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Melike Ercan

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Overview

  • 49 Positive References1 Negative
  • Fluent in English, Turkish; learning German, Russian
  • 26, Female
  • Member since 2010
  • Computer Engineering, Translation, T...
  • METU Computer Engineering, Wroclaw U...
  • From İzmir, Turkey
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

If you want to be happy, be! -- Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy

ABOUT ME

Well, I am software engineer. I moved to Melbourne recently.

I am interested in different countries, different cultures and all of the people on Earth! I love involving in multicultural-intercultural projects and activities. I promised to myself that I would walk on streets of different cities whenever I find enough time. And I am a woman of my word! While I am traveling to new places, I use my camera a lot and I like trying traditional cuisine and drinks and learning at least few sayings in the country's language. I also like making friends from all over the world.

PHILOSOPHY

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Living in a touristic place in Turkey, I had the chance to meet travelers and some of them were CouchSurfers.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

As Host: Turkey, Poland, Austria, Australia As Guest: Germany, Russia, Austria, Czech Republic, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, Ukraine, Serbia

Interests

I realized that it becomes harder to find a really interesting person for me. No offense. I know we are each unique and special but we are really so alike...

I would like to meet the ones who are nice and comforting towards people, saying nice things to others, trying to see anything good about anyone. I know there exist people flirting with any earthling and making them happy. It is just hard to find them :D

Traveling Different countries, different cultures and all of the people on Earth! Traditional cuisine and drinks of different cities. Taking photos. Languages. Reading. Cooking. ;) Boardgames Exploring different personalities and making friends!

Music, Movies & Books

Music: Gogol Bordello, Amorf Ordogok, Besh O Drom, Bjork, Leonard Cohen, Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Tori Amos, Taraf de Haidouks, The Knife, Madonna ...

Books: I am a Kindle lover, first of all ;) Bulgakov, Michael Foucault, Orhan Pamuk, Amos Tutuola, Shonagon, Knut Hamsun, G.David Roberts, Bukowski, M.W. Gombrowicz, Roald Dahl, Maxim Gorky, N.V. Gogol, Aziz Nesin, Kafka...

Movies: Tim Burton

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Each day I travel has the potential of being amazing. As Eugene Hutz says:

And as we're crossing border after border We realize that difference is none It's underdogs who, and if you want it You always have to make your own fun

Teach, Learn, Share

I like language tandem. I can serve with English and Turkish and I am interested in learning Russian and German.

In Vienna, I took part in many cooking events and both cooked and learned how to cook traditional dishes from other countries. Well, it might be a good chance to try how much I learned and got experience. In short: I can cook for you. - vegetarian only ;)

I can also help you with programming and computer science.. haha :D

What I Can Share With Hosts

I am offering to host you in my flat on St. Kilda Road. It is 3.5 km to the Flinders Train Station in CBD.

You will be staying in my living room. (up to 3 nights) The couch is large enough for 2 people. I have extra blanket, pillow, linens etc.

There are few key information that I would like to remind you:

-- Requests sent only one or two days before are rejected. Please do not even bother to send. I find it rude because if I do not response immediately, my response rate i the app decreases. -- Melbourne is expensive. It really is. But please do not make me and my flatmate think that you are couchsurfing just to save from accommodation costs during your travel. We would like to be friends. -- Both me and my flatmate work 9-5 in the city. We need our sleep. So please be respectful. -- Nobody likes cleaning after the guests leave or during their stay. -- We like cooking. But you are also expected to give us a hand. Sharing the work makes it easier :) -- We would like to take you out, discover some places with you, go to CS or Meet-up events with you and show you around. Please let us know what do you expect from us. What kind of events you like, dietary requirements, what are you interested in (history or arts or something else)

Countries I've Visited

Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, Austria, Poland, Turkey

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