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  • 186 references 162 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Italian; learning Arabic, Turkish
  • 40, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • casting agent, painter (artist)
  • I've always had a natural aversion for teachers
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About Me

I have been living in Istanbul since 2013 working as casting agent (tv commercials mainly), actor, painter, language teacher, guide and doing a few more jobs.
As we may live together for 1 day or more you should know that I don't eat anything that has an animal origin and I expect my guests to do the same while being at my place. Yes, I'm vegan, but no worries, I won't try to convert you to my lifestyle.
If you are a freeloader, a very silent person, a self-centered chatterbox, a dirty/untidy traveler please refrain from contacting me.

My home is a super central flat 5 minutes walking from Kadikoy ferries and airports shuttle bus.

I am the owner of the main casting agency for foreigners in Istanbul, so I work a lot and mostly from home. If I am not around the city for some shooting set most probably I will be sitting in the office/living room in front of my laptop.
Almost every day I work till late in the night, but visitors have anyway their privacy as they sleep in a private bedroom on the opposite side of the flat.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I used to organize several CS activities in Italy and in Istanbul.

From 2009 to 2016 I have been hosted in 25+ countries and I have hosted a lot of people in the several flats I have been living in. Both in Italy and in Turkey.
Some of my CS guests and hosts have become great friends of mine. Anyway through CouchSurfing I have experienced unpleasant situations too. Unfortunately a lot of people misuse this wonderful community of travellers considering it just as a free of charge alternative to hostels.


vegan food
recycling materials into art objects

  • meeting new people
  • vegan cooking

Music, Movies, and Books

A Perfect Circle, Tool, Dead Can Dance, Portishead, Tori Amos

Teach, Learn, Share

I don't like much teaching. I love learning. Above all I adore sharing

Countries I’ve Visited

Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vatican City State, Yemen

Countries I’ve Lived In

Italy, Turkey

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