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  • 150 references 132 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, French, German; learning Arabic (Egypt), French, German, Spanish
  • 55, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • IT Manager and Agile Coach
  • B.Sc.
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

Easy going, authentic, creative, free-thinker that is open-minded and very patient. A minimalist and a stoic in many ways. Sometimes people mistake my quietness for lack of interest. Once I've warmed up though I can carry on a conversation. You'll have to give me the signal when using sarcasm as I take it literally, it is one of my flaws :o) Generally you will find me smiling and I have a distinctive laugh. And I like to laugh ;o)

I travel solo.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

To get to know good humoured guys, sharing time together over drinks, dinner or other activities ;o)


  • arts
  • architecture
  • interior design
  • film festivals
  • dancing
  • chocolate
  • wine
  • beer
  • fine dining
  • gardening
  • video games
  • board games
  • traveling
  • minimalism
  • music
  • karaoke
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • solo travel
  • waterfalls
  • bodysurfing
  • stoicism

Music, Movies, and Books

Shawshank Redemption, Contact, X-Men, The Matrix, Life is Beautiful, The Motorcycle Diaries, Up, Big Fish, Donnie Darko, American Beauty, Empire of the Sun, My Own Private Idaho, Brokeback Mountain, A Single Man, North Sea Texas, Incendies, Amélie, Das Leben der Anderen, Pan's Labyrinth, The Others, Into the Wild, Stand by Me, The Sound of Music, Spartacus, Lawrence of Arabia, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars, Star Trek

Call Me by your Name, The Alchemist, The Gifts of Imperfection, East of Eden, The Shadow of the Wind, Love in the Time of Cholera, Atonement, The Life of Pi, The Lovely Bones, The Kite Runner, The Da Vinci Code, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim, The Narnian Chronicles, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games, The Game of Thrones

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I've been fearless of the water from a young age. When I was three I got bored of the baby pool so I decided to run off from my mom who was holding my baby brother and dive off the deep end into the big pool. I went straight to the bottom where the lifeguard picked me up and brought me back to my mom. She scolded me and told me not to do it again. Five minutes later I did it again! The lifeguard told my mom that I'd better learn how to swim.

Oh you'll have to ask how I learnt to drive standard in Milan.

Teach, Learn, Share

In general, I'm happy to tour you around Ottawa when I have free time and will share as much as you're willing to ;-)

Come swim with me :-) Let's go to the National Art Gallery and I can point out my favourites. Try Canadian wines and beers, share meals, experiences, travel stories and our musical taste. Maybe even drink and listen at the same time ;-) haha and finish with a night out of karaoke.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I'm happy to share experiences, food and drinks or more if you're interested ;-)

Countries I’ve Visited

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Martinique, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saint Lucia, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, United States, Vatican City State, Virgin Islands, U.S., Zambia, Åland Islands

Countries I’ve Lived In

Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Canada, Germany, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia

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