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James Gollmart

Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

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  • Fluent in English, German; learning Russian
  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • physics undergraduate
  • currently exchange student at UBC
  • From Jesteburg (near Hamburg)
  • Profile 45% complete

About Me


experience Canada and the US


All in all, I am a rather quiet person (bar generally preferred to clubs), but sometimes also incredibly talkative. Not a great storyteller though; tend to forget halfway through where I was headed. A bit too worried about the future, but generally a positive person and open for a conversation with (almost) everybody. I like to meet new interesting people or just reading a book. I am patient and take a laid back attitude to other people and life in general. More intriguing pieces of information about me below! Sorry if this description is somewhat vague. Even though I like introspective novels I don't seem to be good at introspection myself.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


I haven't made use of couch surfing when traveling so far, but definitely want to try it during my stay in North America from September onwards.


none so far :(


travelling (money and time permitting)
philosophy, natural and social sciences, politics (at times), ...
hiking, mountains
books (fiction more than factual stuff)
music festivals

Music, Movies & Books

- In books: Franz Kafka, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, On the Road by , The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon, J.P. Sartre, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Ragtime, Short stories by Chekhov, Into the Wild, Catch 22, John Updike, In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut
and generally a fan of the American novel

- In music: Pink Floyd, System of a Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eddie Vedder, Rise Against, Die Ärzte, Mando Diao, Bob Dylan, Sonic Youth, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, The Velvet Underground, Calexico, Mumford and Sons...
but I wouldn't really know what good music is as I am rhythmically and musically incredibly challenged

- movies: some movie adaptions of books: Into the Wild, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, for example. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Lammbock, Pulp Fiction, Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Big Lebowski, A Serious Man, Eyes Wide Shut, Lucky Number Slevin, Clerks, Fight Club, Pi, Requiem for a Dream, Bob Dylan: No Direction Home, When You're Strange, Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet
Kubrick, Aronofsky, Scorcese and Tarantino

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Working as a volunteer in national parks around Arizona
Hiking the Highlands in Scotland

Teach, Learn, Share

I don't feel confident enough to teach, but I'm open to talk about anything!

Countries I've Visited

Canada, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, Germany, United Kingdom

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