Tanja Florin

Chicago, IL, United States

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  • Phd student
  • Biochemistry
  • From Berlin, Germany
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About Me


Have Fun, Breathe Deep, Laugh Plenty and Drink Great Coffee!


Hey hey!

I traveled my whole life. But couch surfing gave my trips a way more intense insight on my travel destinations, people and myself. And I love it!
I'm an open and communicative person, a coffee-addict who loves meeting people and getting to know interesting places.
I was born and raised in Berlin, I love spontaneous trips to European cities (like breakfast in Prague :-) and can't stay for a long time in one place, always have to move... Currently I'm working in a research lab in Chicago.

I grew up as a city girl but as soon as I realized what amazing things there are in nature I enjoy spending my time outside my natural habitat.


If you want something in your life you've never had, you'll have to do something you've never done.


I love walking around cities in the sun, riding my bike, yoga, baking, hiking, visiting museums and spending the day in a coffee shop with friends or a good book and enjoying the evening with a drink in a bar/pub, farmers markets, cliff diving, music concerts, book stores, contemporary art exhibitions and most of all: traveling!

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: favorites are TV on the Radio, The National, Hot Chip, Sulfian Stevens, Broken Social Scene, Santigold, Eels, LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire and...
Books: sooo many! a few examples that I can think of: travel stories (Shantaram, Life of Pie, and lots of Mark Twain), American short stories, Russian Literature (i.e. Bulgakov)

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I can't figure out which thing would be the best. I loved walking around the old Mayan ruins in Tulum, Mexico. And the view from the beach in Victoria, BC next to my house amazed me every day. Jumping off a cliff in so cooold Horseshoe Lake (Jasper National Park) made me laugh for hours. And there is soooo much more...
Generally, traveling and meeting all these great people that seem to pop up everywhere is probably the most amazing thing.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Of course I'd like to share stories and travel experiences. I love to cook but I'm obsessed with baking (there will be no week without some delicious freshly baked treats). In winter I'm usually traveling with spices to prepare some German Glühwein.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, France, Germany, United States

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