Jonathan Karstadt

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Jonathan Karstadt

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

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  • Fluent in English, German; learning Czech, Dutch, French, Russian, Slovak
  • 25, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Campaign Coordinator at Anti-Racism NGO
  • BA Modern Languages, University of Sheffield
  • From Barnet, North London
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About Me

My name is Jonathan (but almost everyone I know calls me "Jono"). I'm originally from England, but am currently living in Amsterdam, where I work at a human rights organisation. I'm really interested by all sorts of culture (film, music, art, literature...) and my secret dream is to be a prize-winning novelist. Although I generally act quite laid-back, I'm quite a restless spirit, and don't tend to stay in one place for too long - I moved to Amsterdam in March, and will probably move on to somewhere else at the beginning of next year.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Surf, host, meet, explore, discover, laugh, create...


I first discovered Couchsurfing when I was traveling around Europe in 2009. I was trying to get from Munich to Vienna, and eventually got there via the ridesharing website Mitfahrgelegenheit. The people I mitfahr-ed with were so nice that they offered to host me in Vienna, and I had an amazing weekend with them. I decided that I wanted all my weekends to be like this, and that's when my host Cosima mentioned Couchsurfing... the rest is history. I have surfed all over Europe and hosted in London, Sheffield and Vienna, met so many amazing people and had so many incredible experiences thanks to CS. Being a Couchsurfer has definitely been a life-changing experience for me.


Pretty much everything interests me. Languages, travel, films, literature, music, art (, politics... and of course the mighty Spurs! (That is the football team Tottenham Hotspur. I love football, both playing and watching, even though I am the worst football player of all time by quite a long way.)

Music, Movies, and Books


Some of my favourite authors in no particular order: Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Bulgakov, Bely, Kundera, Skvorecky, Hemingway, Kafka, Hesse, Daniel Kehlmann, Jonathan Coe, Nick Hornby, Donna Tartt, Carson McCullers, Murakami, Kerouac....


All kinds, folk, electronic, post-rock, jazz, hip-hop, classical, some rock and indie. My favourite artists include Bonobo, Fourtet, Floex, Funki Porcini, Dels, Doseone, Aesop Rock, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Mogwai, This Will Destroy You, Explosions in the Sky, Andrew Bird, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Belle and Sebastian, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Bartok, Beethoven, Chopin, .. the list goes on...


My favourite directors include Krzysztof Kieslowski, Milos Forman, Andrei Tarkovsky, Richard Linklater, Wes Andersen, Coen Brothers, Jean-Pierre Melville and Mike Leigh.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I ran a marathon once. Not sure I will do it again...

Teach, Learn, Share

I can share my travel experiences, which would be particularly interesting for people who want to know about hitchhiking, wild camping etc.

I'm interested in people showing me their own style of artwork, indeed any kind of art, music, literature you make...

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Austria, Czech Republic, Russian Federation, United Kingdom

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