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Overview

  • 3 References 3 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, French; learning Arabic, Hebrew (modern), Spanish
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Researches democracy and human rights
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • From Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

1. Reducing my environmental footprint to a minimum
2. Filling up my playlists with the best dancing music from around the world (doing well on Latin America, the Balkans, and North Africa; less well on South and East Asia)

ABOUT ME

I've had the chance of living in many different places, including France, Israel, Germany and the United States. I'm easy going, I adapt to any lifestyle or circumstances, and I'm (I think, and hope) pretty easy to get along with. I'm trying to adopt a low-waste, low-carbon, low-animal (including human) suffering lifestyle.

I work on human rights and democracy (and more generally on how societies can be more egalitarian and just) so I'm always most interested in the history and political context of the places I visit, and rather than read it in history books, I prefer hearing from people who've lived it!

And I'm always looking for new music! At the moment I'm very much into Cumbia and Son Jarocho (from Veracruz, Mexico), but I love Gipsy music, Klezmer, Arab, and fusion music.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I've gotten along very well with everyone whose couch I've slept on, whether in Boston, Tunis or New Orleans. Unfortunately, I live with roommates so I haven't been able to host much...

Interests

Love discussing politics, international or domestic; hearing about other societies and cultures; being in the wild, far from anything; eating good and new food; watching good films, meaning those which make you think or feel; meeting new people and hearing about their lives; playing soccer or trying new sports; learning new things, hard and social science; music

  • animals
  • dining
  • politics
  • movies
  • chess
  • music
  • sports
  • soccer
  • astronomy
  • biology
  • history
  • physics
  • science
  • social science

Music, Movies, and Books

Films:
Turtles can fly
Pan's Labyrinth
Old Boy (the original, Korean version, of course)
Inglorious Bastards
The Band's Visit
Billy Elliot
Mother (Madeo)
Twelve and holding
The Lives of Others

Books: George Orwell, Noam Chomsky, David Graeber

Teach, Learn, Share

I'm not a particularly skilled person, but I'd be happy to teach all I know, whether it's French, Hebrew, politics or other! I'd be happy to talk about my experience living in different countries too.

There are so many things I want to learn, I couldn't write it all, but here are some: learning Arabic, Korean, Spanish; how to grow my own food; car mechanics; astronomy and physics; evolutionary biology; clarinet; and learn how to build a house!

Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, Guatemala, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Palestine, Peru, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

France, Germany, Israel, United States

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