Jon Shock

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Jon Shock

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish
  • 36, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • Theoretical physics researcher
  • PhD
  • From Oxford, UK
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About Me


Enjoy living within and experiencing different cultures, trying new tastes, hearing new sounds, seeing sights that blow me away.


I'm a theoretical physicist trying to make his way in this confusing universe. I'm currently spending 2-3 years in a few countries working in various universities, learning and researching as I go, attempting to pick up the local languages, meet as many interesting people and have as many amazing experiences as possible.

For a bit more of an idea about what makes me get up every morning, take a look at my blog (


You rarely regret the things you do. You usually regret the things you don't do.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Lots of hosting these days!

Please read my profile if you want to stay. I usually get a dozen or so requests a week and the majority of them are impersonal bulk emails. You're much more likely to get a positive response with a personal request.


I host a lot these days and have had so many wonderful conversations, meals, laughs, and experiences with people from around the world that it has really brought a new dimension of richness to my life. It's a wonderful way to bridge gaps and to bring people together. I hope to do more surfing myself in the future, but for now I'm very happy to host whenever I can.


Understanding, traveling, eating, reading, movies, music, photographing, people, places, culture, sports, sleeping, waking, sitting, dancing, talking, drinking...the normal and then some more.

Music, Movies, and Books

Books: Steinbeck, Marquez, Murakami, Hemmingway, Green, Kundera, Rushdie, Moore, Joyce, Roy, David Mitchel, confusing and thought provoking...

Movies: Kim Ki Duk, Wong Kar Wai, Herzog, Moodyson, Miike, the weird and the wonderful...

Music: The Beatles, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Amon Tobin, , The Roots, Holly Golightly, David Bowie, Jurassic 5, Sonic Youth, Miles Davis, Ryan Adams, Fats Waller, Susumu Yokota, DJ Shadow, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Billie Holiday, Plaid, Louis Armstrong, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jackson C Frank, The Libertines, Badly Drawn Boy, The Kinks, Arvo Pärt, Beastie Boys, Aphex Twin, Oscar Peterson, Nightmares on Wax, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Duke Ellington, Boards of Canada, Bert Jansch, John Coltrane, Elastica, Röyksopp, Kings of Leon, Daft Punk, Tom Waits, Four Tet

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Living in china for two years, travelling in Sichuan and talking with the locals, walking through the temples of Kyoto and the Kimberley mountains in Australia, drinking in the bars in Tokyo and stumbling through the morning light of Beijing, cycling from Land´s End to John O´groats - that may seem like more than one but it's all part and parcel of the same thing!

visited 34 states (15.1%)Create your own visited map of The World or website vertaling duits?

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach: All you wanted to know about the universe but were afraid to ask - well, try me anyway. I love to explain the work I do, and try to enthuse people about how incredible the workings of our world really are!

Learn: About cultures, people, views, languages, music. If you can teach me home recipes I'm always on the lookout.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Belgium, China, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom

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