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Gizem Gumuskaya

Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

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Overview

  • 33 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English, French, Turkish
  • 22, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • Architecture and music student
  • Istanbul Technical University/ENSAP-...
  • From Istanbul, Turkey
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Never postpone travelling!

ABOUT ME

I am from Turkey, Istanbul. Studying architecture (4th year), playing cello (6th year). Art is something absolutely indispensible for me... I have been looking forward studying architecture since I had started to high school. So when I travel, not only what's on the surface (we generally call it the 'the tourist crap') but as well as the urban traces beneath it interest me lots.

PHILOSOPHY

'There's no tomorrow'

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I've started doing CS when I was spending my summer 2011 in USA while working in a YMCA summer camp for kids in New Hampshire. After the camp, I made my way across the USA by couch surfing almost in almost all destinations, when I was just 17 years old. Since then, CS community (I'd rather prefer to say family) is my best buddy during my travels !

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Well, I was in USA at 2010 summer and I was mostly in west coast.There were 4-5 days left to go back to Istanbul and I decided to go to New York. As time got closer, I started to whine about going to be alone in NY... My friends in Vegas asked me if i wanted to do couch surfing and I was like 'no way! what I am gonna do with a person who I barely know?!'... No one replied me. Bu a year later I found my answer by myself ''Get to know him/her of course!:)''... And that summer (2011 summer) I travelled all around USA by doing CS and HAD THE MOST AMAZING TIME! Hanging with locals are always better:)

My great hosts;

-John Potter (Pittsburgh)
-Zack Riviera (Philadelphia)
-Sherri Morgan (Washington DC)
-Erin Weston (Miami)
-David (San Francisco)
-Derik DeBaun (Los Angeles)
-Patty Lund(Long Beach)
-Mick (Marseille)
-Clement (Cannes)
-Dom&Valeria(Antibes)
-Leonardo (Rome)

In addition to these, I had really great time with especially Aaron Soriano and Praful Mathur in Miami, Jean Michel-werk in LA and so much more people with whom I met through CS meetings!! You might wanna check my photo album titled ' with the couch surfing people' for further ..

The only little tiny problem i had was in Los Angeles. Even though my host wasn't totally in mental and spiritual comfort to host people (family issues), she accepted my request. I had no idea until I arrive and after spending one night i realized that it wasn't possible for me to stay with this lady and I left immediately. Thanks to my other Couch Surfing friends in LA since they put me in a safe accommodation right away and helped me to get out of her house (I found my stuff left on the courtyard!) But I didn't let that little situation let me down in LA and thought positive :)

AND now I am moving to Paris for a year and seems like I'll be doing loots of couch surfings. Catch me somewhere in Europe!

Interests

Architecture, Music, Painting, Museums, Art, scuba diving, swimming, collecting old stuff such as records, cameras, vintage clothes and accessories...I like to collect notebooks which contains my sketches and memories during my travels, languages...

Music, Movies & Books

Jazz and classical music are my favorite kinds of music. Since I play cello for 6 years I have involved with classical music a lot however jazz stump me for couple of years.. My fave sax player is John Coltrane who makes me think like ''If we consider jazz as the sex, that must be the orgasm.''

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Exploring Paris' Catacombes(underground graves and tunnels) illegally with a bunch of other CSers at night(between 10pm and 4.30am). The greatest experience of my life! We walked, crawled, run for kilometers and end up with spending AMAZING time down there! We spent 6 hours at the Catacombs without even realizing... It was totally worthy to taking the risk of getting caught by police or being stuck at 20-25m under Paris!

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Going for a spontaneous camping trip to deserts of Nevada with nothing to keep us warm since we thought ''Dude, it's desert! It's gotta be hot!''...Hah, well how about dark desert nights? Brr!

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Suddenly found myself in the middle of Hurricane Irene in Miami...

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I was really mad at the security staff who didn't let me in at Capitol Building of Washington DC because of a bottle of parfume(they made me throw all my food and beverages with me away). Since I had to give up on lots of time going to the Capitol building and I didn't get in because of exaggerated security precautions(i'm not gonna kill anyone with a perfume!), I got really really really mad (It was a incredibly hot day and the last day of mine in DC so no other time to visit) and thought 'hope the building tears down and you security guys can not get out!' . And all of a sudden the only earthquake of last 150years happened and the monument is cracked!!!!! (2012 August) I FREAKED OUT!! Gosh I swear that wasn't what I meant!!!:D God bless America! V

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Went on a alligator safari in Everglades/Florida and ate alligator. That was okay :)

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We ran out of gas and got stuck in the middle of the night somewhere between LA and Las Vegas in the desert!

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And there's much more! Not so bad for a 19years old, huh?

Countries I've Visited

Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

France, Turkey

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