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  • 26 References 14 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Italian; learning German
  • 29, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Education
  • Systems Design, University of Waterloo
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About Me


Understand my place in this world


I'm a feminist, and a queer. I challenge assumptions and break boundaries.


Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I've hosted many people, from CS and outside CS. I've surfed a few couches in Italy, France, and Canada, plus been to a few CS community events in the places i've been.


I surfed a few couches during my first trip to Italy in June 2009. I enjoyed it very much and always recommend CS to my friends thinking of travelling.


Education, feminism, dancing, design, complexity theory, technology, programming, python programming language, hating on Javascript, appropriate technology, activism, human rights, creative commons, gadgets, computers, open source everything, news, philosophy, photography, international development, environment, architecture, urban planning, life, the universe and everything

  • architecture
  • design
  • photography
  • dancing
  • education
  • environment
  • human rights
  • womens rights
  • cooking
  • technology
  • news
  • traveling
  • teaching

Music, Movies, and Books

I always have my headphones on, I have a very wide range of music, from Vivaldi, passing by The Beatles, Fairuz, Nina Simone, Um Kalthoum, and ending with Daft Punk, Cut Copy and the local band performing in the bar. Fairuz, Ziad Rahbani and Mayada Bseles have a special place in my heart.

I've been listening to a lot of podcasts recently. Radiolab, This American Life, On The Media, The Moth, Snap Judgement, etc...

I try to follow a pattern: one non-fiction book, followed by a fiction book, and alternate, until the day i die. My list of books if rather long, and i try to keep it as diverse as possible.

New Yorker Fiction Podcast gave me a newfound appreciation for short fiction. I'm enjoying Donald Barthelme, Jorge Luis Borges, Margret Atwood, Italo Calvino, and more.

Princess Mononake, Spirited Away, Ponyo, (Obviously I have deep love for Hayao Miyazaki), Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Fantastic Mr Fox (again, deep love for Wes Anderson), Dead Poets Society, Waltz With Bashir, Juno, Motorcycle Diaries, Paradise Now, V for Vendetta, Scent of a Woman, Amelie, Happy Feet

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Watched sunrise and sunset near Palmyra in the Syrian desert.

Watched Beirut transition from day to night from Ain Saade mountain.

Fell in love while traveling.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you some Arabic, some Syrian cooking. Have long chats about anything that makes you excited, passionate, intense. You can expect me to ask the right questions at the right times :)

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Poland, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, Germany, Italy, Syrian Arab Republic

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