ILJA Barsanti

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

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  • Statistics Professor
  • PhD degree in Applyed Statistics
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About Me

INSPIRE YOU: happiness is only real when shared.


I'm enthusiastic, sensitive, curious, positive, sensible, open-minded, creative, passionate, friendly, honest, talkative, intuitive, competitive and straightforward but NOT PERFECT AT ALL ;)

My CONTRADICTIONS ... someone said ... someone else said:
I'm wise as a Guru, a Peter Pan never grown;
an experienced man, a naive child;
a sociable leader, a lone wolf.

I think to be all of them because I've a contract with life ... to be COMPLETE ;)

Two the main features of my behaviour: the passionate and romantic side, about people and life with great enthusiasm, and the realistic-cinical one against stupidity/superficiality and people who give up or be content with what life offers.

I'm not a reactive person (who waits for events) but proactive one (I'm looking for events) nor I want to hope or wait for something which never happen if I don't fight for it.

I like enjoying life in every way, possibly with other people because "there is no happiness without sharing" (from the movie "Into the wild").


"Happiness is only real when shared" (Into the wild).
"You make me want to become a better man" (As good as it gets).
"Has anything you've done, made your life better?" (American history X).
"The past is gone, the future has still to happen, so we must live the present because it's a gift. That's why it's called "present" (Kung fu panda).
"There is no God in me nor in you but in the space between us, that is in what we share" (Before sunrise).
"Life is too short to waste time in order to find athe nswers. Better to enjoy the questions" (Paolo Coelho).
"Don't be content: follow what you love otherwise you'll love what you'll find (Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi).
" The world changes with your example not with your opinion" (Paolo Coelho).

No excuses and skip the bullshit! You are the ONLY OWNER of your life
Every song has an ending, but is there any reason not to enjoy the music?
Stop being afraid ... do it!
If you don't live for something you will die for nothing
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning how to dance in the rain
1.000 remorses rather 1 regret
Enjoy YOUR life instead of wasting time thinking life is bad. Be angry and negative could be a CHOICE but not the SOLUTION.
Find your shadow: the sun is behind you.
Close your eyes and feel the people.
Open your eyes and start to live.
You were born as an original. Don't die as a copy.
Find harmony, first, inside you, then around you.
Believe in your dreams: when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

Conquer her mind and you'll have also her heart
LOVE is the power of life, the "medicine" of human sickness, anyway, SEX is a wonderful "drug" if shared spontaneously.
MAN --> "There are two things that I really really enjoy in life ... the second one is travelling" :))) by my hero Roberto Benigni
WOMAN --> For whole their lives women wait for the Prince Charming ... in the meanwhile they get married

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

August 2009 --> CS registration without confirmation
April 2010 --> Beginning of my CS life
May 2011 --> CS Team Member: Welcome Greeter
July 2011 --> CS Team Member: Florence's Ambassador
February 2013 --> CS close New Member Welcome group

HOSTED 212 people for 348 nights from 47 countries

SURFED 58 couches for 108 nights from 16 countries

I met my LOVE Maria :*
In Lisbon and in Sevilla simply unforgettable: I've been hosted by 3 CSers for 8 nights: amazing!!!
The final worldcup football match in Alicante with Àngels :))
The Italian trip around Italy with my 3 Portuguese friends :))
The hospitability and welcoming style of Turkish people ... Oh my god!!!
The incredible 5 weeks in Czech Republic, Russia (and the unforgettable picnic) and Ukraine :)
Hosting: great time with my surfers, cookink together, going out with friends and talking all the night. In one word: SHARING.


I'm NOT into GOING FOR CLUBS (but I like house parties) nor POLITICS.


More specifically: PEOPLE, FOOD (I'm not vegetarian like Bruto, the shark soft-toy in the photo section ;)), travelling, reading, watching movies, going out with friends, karate, youth in action's trainings, scuba diving, sommelier and chess.

Music, Movies, and Books

Non ci resta che piangere, The last of Mohicans, Titanic, Meet joe Black, Magnolia, Crash, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Amelie of Montmartre, Memento, Closer, The legend of 1900, American history X, As good as it gets, Groundhog Day, Into the wild, The Godfather, Beautiful mind, Avatar, The snatch, The bucket list, Love actually, Inception, The experiment, Dogville, The fountain, Before sunrise, Intouchables ...

I fell in love with "LOST" the only one who made me cried (4th season, 5th episode). I really liked "Sex and the city", a bible about women ;), "Dr. House", I love his cynicism and "Scrubs" for the brilliant way to mix funny and moving moments.

Generic but I really like movie soundtracks and trance music (the opposite ;)).
My number one is "Sweet harmony" by The beloved, then I really like "Wicked game" by Chris Isaak and "Bitter sweet" by Apocaliptyca, the singer of The Him and the singer of The Rasmus.
Yiruma - River flows in you

"On being an eagle", "Men come from Mars and woman from Venus" and I love Baricco. There are so many other books to list!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Erasmus project, youth in action's trainings, my first CS experience, my first lecture at the university as a Professor's assistant.

Watching the amazing video "Where the hell is Matt".

Watch the final worldcup footbal match (Italy-France) on 9th of July, 2006 and screaming joyfully at the end with friends :)

Repeat the same after 4 years in Crevillent (Alicante, Spain)
K'naan - Waving Flag.

The Indonesia-Thailand travel with Maria on August 2014; probably the most amazing thing I've ever seen was the train market in Maeklong.

The Thailand-Malasya travel with Maria on August 2015. The most amazing things were staying 10 days at Phi Phi islands and diving with sharks in Sipadan.

Teach, Learn, Share

Learn from experience, share it and teach what you learnt. Then we can grow up and get the world better :)

I can TEACH Statistics, playing chess, games, magic tricks and italian recipes.

I'd like to LEARN Spanish language, new magic tricks, group-games and recipes :)

I LOVE to SHARE experiences, thoughts and ideas.

What I Can Share with Hosts

For sure positivity, enthusiasm, will of sharing and I'll cook some Italian dish ;)

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Russian Federation, Rwanda, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

Italy, United Kingdom

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