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I am a wayward nomad Canadian, who obviously loves to travel. I am truly happiest with a backpack on my back and a ticket to...anywhere. Traveling has basically become my lifes obsession, and I love it.
I currently am living in Istanbul, teaching English.
Besides travel, i like many things. I love art in all its forms, particularly the written word. I love learning new things and being inspired by new settings, i love adventures and good company, and also being alone. I enjoy a free spirited life and having all my most important possessions in one bag.
Traveling and writing go hand in hand for me, as changing scenery and absurd situations bring fresh perspectives and knowledge of the world leads to better knowledge of myself. I have done some "travel writing", and hope to do more of it in the future.
"what is to give light must endure burning"- viktor frankl
"Freedom is something that dies unless its used"
"Those who do not move, cannot feel their chains"
"I have learned to walk: since then I have run. I have learned to fly: since then I do not have to be pushed in order to move. Now I am nimble, now I fly, now I see myself under myself, now a god dances within me.
- F. Nietzsche
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I obviously like meeting people of different cultures!! Its great to just meet for coffee or tea or beer or whatever and explore new places with the help of someone who actually lives there! I think this site is amazing and my traveling experiences have been so much better because of it. Im not so concerned with finding a "free" place to sleep...and often stay in hostels just for the central location, but i ALWAYS love to meet up with locals and spend time with them. Couchsurfing is about who you meet, not just saving money!
Once im settled down (maybe) one day...id love to repay the favour and help out other travelers! until then, i will just try and engage as many people i come across in my adventures, in good conversation and hopefully they enjoy the experience as much as i surely do. :)
so many great experiences. I met amazing people off of here in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey and Morocco... hung out alot, stayed with several couchsurfers in various places, from a tent in the Wadi Rum Desert to a blockaded suburb of Damascus during the beginnings of the uprisings. Every experience i have had has been memorable!
Art, Music, Writing, Traveling, Sufism, Feminism, Mysticism, Religion....
Music, Movies, and Books
Micheal Gondry Films, Baraka, Hideous Kinky, Bladerunner, Cheesy 80's flicks, things with subtitles.
alternative 80's music (The Cure, Siouxsie, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Bauhaus, Peter Murphy, The Clash etc.) Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Matt Good, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Fleetwood Mac, triphop, synthpop, britpop, everything..
Rumi, Hafiz, Rilke, Nietzsche, Paulo Coelho, Elif Shafak, Milan Kundera, Anais Nin, Emil Cioran, Rimbaud, "the little prince"
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
the first call to prayer, moments before sunrise, while wandering the streets of old Aleppo having stayed up all night...getting lost in the narrow alleys of old Damascus...the Wadi Rum desert by night, sleeping on a rock with foxes circling my "bed"...the Giza plateau in Egypt, with no other tourists to obstruct the view of the Pyramids..the gorgeous countryside of northern Iraq...the surreal beauty of Cappadocia in Turkey....the amazing vibrant city of Istanbul, Turkey...Nowruz in Iran...sleeping in Saharan Sand dunes...hiking the mountains of Ethiopia and eating lunch with Baboons....feeding a wild hyena from my hands...howler monkeys in the jungle at Palenque, Mexico...driving across the Golden Gate in San Francisco...looking out off the empire state building in New york city...the top of St. Peters in Rome...the cemetarys of Paris...the canals of Venice...meeting Robert Smith in Vancouver Canada!! hehe. all amazing! i love my life. :)
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach you cooking, writing, and give you travel advice, as well as discuss lots of random bits of knowledge, from reading tarot cards to 80's postpunk music trivia to sewing to ancient history.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I've traveled a LOT in the Middle East, and lived in both Turkey and Egypt...so mostly information related to that!! As well, I can share my zest for adventure, and willingness to try any crazy idea or plan...:)
Countries I’ve Visited
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Palestine, Romania, Serbia, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey