ILJA Barsanti's Photo

Verified Profile

  • Payment verified
  • Phone verified
  • Government ID verified

Accepting Guests

  • 100% response rate
  • Last login 12 minutes ago

Join Couchsurfing to see ILJA’s full profile.


  • 592 references 259 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Italian; learning Spanish
  • 44, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Statistics Professor, Trainer and Life Coach
  • PhD degree in Applyed Statistics
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

Instagram: iljabarsanti

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 the answers. 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 than 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" :DDD 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 (till 2014): 212 people for 348 nights
HOSTED (again from 2021): 5 person for 10 nights

SURFED (till 2016): 62 couches for 111 nights
SURFED (again from 2021): 2 couches for 4 nights

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 TO DISCOTEQUES (but I like house parties) nor POLITICS.


More specifically: PEOPLE, FOOD (I'm not vegetarian but I love animals), travelling, reading, watching movies, going out with friends, krav-maga, youth in action's trainings, scuba diving, sommelier and chess.

  • books
  • cooking
  • potluck
  • house parties
  • movies
  • chess
  • reading
  • traveling
  • magic
  • scuba diving
  • teaching
  • statistics
  • food
  • friends
  • people
  • games

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, "Lie to me" with a superb Tim Roth and his science about non-verbal and para-verbal communication, "La casa de papel" for its smartness and, of course, "Game of thrones" …!!! "The gambit's queen", "How I met your mother", "Sherlock", "The Crown", "Downton Abbey", "Modern Love", ... and I'm in love with Sheldon Cooper from "The big bang theory".
"This is us" ... it's unbelievable!!!

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" and "Men come from Mars and woman from Venus" my two MUST BOOKS. Moreover, I love Baricco and 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.

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 on August 2014; probably the most amazing thing I've ever seen was the train market in Maeklong.

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

The Cambodian-Thailand travel on August 2016. The most amazing thing was being hugged by a cute elephant during the Mondulkiri Project.

Diving with Dolphins (Zanzibar, 2017) and with a whale shark (Redang, Malesya on August 2018)!!!

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, Cambodia, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Rwanda, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

Italy, United Kingdom

Old School Badges

  • Vouches
    107 Vouches
  • Pioneer
    Pioneer Badge

Join Couchsurfing to see ILJA’s full profile.

My Groups