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Bishkek, Chuy Province, Kyrgyzstan

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  • 14 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, French, Polish, Russian, Spanish; learning German, Hungarian, Italian, Kyrgyz
  • 29, Other
  • Member since 2010
  • Joe = freelancer
  • Stef = ecologist
  • From MI, USA
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About Me


eat every variety of lagman


We are Stephanie and Joe. Stephanie is Polish-Mexican from Detroit and Joe was born and raised on the shores of Lake Michigan. We've been running around together since college, from Moscow to Timbuktu (literally), and spent a few awesome years living in Budapest.

Stephanie's earning a master's degree in international environmental policy and Joe works via the Internet. Stef was granted a fellowship to go to Kyrgyzstan for a year, so we packed up and moved from the California coast to Bishkek. We're new to Bishkek and still getting settled in our new home.


the early bird gets the worm (stef)
marmalade is tasty if it's very thickly spread (joe)

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


Surfing and hosting
**We are COOKsurfers** (See COOKsurfing) http://www.couchsurfing.org/group_read.html?gid=228&post=1700352
We try to cook for all our hosts, and we love it when our guests share something typical from their country. We make fantastic homemade gnocchi!


We've surfed and hosted in Central and Eastern Europe and the experiences have been great so far.


filmmaking, music, bikes, cooking, exploring abandoned places, learning languages, Camino de Santiago

We like to cycle around and make documentary films. Our website: http://www.pedalingpictures.us/

Music, Movies & Books

Joe's a drummer and studied film so he has a degree in being hip but not too trendy. Stephanie knows a lot of languages and likes reading books in the original language. It's safe to describe our taste as impeccable.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Stef crossed the Mauritanian Sahara on an iron ore train.

Joe threw a paper airplane off the top of Huayna Picchu (but he usually believes in the Three R's).

Teach, Learn, Share

We've both lived and traveled in a lot of interesting places and we have lots of stories to swap. We enjoy collecting unexpected, imaginative, or quasi-legal travel tips.

We're interested in exploring sites and sights, but as church-and-monument tour guides we can only promise irreverence. We'd much rather take CSers on a marshrutka tour or bike ride through the faded charming areas of Bishkek, industrial sites, abandoned factories, and lively spots in lesser-explored districts.

What I Can Share With Hosts


Joe can fix your bike

Countries I've Visited

Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Guinea-Bissau, India, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mali, Mauritania, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

Argentina, Chile, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Russian Federation, Senegal, United States

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