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📢 I am currently traveling in the Balkans. 👍🏻 I will not be in Turkey until October-November. For your information! (Update: June 2022) 📢
I now live and work as a freelance visual communication designer and content writer in different cities/countries. 💻
💉 Fully vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech
📢 PLEASE DON'T ASK ANYTHING TO JOIN MY TRAVEL: I DON'T WANT TO FIND A TRAVEL MATE. I AM HAPPY TO BE A SOLO TRAVELER! 📢
I believe the meanings of our names affect our lives. My name is Yaprak and it means ‘leaf’. 🍃 Maybe that's why I really love anything about nature.
It was always hard for me to define myself but well; I'm a paralian and nemophilist.
• Paralian (pəˈrɑːlɪən/ /pəˈralɪən/) 🌊
A person who lives by the sea and lives the sea culture in their character.
• Nemophilist (nɪˈmɒ.fɪ.lɪst/, /nɛˈmɒ.fɪ.lɪst/) 🌿
A person who loves or is fond of forests or forest scenery; a haunter of the woods.
I looove animals! Especially cats!🐱 I grew up with a lot of animals on a large farm. 🐮🌿 I have a great interest in cows and their secret lives. My favorite birds are the kingfisher and raven. I like to collect things about these animals.
Wherever I'm, I really enjoy spending my time in nature with animals. I will take care of any animal I encounter as long as I have the chance, if it’s a meal or a hug they deserve everything we have to offer as a species. 🙏🏻
My biggest hobby is collect of many many things which are meaningful, beautiful, and unique to me. ✨ Especially like to collect things related to poppy flowers and dandelions. Poppy flowers and dandelion are my favorite plants. They are wild, totally free and you can not buy them with your money. ✨
With all these, I always want to immortalize my memories that's why I take photos and collect stuff for so many years more than ten years but I am still not a good photographer, even if I am a good collector. :)
I have a great passion for gastronomy and culinary arts, quality coffee, and food history, and sociology. 🍽
I am big fan of Ahsoka Tano.🧡💙
✈️ MY UNDERSTANDING OF TRAVEL ✈️
✨ I much prefer the slow traveling vibe.
✨ I have never been one of those people who competed to see as many countries as possible. 🙅🏼♀️
✨ I prefer to visit cities and countries in detail, get to know their culture in a deep way, learn about their history, and explore the hidden gems of the country.
🏡 HOSTING ME 🏡
• My purpose of using Couchsurfing is to create a lifelong friendship. ✨ I always read every profile carefully before sending requests because I just prefer to meet/stay with people I feel close to me and who have common ground. 💫
• I would like to explore the city with locals. But if you are not available to do something, that’s also no problem.👍🏻
• I am a people who work while traveling. I have to work sometimes intensively -around 5-6 hours- and sometimes for a few hours during the day on the weekdays.
• I am NOT a party animal and I don’t like to spend my time in nightclubs. I don’t drink alcohol a lot and I don’t smoke weed. If it sounds boring, you can skip me.
• If it is possible that you can give me a key, I prefer this.
💌 When you send a message, please write which are my favorite bird and flower. I'm sorry I don't like to reply to messages that I understand you have sent without reading my profile.🙅🏼♀️
✨ I try to live my life according to the Turkish proverb —if everybody would clean the front of their own door; all the streets would be clean.
Be true to yourself and share the life. ✨
And lastly, I would like to say, “may the force be with you”, but not “live long and prosper”.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Meeting with travelers, inspire and get inspired by them.
Traveling, exploring, nature, photography, design, music, magnet, soap, analog cameras, collecting something, learning new things, hiking, camping, sunbathing, walking on the snowy day, reading, playing with my cats, planing a new trip, reading about gastronomy and culinary art, drinking coffee and drinking more coffee!
- street art
- analog photography
- gender and sexuality
Music, Movies, and Books
I enjoy listening to many music genres, from indie minimal electronic music to classical music, from trip-hop to punk rock. It depends on my mood. :) BUT.... I am in love with jazz music and jazz music festivals. Mantras, pirate songs, Trecento musics and Celtic music accompany me most of my day. Sometimes I feel like a tree in the forest or an elf.
If you're interested, you can follow me on Spotify. : https://open.spotify.com/user/11175836106?si=Sg8aemcTTqaaGvaK3cWzug
Besides being a lover of silent cinema and Neorealismo, there are some directors that I follow closely those Yorgos Lanthimos, Luka Guadagnino, Paolo Sorrentino, Robert Eggers, Jan Svankmajer, Edgar Wright, Pedro Almodovar, Ferzan Özpetek, Fatih Akın and Eric Rohmer of course.
I am a big fan of Dostoyevski, Gogol and Tolstoy. (Yes, the big three!) Apart from these, three books that have an important place in my life:
The Secret Life of Cows - Rosamund Young
The Inner Life of Animals - Peter Wohlleben
The Hidden Life of Trees - Peter Wohlleben
The Book of Eels - Patrik Svensson
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Starting to be a digital nomad who prefers slow traveling ✈️
Since April 2021:
65 amazing days in Macedonia. 🇲🇰
7 weeks in Montenegro 🇲🇪
7 days in Shkoder, Albania 🇦🇱
7 days in Pristine, Kosovo 🇽🇰
3 full months in Ukraine 🇺🇦
2 months in Marmaris, Turkey 🇹🇷
70 amazing days in Macedonia AGAIN!🇲🇰
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Scotland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Italy, Turkey, United Kingdom