Ioana Zorbescu

Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

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  • Fluent in English, Japanese, Romanian; learning German, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
  • 25, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Student
  • Grad School
  • From Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
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About Me

Finding 42 different answers to life, the universe and everything.

Currently in grad school in Japan. I'm taking a few years to figure out some things about the world and society so that I'll be of more help when I get back to Romania. Despite being a social scientist, I'm actually quite shy and awkward.


I live to learn.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I used to travel around Europe every now and then, invading people's couches. Now, I don't really participate all that much. I'm planning on traveling more, though.


I joined Couchsurfing some years ago when I started surfing people's couches. Afterwards I got my own place and started hosting.


I like to read and take long walks.

Music, Movies, and Books

Dan Rhodes, Joey Comeau, Erich Maria Remarque, Heinrich Boell, His Dark Materials, The Dark Tower, Toni Morrison, Banana Yoshimoto, Paul Auster, Bogdan Suceava, Cezar Paul Badescu, Ernesto Sabato.

Streetlight Manifesto, NOFX, Anti-Flag, Bad Religion, Die Toten Hosen, Dropkick Murphys, Morphine, and anything that would have a good mosphit live.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

When I was young, big bands didn't use to come to Romania, so I would save up and go see them around Europe, one by one. It was my main incentive for travelling, and by now I can say that I've seen most of my favourites at least one, though at 15 it was just a dream. This is quite dull by Westerner standards, though :P

Some of my most fond memories are these random unexpected moments when the world seems quite right for a few seconds, but they are difficult to describe.

Teach, Learn, Share

I have managed to pick up the most random of trivia over the years, and since I'm quite a chatterbox I will probably end up sharing them ^^'. Some people like my travel stories, but I don't think they're anything exceptional.

I love learning about people's own experiences and their culture. One thing I noticed upon leaving my country is how the smallest details can be unique to one's experience, and the more you exchange impressions the more you realise how your own view is influenced by external influences.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Uruguay

Countries I’ve Lived In

Japan, Romania

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