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  • Fluent in English, French, Polish, Russian, Spanish; learning Albanian, German, Hungarian, Italian, Kyrgyz, Serbian, Uzbek
  • 31, Other
  • Member since 2010
  • Joe = freelancer
  • Stef = ecologist
  • From Detroit, MI, USA
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About Me

Hi! We're Stephanie and Joe. Stephanie is Polish-Mexican from Detroit and Joe was born and raised on the shores of Lake Michigan. We've been running around together since college, from Moscow to Timbuktu (literally), got hitched in Las Vegas one day when we were passing through, and now we work as traveling videographers and move around the globe producing documentary videos. Most recently we were based in Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia... we're currently located in Albania...

We have a website where you can learn more about who we are and what we do:


the early bird gets the worm (stef)
marmalade is tasty if it's very thickly spread (joe)

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Surfing and hosting
**We are COOKsurfers**
We love cooking together with our hosts and guests. Lately we're on a Korean food streak.


We've surfed and hosted in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.


filmmaking, music, bikes, cooking, exploring abandoned places, Camino de Santiago, cycling + making movies

Music, Movies, and Books

Joe's a drummer and studied film so he has a degree in being hip but not too trendy. Stephanie knows a lot of languages and likes reading books in their original language. Her idea of fun is learning even more languages.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Stef crossed the Mauritanian Sahara on an iron ore train.

Joe threw a paper airplane off the top of Huayna Picchu (but he usually believes in the Three R's).

Teach, Learn, Share

We've both lived and traveled in a lot of interesting places and we have lots of stories to swap. We enjoy collecting unexpected, imaginative, or quasi-legal travel tips.

We're interested in exploring sites and sights, but as church-and-monument tour guides we can only promise irreverence. We'd much rather take CSers on a bike ride through the hinterlands of Lake Ohrid, check out the abandoned mines, and explore for tortoises in the hills.

What I Can Share with Hosts


Joe can fix your bike

Stef can share her Updated Ultimate Albanian Language Learning Pack

Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Guinea-Bissau, India, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mali, Mauritania, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

Albania, Argentina, Chile, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, United States

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