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Doing what I love for a living
I grew up in Casablanca, Morocco and left home at 17 for studies. Since then, I've studied and worked in Paris, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Cape Town, Nairobi and Toronto, which makes me identify as a world citizen. I'm currently completing my Masters in Toronto in the field of Impact Investing - i.e. finance with social and environmental purpose!
What makes me happy is making deep human connections. You know that moment when you're having a long, uninterrupted, one-to-one conversation with someone, and you're both so openhearted that you start learning things about yourself while listening to each other? And you realize how we're all trying to give meaning to our lives, and how amazing it is to share individual experiences that are utterly unique, yet that inspire each other in their own pursuit of happiness. If we all did this regularly, maybe we'd be more compassionate and responsible humans =).
Although trying to be responsible and all, I don't take myself too seriously. I like making a fool of myself playing the guitar and singing in the street, telling silly jokes, talking to random people... As long as it helps people smile a little more!
PS : No need to reveal your whole life-story to me if you want to host me or stay at my place haha, I'm generally quite happy hanging out, grabbing some food or going for a hike with couchsurfers!
"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 and Ottawa! Every single experience was amazing, and I've never been disappointed by a CSer =).
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
- rock climbing
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'll 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, 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