosted a bunch of surfers, from seriously all over the world (so many europeans in aus though!)
- i've surfed in the states, iceland, france, denmark, germany, poland, czech, and slovenia and received invites from even more countries that i must follow up soon

Interests

music, music, music. oh, and a passion for travelling and meeting new people (how cliche!).

Music, Movies & Books

update 2014: i can't listen to anything but DEEP HOUSE. example is 'careless' by dusky.
update 2015: my current favourite artist is a French producer called N'to. Listen to Every Wall Is A Door or Trauma (Worakls remix)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM52fjJss0I

Timeless:
Well, Did You Evah? (Swell Party) - Sinatra and Bing Crosby
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kq1JQUhwVQ
and while we're talking about High Society - Now You Has Jazz
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4UWfPPh-OA
Summertime - Satchmo and Fitz
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIDOEsQL7lA

and if you havn't heard of them - something good outta New Zealand (joking, I love the kiwis) - check out Fat Freddy's Drop, especially this track
Cay's Crays
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SveqAY9tZ24

I've been in and still love to sing songs from the musicals 'South Pacific' and 'Guys and Dolls'. I knew a few from various other musicals, too.

And lastly: I couldn't decide whether to add this to the 'amazing things i've seen or done' section, but we'll just stick it here.
People often say "I was privileged to do (this or that) or attend (this or that)". I honestly felt VERY privileged to attend the Metropolitan Opera in NYC with my mum in November 2011. She took me to see 'La Boheme', a sad tale of love in difficult times (as most operas are). The sets, actors and orchestra worked seamlessly to create an unbelievable atmosphere. I shall never forget one particular aria, 'Musetta's Waltz', in which the performance reached such a climax that I started getting teary! It was extraordinary and completely unexpected.
This is the aria, though obviously it's not the same just watching it on yt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0V6Bq0jU4Q

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I'm studying medicine now, but I wrote this in 2010 while working in a hospital:

Every shift there are things that strike me. One in particular was a little baby girl. As I pushed her cot towards medical imaging for a scan, she was looking back at me the whole time. Her mum and I were chatting and before I left them in the care of the radiographers, I held the little girls hand (or really, she held my pinky finger with her hand - tremendously cute). When I was told they were ready to go back, I saw the baby girl was now crying and her mum talking to her, trying to soothe her. As I approached, the little one stopped sobbing and recommenced gazing at me. It was very touching. All I could think of was that it was such an injustice for someone so little and adorable to be in poor health. Fortunately, I checked her room my next shift and she was gone - upon checking I was told she had improved and was discharged! :)

Teach, Learn, Share

i'd like to improve my repetoire of languages known - especially including one or two european ones. every drink i get with nearby travellers, they must teach me one new word!
i'm currently learning french, but must perfect my bahasa, juga.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Slovenia, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Australia

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