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Nicholas Crummey

Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

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Overview

  • 22 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, French, Spanish; learning Arabic, Turkish
  • 27, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Student
  • Getting a masters
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

Hi! I'm Nicholas, I'm originally from California, but I've been living away from home for about ten years now. I love to travel, and I keep going to different places, loving them, and deciding to stay. I also love to meet new people, learn new languages, try new food, listen to new music, and most of all learn everything I can about the people and the places I visit. I am trying to live in as many countries as possible and I'm working on my goal of learning (at least) all six official languages of the United Nations (although I'm easily distracted... now I'm learning Turkish and want to learn Persian and Hungarian so...)

Californiano viajando por el mundo! Me encanta viajar, aprender nuevos idiomas, probar diferentes comidas, escuchar música, y aprender todo lo que puedo sobre el mundo! Estoy intentando a aprender todo los seis idiomas oficiales de las naciones unidas, por lo menos!

Merhaba, Nicholas ben, Kalifornyalıyım ama şimdi İstanbul'da yaşıyorum ve yüksek lisans okuyorum burada. Türkçe öğrenmeyi çalışıyorum - bir İngilizce ya da İspanyolcayı öğrenmeyi isteyen varsa buluşup dil değişimi yapalım!

PHILOSOPHY

Every experience is an experience worth having.

"Elsewhere is a negative mirror. The traveler recognizes the little that is his, discovering the much he has not had and will never have." - Italo Calvino, "Invisible Cities"

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Hosting, surfing, exchanging, meeting!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I've hosted quite a bit, and recently have surfed some too. The experience has always been wonderful! I've met so many friends in so many places.

Interests

cities, languages, religions, history, identity, memory, nationalism, music, food, toilets, buildings, deserts, movies, string instruments, architecture, trains, meeting new people, beards.

I'm working on a masters program in which I will hopefully focus on something relating to the intersection of identity, language, history, lgbt experiences, and oral history.

Music, Movies & Books

I really love reading, listening, and watching new books, music, and movies. If you have any suggestions for me I'm really interested! Here are some of my favorites that I've encountered so far:

The Battle of Algiers The Good the Bad and the Ugly Le Mépris Mulholland Dr. Almodóvar Altman Cronenberg Fellini Lynch Scorsese

Amadou et Mariam Bach Bartok The Beatles Manu Chao Bob Dylan Oum Kalthoum Fela Kuti Moondog Sibelius The Smiths Talking Heads Chavela Vargas Tom Waits

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvini Moby Dick by Herman Melville Dracula by Bram Stoker Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez Snow by Orhan Pamuk.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

While traveling through Mauritania in October 2007 we rode six hours in the back of a pickup truck (on top of mountains of food, backpacks, and tires). It was Ramadan so we didn't set out until the fast had been broken at sundown, and as we climbed up a jagged cliff overlooking seas of sand, chatting in broken Arabic with our three turbaned companions smoking out of carved bronze pipes, the full moon rose and the desert looked like another world.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can help you speak English or play the Violin, and I want to learn every other language and every other instrument. Let's trade.

Languages I want to practice: Spanish, Turkish, Arabic Languages I want to learn: Hungarian, Farsi, Kurdish, Italian, Greek

Can you help with any of these? Let's talk!

What I Can Share With Hosts

I can share laughs, stories, music, and the little bit I've learned about Turkish cooking (delicious!).

Countries I've Visited

Canada, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Palestine, State of, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tanzania, United Republic of, Thailand, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

Colombia, Egypt, Senegal, Turkey, United States

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