Ayse Taskin

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

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  • Fluent in Dutch, English, Turkish; learning German, Spanish
  • 32, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • Author / Full time Dreamer
  • Istanbul University
  • From Amsterdam
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About Me


To live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.


I am an openminded and friendly person who loves to laugh and make people laugh. I grew up in the Netherlands and am from a Turkish family. I studied nursing but have worked as a translator and writer for years and now am getting prepared for being an English teacher. As you can tell, I love variety. :)


Fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me. Failure always made me try harder next time.

- Open your heart to change. But don't let go of your values.
Dalai Lama.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


When I was still living in Istanbul I was very active in CS with hosting and meetings. I loved to show people around and tell them about the Turkish and Ottoman culture. Istanbul is a beautiful city that has a lot to tell. For the last year I lived in Barcelona for work and had a splendid time over there. I hosted there too and attended meetings to get to know more about the Catalunain and Spanish culture. It is fabulous and I feel it's very close to the Turkish one.


Pretty much all my experiences with Couchsurfing were great. I have met so many wonderful people from all around the world, so many countries and cultures and learned a lot. It's great to be able to do this in a very friendly enviroment.


Everything new, intelligent and fun are in my interests.

Good music and good food is ALWAYS appreciated. I am very good at listening to good music, but better at cooking food. :)

Music, Movies, and Books

Writers: Maeve Binchy, Duygu Asena, Stephen King, Dan Brown, Ahmet Altan, Elif Şafak, Kürşat Başar.

I like the movies of Timur Bekmambetov, Coen brothers, Tim Burton, Darren Aranofski, Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch, Stephen King, Roman Polanski, Guy Richie.

I like pretty much every sound that makes me feel how I need to feel at that moment.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I've went to Van - Erciş as a volunteer nurse end October 2011 after the big earthquack. I was there for two weeks which was a sad but also wonderful experience. I can easily say this was the most amazing thing I've ever did in my entire life.

I vaccinated 1-6 months old babies.

I puked on Amsterdam Square during daytime. Too much flowers. Cheers.

visited 15 states (6.66%) or another interesting project

Teach, Learn, Share

I want to learn everything I yet don't know! So if you'd like to meet me, make sure you have something interesting to tell.

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Turkey

Countries I’ve Lived In

Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom

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