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Matt Rasmussen

Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

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  • 8 Positive References2 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish, Turkish
  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • English teacher
  • University of California Santa Cruz
  • From Sonoma, California, USA
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me


Stop, listen, look, absorb, and learn to love it all...


Hmmm... time to rewrite this... Well after I finished university I moved back home, saved up money, and bought a one-way ticket to Istanbul, Turkey. I have been here since June 2011, living, traveling, meeting people. Since, I've found myself working, traveling, and gaining new life experiences. My dream is to go to as many parts of the world as I can before my time is up, to meet the people which inhabit the world that I share, as well as share with them stories of my own and in return hear theirs. I'm an archaeologist and an artist, and currently an English kindergarten teacher. Kind of a strange mix, but it works for me, and for now heh. I like to have fun, to wonder, get lost and find my way back. I enjoy spontaneous moments though it's been less frequent lately than it has been in the past.

create your own visited country map


Go as many places as possible, meet as many different types of people as possible, explore, take chances, try to appreciate even the smallest of things in life, be positive, and laugh and smile. Question your surroundings.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


As of lately I haven't been too active a couchsurfer or host. My house is pretty full at the moment with our couches being used as a room heh. Hopefully, once I get a real bed then the foam mattress I use can become one for guests.


I've hosted a handful of surfers and have had many friends that have gone out and surfed all over the world. Met some really amazing people that have helped me in a rough times and I really appreciate all that people do here for one another. It's quite amazing!


Traveling and meeting all sorts of people from around the world, art, history, painting, music, stories, hiking, being outdoors, digging holes in the dirt, finding treasure. Nomadism :)

Music, Movies & Books

I love music! Lewis Carroll "The Jabberwocky," Kobo Abe, Carl Hiaasen, old travel stories like The Hermit of the Himalayas, stories about far off places, Philip Kerr, Elmore Leonard, Jack Kerouac, Haruki Murakami, The Hakawati... I have strange spurts of reading non-stop followed by periods of nothing haha. I've been reading Salman Rushdie lately, an old favorite.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I've been very fortunate that I had the chance to start traveling when I was very young. Since then, I've kept that up and my adventures have become something almost unimaginable to me.

Teach, Learn, Share

I don't think I'm very special in any skills in particular, perhaps just lucky haha.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Peru, Romania, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

Turkey, United States

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