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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! Vivi un rato en Colombia donde aprendi el Español, pero ahora no tengo mucha oportunidad a practicar, temo que lo olvidare... si eres hispanohablante ven y quédate conmigo!
Merhaba, Nicholas ben, Kalifornyalıyım ama on yıldır başka yerlerde yaşıyorum - 2012den beri İstanbul'da yaşıyorum ve şimdi yüksek lisans okuyorum burada. Gezmek ve yeni insanlarla tanışmayı çok seviyorum, bu nedenle couchsurfing kullanıyorum. Türkçe öğrenmeyi çalışıyorum - bir İngilizce ya da İspanyolca öğrenmek isteyen varsa buluşup dil değişimi yapalım!
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
I really like meeting new people and seeing new places, and couchsurfing is a great way to do both! I've been hosting and surfing for the past few years, and the experience has always been wonderful! I've met so many friends in so many places.
cities, languages, religions, history, identity, memory, music, food, toilets, buildings, deserts, movies, string instruments, lgbt rights, 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, queer experiences, and oral history.
Music, Movies, and 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 Calvino : 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 : Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
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
Laughs, stories, music, and the little bit I've learned about Turkish cooking (delicious!). I'm also studying Eastern Mediterranean and Balkan history and particularly the ethnic, architectural, religious, agricultural, and sexual history of Istanbul, and I'm happy to share what I know about the city, past and present. I can also share my knowledge of gay life and queer experiences in Turkey.
Countries I’ve Visited
Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Palestine, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tanzania, Thailand, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Colombia, Egypt, Senegal, Turkey, United States