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Engin Ertan

Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

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  • 143 Positive References5 Neutral
  • Fluent in English, German, Spanish, Turkish; learning Portuguese, Spanish
  • 62, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • Management consultant, cultural mana...
  • By the people on the street before t...
  • From Turkey
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About Me


Communication among cultures is the bridge to the solution of peace.


Keen on the goodness of everybody.

I am comitted to non-commitment. -Federico Fellini

I am a surfer and a host, actively since 1974: http://www.couchsurfing.org/image_gallery.html?id=B7G9PF&folder=&skip=0#174091

Know Istanbul very well as a traveler and a photographer.

Night and day person. Enjoy talking and listening...

Don't shout, whisper; don't fight, touch!

Slow DOWN; pleasure UP!

Was a "boy of details", then am a "man of details" :)

I can't tolerate positional thinking. Prefer universal thinking! You ask me when you meet me!

Interested in knowing all the segments of the society, like men, women, children, mothers, patients, workers, teachers, doctors, bookkeepers (...) that leads me to empathy at a high level.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. (Mahatma Gandhi)

Cultural operator/photographer. Enjoyed the company of many cultures, people. Extensive traveler myself. Want to exhibit that people are similar in spirit whoever, wherever, whenever... Member of the Greek-Turkish Friendship Association

Fund raising for Chile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telethon

Info on the culture of Turkey: "http://www.kultur.gov.tr/EN/BelgeGoster.aspx?17A16AE30572D3130239EEA0FCDF038BAD45AD5650A10F61"

Sharing my love to Istanbul and get the feel of my country before you visit: http://www.letsgoistanbul.com/siteindex.htm http://www.360tr.com/

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


I have been doing surfing and hosting since 1972. Heard about the CS on the BBC, the next day I was a member.

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Joined and enjoyed The 1st, 2nd. and 4th. Greek-Turkish Friendship Meetings and the 1st. Bulgarian-Turkish Friendship Meeting.

More will come!


Art, photography, music, culture, cooking, psychology, philosophy, sports, swimming.

Recent Portfolio's: http://www.spraygraphic.com/enginertan

Some other photos are on the links below:



My Projects:


Istanbul... Istanbul... Istanbul... Istanbul... Istanbul... Istanbul... Istanbul... Istanbul... http://www.xfacebookvideo.com/video.php?idx=5footr4q13gp8iz

Music, Movies & Books

About Art and Artists (Sigmund Freud) http://www.amazon.com/Writings-Art-Literature-Meridian-Aesthetics/dp/0804729727/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1278779080&sr=1-3-fkmr0

Letters to Gala (Paul Eluard) http://www.amazon.com/Letters-Gala-European-Sources-Eluard/dp/1557781192/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1278778185&sr=1-1

Jitterburg Perfume (Tom Robbins) http://www.ebooks.com/ebooks/book_display.asp?IID=192415

The Forty Rules of Love (Elif Shafak) http://www.amazon.com/Forty-Rules-Love-Novel-Rumi/dp/0670021458/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1258029485&sr=8-2

The Feeling Good (Dr. David Burns) http://www.amazon.com/Feeling-Good-Handbook-David-Burns/dp/0452281326/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1258029759&sr=1-1

The School of Gods (Stefano Elio D'Anna) http://www.amazon.com/School-Gods-Stefano-Elio-DAnna/dp/0956071627/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1258029899&sr=1-1

Land Of The Dragonfly (by M.S.A. Serifoglu) http://www.amazon.com/Land-Dragonfly-M-S-Serifoglu/dp/1419629743/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1258029973&sr=1-1 . Istanbul (by Orhan Pamuk): http://www.amazon.com/Istanbul-Memories-City-Orhan-Pamuk/dp/1400033888/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276645836&sr=1-1 . Dostoevsky; Zorba The Greek (the book, not the film); Outsider (by Camus); The Plauge (Camus) ; Sidharta; The Glass Bead Game (Hesse); Death in Venice(Thomas Mann) . Jazz (Miles, Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Don Sebasky, Dave Grusin, ...); acid jazz; soul; classical music (Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Bizet)... . philosophy, psychology

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Photography is my spirit. How it started and developed is amazing. It's my drive! Opening exhibitions in Siberia has been the amazing thing. The audience is warm, interested and open. Looking forward to experiencing the next six of them.

Teach, Learn, Share

I'm prepared to support anyone with the common problems of photography.

Can arrange a photo-safari and a photo workshop or master class in Turkey.

Can introduce the Turkish cousine and teach cooking.

Here are some ways to celebrate CouchSurfing Day by giving and sharing: http://www.couchsurfing.org/channel_read.html?gid=13347&post=5917425

Couchsurfing Tips: http://www.couchsurfing.com/wiki/Category:Tips

I recommend the following page for women to feel confident along their travels and for men to understand/respect their female surfers: http://www.couchsurfing.com/wiki/Solo_women

I welcome the newcomers and support their orientation around the CS :)

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Poland, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

Egypt, Germany, Turkey

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