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Vijay Nair

Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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Overview

  • 4 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning German, Malayalam
  • 23, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Student
  • BA in Books & Stuff
  • From Fujairah, UAE (ish)
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

hiya Berlin

ABOUT ME

HEY THERE I'm an English literature student at Leeds University, but for the last year I've been doing a terrible impression of living in Berlin for an exchange year.

PHILOSOPHY

'Don't be a dick' and 'stay interested in things' seem to cover it pretty well.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I've mostly just been to a couple of events when I first moved to Berlin - I did want to host but I've had kind of a bumpy ride with finding a permanent flat to stay in. Now that I'm settled though, I want to start hosting people really soon.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Since I've only been to events so far, I haven't really had any surfing/hosting experiences yet - Buuut I'll be travelling to Copenhagen in the middle of May with a couple of friends and hope to surf for the first time!

Interests

Good books, good films, so-bad-they-re-good-films, philosophy, cultural theory and histories, coffee, languages, FOOD, etc

Music, Movies & Books

Recently been listenin to a lot of Deerhunter, The Men, William Basinski, Yo La Tengo, Fennesz, Arthur Russell, Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar - so so good. Old favourites are Captain Beefheart, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, My Bloody Valentine, The Microphones, Fela Kuti, The Field.

I'm probably the worst-read literature student you'll ever meet. THAT SAID, books I've recently been a big fan of are Roland Barthes' A Lover's Discourse and Infinite Jest (or at least, so far)

TV! Twin Peaks, Arrested Development, Seinfeld, Breaking Bad, Parks & Recreation (!), Louie. That just about covers it.

Recent stupidly good films I've seen are A Separation - Paris, Texas - Last Days Of Disco - Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (!!!) - Persona

Podcasts like Radiolab can be pretty great from time to time.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

This one's a little tricky, mostly because I don't feel my memory's really organized like that (read: I have a terrible memory) - sometimes there'll be great experiences I've forgotten I'd had, but when a small cue brings them to mind again, I dwell on it for a while.

Recently I've been thinking about some really great, calm travelling experiences I've had - camping in the desert near Dubai with a close friend when I was 16, staying on a houseboat roaming through the backwaters of Kerala last year. On the other hand, I also had a great time being in Berlin on the 1st of May and taking in the street parties.

Teach, Learn, Share

- I can teach you how to talk about books you haven't read (including, among others, 'How To Talk About Books You Haven't Read')

Seriously though, I don't know a whole lot yet worth teaching.

Countries I've Visited

India

Countries I've Lived In

Germany, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom

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