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Juliano Cottitto

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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  • 89 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, French; learning French, German, Italian, Korean
  • 27, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • House Flipper, Travellerer, Blogger,...
  • Physics, TESOL
  • From Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

I'm a pretty upbeat Italian guy that loves to cook and socialize. I have a degree in Physics, but I'm no Sheldon. I came back to Ottawa to help my family 'flip' houses (buy them, renovate them and sell them again). That's done now and I'm now on my next big adventure! I am hoping to travel around Europe and southeast Asia. The goal of this trip is to find somewhere I would love to live. I'm looking to travel and love meeting new people and learning about them and their life experiences (usually over a glass filled with some sort of liquid - tea, booze, coffee, etc).

I like to engage people on a deeply personal level. There is something intimate about letting someone into your home which establishes a pretty big bond of trust - and I feel like this allows many people in this community to open up and talk about themselves and learn much easier. So! If you come over expect to talk about everything academic, philosophical, personal, nonsensical, enlightening and more often than not just humorous banter.

Yea. The humorous banter is pretty much a staple in this house. That and spontaneous Disney songs. Also random dance offs in public.

My main goal is to meet others who have the adventurer's spirit, to plant memories that will last a lifetime with others, and to eat all the new food I can!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

As I have experienced more and more people and have heard the stories of many travelers I've really come to appreciate what Couchsurfing has brought into my life. I thought I would write it out here as it seems since there are a lot of new people and with the new site update a lot of the newer people are missing the whole point of CS: community and culture.

Couchsurfing is not about having a free place to stay. It's not the 'free version of AirBnb'. I've done AirBnb, I never met the people I was staying with. It's also not meant to be used as a way of picking up locals if you're lonely in a new city. This website is about meeting amazing people and they would show you the REAL city that you're visiting, not the trumped up touristy spots.

CS is about like-minded travelers getting together and recognizing that borders are just lines on a map. We are all contributing to enriching the lives of others and open ourselves for them to do the same. It is about depending on the decency of others (You're alone in a new city? No problem, crash at my place! Hungry? Hey let's eat together!) and making friends that will leave an impression on you. Yes, the free room is nice but it really is just a secondary perk.

I want to learn how you got to where you are now. Tell me about that amazing adventure that gave you a new life view, or that one person that really turned your world on its head. This is kind of the central idea behind couchsurfing as said by someone more eloquent that I: It's for finding out how similar you can be underneath superficialities like skin color, culture, religion, and language.


- Meeting and socializing with new people
- Finding hidden treasures in a city
- Always wanting to find how something works
- Piano
- Photography
- Food. Lots of food. All the new foods.
- Medical Physics
- Teaching (Math, Physics, English)
- Making lists

Music, Movies & Books

Too many books. If you stop by you'll see the library collection. Favourite books so far are Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Both books dealt with different problems in my life but were exactly what I needed at that point in time. I have a take one leave one policy at my house.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Decided to do a month long trip up California which turned into a four month trip up the entire west coast. I made a lot of good friends, discovered a lot about myself, what I look for in others (in friends and in a partner), did a good bit of adventuring and ate all the food I could place in front of me.

Teach, Learn, Share

If you're interested in learning how to make authentic Italian cuisine (pasta and pastries), I'm game.

I can also give beginner tips on massage, if you would like. It's always good to know for others, partners, and how not to hurt others while doing so.

Also if you would like to hear my philosophy on travelling, learning from others, and how I enriched my life... well, that's on the table as well.

What I Can Share With Hosts

So what can I share with my hosts? If you want to learn how to make Italian food I make a really good gnocchi dish.

Other than that I can offer good conversation and if I can I'll try to bring a piece of Canada's capital with me!

I'm also pretty strong so if you need help moving furniture I'm good to go, hahah!

Countries I've Visited

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

Countries I've Lived In


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