Tarik Yassien

Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey

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  • 34 References 19
  • Fluent in English; learning Arabic (Egypt), French, Turkish
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • instructor at medical university
  • B.A. Political Science, B.A. International Studies
  • No hometown listed
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About Me


make friends, travel & learn


I'm 27, from the USA & am currently an instructor at a university here. I help run a site for foreigners in Istanbul: http://www.yabangee.com. I'm sort of all over the place in life, but the chaos keeps me happy.


If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I am anxious to travel and meet fellow couch-surfers. The ideal is that I'd get a few cheap or free places to stay while on my travels. However, I am also very into the idea of making friends, seeing cities & towns through the eyes of locals, etc. etc. etc.

I love hosting a fair bit as well. I have been in Istanbul long enough to know the city pretty well...and I enjoy sharing that with people passing through.


Music (collecting vinyl records and going to shows)

Food (eating it, cooking it, throwing it at people)

Drinking (coffee culture & pub culture above all)

Literature (Too many favorites to think of...Kafka and Faulkner probably win it all)

Walking (If it is within walking distance, why take a car?)

Futbol (There is no easier way to connect with people internationally)

Music, Movies, and Books

Bands: Explosions in the Sky, M83, Radiohead, The Lawrence Arms, Russian Circles, Immortal Technique, Osker, Beirut, Tracy Chapman, Vampire Weekend, Coheed & Cambria, Stars, Tiger Lou, Dead Prez, Bright Eyes, Arcade Fire, Against Me!, Beatles, Pink Floyd, the XX, Modest Mouse, Bon Iver, Brand New, The Cure, Daft Punk, Justice, The Weeknd, Das Racist, Muse, Postal Service, Queen, Regina Spektor, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Smashing Pumpkins, The Weakerthans, Public Enemy, Rhye, Earl Sweatshirt, Notorious B.I.G., Alt-J, The Black Keys and loads more.

Books: The Stranger, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Shadow of the Wind, East of Eden, As I Lay Dying, The Fall, The Trial, Trainspotting, House of Leaves, The Kite Runner, Lolita, Slaughterhouse Five, On the Road, Homage to Catalonia, A Song of Ice & Fire series...

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Spent some time in India, Bangladesh & Mexico working on documentaries to help raise awareness and funds for NGOs. It was really sweet!

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Bangladesh, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Egypt, Turkey, United States

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