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Nauman Malik

Palo Alto, California, United States

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  • 47 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Hindi, Spanish, Urdu
  • 40, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • IT/ Business / Investing
  • AA, BA, MS, MBA
  • From Washington, DC
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About Me


Live life on new terms.


I have lived in the US for the past 25 years. I have travelled to 45 or 50 countries (but I think I'm just learning to travel well now). It's a great way to broaden my horizons and see what people all around the world consider a "good life". Live and let live.

Recently, I went to Africa where I saw the wonders of ancient Egypt and the beautiful wildlife of Kenya. Then Thailand, starting in Chiang Mai (loved it - mostly because of my CS host) and then made my way south to the beautiful islands. Then it was Malaysia (KL and Melaka). After Singapore came Bali. What a beautiful place. Hosted my first CS gathering in Ubud, Bali. Why not, right? And my birthday too. 25 CSers showed up! Finally Kowloon and Hong Kong to end that particular trip.

2nd part of this amazing personal journey of discovery and growth commenced next. New countries explored were Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Tibet (life-changing experience really), Nepal.

Then explored Eastern Europe (Serbia and Ukraine) and Russia (want to return when it's warmer).....and was trying to make my way back to Koh Samui, Thailand where I wanted to stay for a while. But I have returned home to the US for now to take a break before I embark on the 3rd part of this transforming trip. Oh, I did get away recently from the winter cold for 10 days to Costa Rica!

Next and final part of the journey saw me on a cruise of the Yasawa Islands of Fiji, then Hong Kong, Macau, a bit of mainland China again (Dongguan), and finally the Philippines at the very end. The tarsier monkey was the highlight in Bohol!

I've since settled in Palo Alto, California.....the beating heart of Silicon Valley and home to Stanford University. I love it.


Live and let live. 6.7 billion of us and just one Earth. The middle way is the best.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


Meet people to reduce misconceptions and prejudices. Take the "middle way". Make new friendships through CS. Maintain them on Facebook or through other venues. Tell everyone I meet about how CS is not about a free place to crash but a cultural exchange medium and a way of life. Don't abuse it!


I'm low-maintenance and conscientious. Have had great CS experiences in Chiang Mai, Phuket, KL, Melaka, Singapore, Bali, Hong Kong, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap, Saigon, China, Tibet, Nepal, Serbia, Russia, Philippines, and Hong Kong. Also Fiji. Have also made many new CSer friends along the way.


Buddhist temples, multicultural places/events/ideas, warm & aquamarine waters, scuba diving, hiking, trying new cuisines, film, digital photography, meeting open minded and interested/interesting people. I like words and languages. Writing is a persistent, though sporadic, hobby.

Music, Movies & Books

Love Actually, Blade Runner, Sideways, Lost in Translation, LOTR, Dirty Pretty Things, Children of Men, Master and Commander, The English Patient, Wedding Crashers, Gladiator, V for Vendetta, Scent of a Woman, The Truman Show, Luck by Chance (Bollywood), The Artist.

Books: Lonely Planet (all of them); many others (just ask me).

One Amazing Thing I've Done

The starriest sky from atop Mauna Kea mountain on the Big Island of Hawaii. I was above the clouds and looking up at the milky way feeling the cold breeze in my face. Bungy jumped in Phuket from 50 meters. It was one of the most frightening things I've ever done. Also one of the most enervating. In Bali, came close to two giant manta rays while scuba diving in pristine waters. Came within 2 meters of a big mola mola in Nusa Penida! Spent the night freezing at Everest Base Camp in a tent and then woke up to a clear morning view of nature's boldest achievement.

Teach, Learn, Share

"In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists." --Eric Hoffer

"There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning." --Louis L'Amour

"When faced with adversity, be thankful for such opportunities come by not so often."
--Dharma Master Cheng Yen

"Between ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there lies a field....I'll meet you there." --Rumi

"Everything beautiful is cracked; that's how the light gets in." --Leonard Cohen

"There are years that ask questions and years that answer." --Zora Neale Hurston

"The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long." --Eldon Tyrel ("Blade Runner")

"Heaven wheels above you, displaying to you her eternal glories, and yet your eyes are on the ground." --Dante Alighieri

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