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  • Fluent in English; learning French, Spanish
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2011
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About Me


who knows? I surely don't.


Hi, I'm Mat, I'm a student in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. I'm an interested guy, curious about the world and the people in it. I like getting to know new people and places. I worked as a photojournalist in Cape Town, which was a great way to see the city in a different light. I like to think I've taken some of that influence with me, and I still shoot occasionally. I have a valid Private Pilot's Licence (small planes only) so I fly when I can, if I can.
I love to travel, some of my most fun memories have been on the road. These days it's mostly local, but I stay hopeful :)


Life shouldn't be taken too seriously
(and neither should I)

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I'll find that out as I go. So far I've participated in many CS events, I've been part of the CT "local cs crowd" which was amazing fun. Mostly, I make friends and show people around if I have time.


So far so good. Many fun times with the cs crew in Cape Town. I've surfed twice and haven't had a couch to host yet, so it's been more social than "classic" cs experience, but no less enjoyable for it. Hopefully I'll have occasion (and logistics) to host soon.


that's always a tricky question, "what are your hobbies?"
I dunno really. Stuff. I play soccer and ultimate, I hike, I play games, I take pictures, fly small planes, read, watch movies, the usual (besides the planes. I got lucky with that one).

  • photography
  • flying
  • movies
  • traveling
  • hiking
  • soccer

Music, Movies, and Books

another classic but tricky question. I'll read anything, watch anything, listen to anything. Any genre really, I do admit to being quite picky. To be honest my studies have kept me pretty busy and I've read one novel the entire year. Very sad.
A Case of Exploding Mangoes, Ian Banks, Jonny Steinberg, Ryszard Kapuściński
Fallen, the Departed, Lucky Number Slevin, in Bruges, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf other odd bits
I'll listen to a pretty wide range, but I never seem to remember artists, song names, or albums, as much as "that tune". I come back to 80's rock most often.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

My travels and my work as a photojournalist, sporadic as both have been, are probably the times in my life that mean the most to me/have defined me the most.

Teach, Learn, Share

What I can teach: photography, English, French
What I'd like to learn: kiSwahili, Spanish, and anything really.

Countries I’ve Visited

Italy, Kenya, Spain, Tanzania, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

France, Réunion, South Africa

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