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Doing what I love for a living
I grew up in Casablanca, Morocco and left home for studies when I was 17. Since then, I've lived in Paris, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Cape Town, Nairobi and Toronto, which all became home to me. I'm currently finishing my Masters in Toronto in the field of Impact Investing - i.e. finance with a social or environmental purpose!
Making deep human connections is what keeps me happy. Having those long, uninterrupted, one-to-one conversation with people where you start learning things about yourself just listening to each other... Realizing how we're all trying to give meaning to our lives, and get inspired by each other's pursuit of happiness! Sometimes I think that if we all did this regularly, we might be more compassionate and responsible humans =).
Although trying to be responsible and all, I try not to take life too seriously. I love self-deprecation, absurd humour, playing guitar and singing in the streets, talking to random people... As long as it helps us smile a little more!
"Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, but it's very important that you do it"------- Gandhi
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
By telling everybody about CS... and compelling them to sign in >=(
I've surfed in Brussels, Vienna, Budapest, Ljubljana, Milan, Torino, Lille, Toulouse, Bruges, Gent, Lausanne, Copenhagen, Brussels, Leuven, Barcelona, Johannesburg, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Detroit, Mexico City and Philadelphia! Every single experience was amazing, and I've never been disappointed by a couchsurfer =).
Hosted once in December 2011 in Paris for the NYE, and once in 2015 in Cape Town with my housemate Sandy Juhel!
Composing and playing music, watching indie cinema, cooking vegetarian/vegan food, swimming, running, climbing, learning languages
Music, Movies, and Books
Favorite directors : Stanley Kubrick, Joel and Ethan Cohen, Jim Jarmusch, Paul Thomas Anderson
Music : Applause, Alt-J, James Blake, Vampire Weekend, Bombay Bicycle Club, Tame Impala, Chet Baker, Nina Simone, Keziah Jones, BB King, Charlie Parker, C2C, Wax Tailor, Massive Attack, Chinese Man, Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Brel, The Beatles, Hocus Pocus, Fairouz, King Krule, Moby, S.o.j.a, Patrice, Ottis Redding, Miles Davis, Jeff Buckley...
Books : Luc Ferry, Herman Hesse, Elif Shafak, Jack Kerouac, Nabokov, Oscar Wilde, Romain Gary, Raymond Queneau...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Milan, 10pm, a friend and I missed our train, and had to wait for the next one at 7am. So we : slept in the street next to two girls from Danemark, woke up at 4am, their money and passports were gone, lead them to the police station, missed the other train, waited for another, slept 2 hours inside, been kicked out cause our interrail pass expired the day before, found ourselves in Parma, walked 5 kilometers to reach the highway, tried to hitchhike, been kicked out from the gas station by the police, went back to the train station, spent all our money to buy tickets, arrived in Roma, took a metro, another train, a bus, a shuttle bus, had to wait an hour outside during a storm, arrived at our camp at 11 pm... and starved because all shops were closed, and we had absolutely no food during the previous 24 hours. It was fun though.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach the guitar, percussions, French, Arabic, how to cook tajines... You just have to ask!
I'll try to learn whatever you can teach me.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, France, Kenya, Malaysia, Morocco, Singapore, South Africa