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understand (and then change?) Brussels
I'm a critical urbanist, researcher and beginner activist. I try to be serious about world but not about myself.
Cities is what interests me the most: as the subject matter of my research, my workplace, and my home. Occasional trekking and cycling in the countryside remains a pleasant exception from my urban life.
In my current work as researcher at two local universities, I try to understand and improve urban transport in Brussels, one of the most puzzling and exciting cities I have ever experienced.
So, welcome to Brussels!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I surf, host, and surf again.
Cities | Languages | Music
Music, Movies, and Books
Speaking of music*: I play the piano, and listen to a lot of records.
Some of my favourites haven't changed for while: Frank Zappa, King Crimson, Sergei Prokofiev, The Doors, J.S. Bach, Mr. Bungle, Milosc, Nick Cave, David Bowie, Lech Janerka, Bela Bartok, Dmitri Shostakovich, Andrzej Panufnik, Lambchop, Grażyna Bacewicz, Alarm Will Sound, Mulatu Astatke, Jaromir Nohavica, Morphine, Papa Dance, Tom Petty, Witold Lutoslawski, Steve Reich, Thomas Adés, Klaus Wunderlich, Pink Freud, Art of Noise, David Lang, Einstuerzende Neubauten. Definitely NOT in this order.
And here's some new ones: Xavier Montsalvatge, William Onyebayor.
* "Talking about music is like dancing about architecture” (Frank Zappa, probably)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Naturally, a few.
- My mom and I shared a motorcycle taxi ride in Teheran
- I had some herbal tea with the heads of Tajik police and Tajik KGB
Teach, Learn, Share
What I Can Share with Hosts
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Spain