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  • Fluent in English, German; learning Czech, Dutch, French, Russian, Slovak
  • 27, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Between things
  • BA Modern Languages, University of Sheffield
  • From Barnet, England, United Kingdom
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About Me

My name is Jonathan (but almost everyone I know calls me "Jono"). 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 - but after a couple of years living abroad and a summer of travelling I'm moving back to London in September, and plan to stay for a while...

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, Vienna and Amsterdam, 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.)

  • arts
  • culture
  • literature
  • human rights
  • social action
  • politics
  • movies
  • traveling
  • music
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • camping
  • soccer
  • history
  • languages
  • public policy
  • hitchhiking
  • cooperation
  • radical politics

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, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Netherlands, Russian Federation, United Kingdom

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