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Pass my sail boat skipper license, and picture my hat (Chappy) in Japan before the end of the year !
Born in France, I now live in Tel-Aviv, amazing city which can give at the same time the feeling of NY and of a small village in the Middle East ! I like to wander around, picture graffiti, eat at old fashioned eateries, write songs, play them sometimes, read, dance, talk and cook !
Currently working in show production of cultural events in TLV (theater, concerts, stand-up comedies, etc.).
- Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught
- The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I host and travel, attend CS events, and when I can, I give info and recommendations to surfers !
I Started surfing about 4 and half years ago, I was a guest and a host, and all were amazing experiences.
Sailing, creative entrepreneurship projects, documentary movies, street art photography, music from around the world, internet design, go game, Chinese tea, literature, history, architecture...
- street art
Music, Movies, and Books
Books: Mr. Vertigo (Paul Auster), Yesterday's world (Stephen Zweig), Narcis & Goldmund (Herman Hess), the Chosen (H.Potok), Memories of a disturbed yound man (Beigbeder), Albert Cohen (Belle du Seigneur, les Valeureux), Jean-Francois Deniau (the sea is round, etc.), Dostoievsky (The idiot, Crime & Punishment), Werber, Houellebecq, Romain Gary (all !!), Amin Maalouf (Les jardins de lumieres, Tanios' Rock) , Irvin Yalom (And Nietszche cried, etc.),
Movies: "Biutiful" (Inaritu) - amazing ! "Requiem for a dream" (Aronofsky), "la vie rêvée des anges" (Zonca), "l'Enfant" (freres Dardennes), "American Beauty" (Mendes), "Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless mind" (Gondry), Mr. Nobody (Van Dormael), Into the wild, Independance day (!), Melanie Laurent (as actress and director !), The King's speech, Jacques Audiard, Spike Lee, Gus Van Sant, Clint Eastwood (the director !), The Coen Brothers, etc.
Music: the Strokes, the Beatles, The Bee Gees, The servant, The Decemberists (and a few more "the"s bands), Little Richard, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Primal Scream, Yodelice, Kean, Coldplay, The Postal Service, Souchon, Gainsbourg, Brassens, Soko, most of the Banai family members... Aviatar Banai, Ehud Banai, Mashina (Yuval Banai !) and a few cool Russian bands I discovered recently (Victor Choi, Duna, DDT, Kanietz Filma, etc.)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Seen: the breathtaking view of the Peruvian jungle from the Machu pichu; the mystical beauty of the Taj Mahal, the intertwined complexity of the three monotheisms in the old city of Jerusalem; the Mausoleums of Samarcand, the antique center of the old silk road; the wonders of Angkor Vat, the majesty of the red square;
Done: fell in love with a giant Manta Ray (Rosa !) in the Carabian sea near the French island of Guadeloupe; played the guitar in front of a metro station in Saint Petersburg with the goal to earn enough money for a Borch... failed at earning even a single rouble - Russians don't appreciate good music, but I had a lot of fun !! Got kidnapped by fake jewelries scamers in India (interesting memories :) !!
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach you how to cook great French 'Boeuf Bourguignon' or Moroccan 'lemon chicken tagine', to jungle with 3 balls, how to play the ancient Chinese go game; the basic principles of photography, especially with regards to picturing your hat; I can tell you about TLV's history and architecture, show the coolest hidden places around town, and share a few tricks about happiness theory and positive psychology.
Countries I’ve Visited
Bahamas, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mauritius, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Russian Federation, Spain, Thailand, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, Israel, Morocco, Spain, United States