Zahava Mandelbaum

New York, NY, USA

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About Me


feeling the freedom


i am continuously trying to master the art of listening to my gut. Always like when my living space has a balcony, roof, or porch and after a week in a city i begin crafting ideas for the next time i will be surrounded by trees, openness, and freshness. my favorite jokes have puns and i always appreciate a good quote. i usually have a harmonica on me...slowly learning how to play it!

i prefer hot over cold, sailing or driving over flying, dogs over cats, pizza...always, windows over walls, candles over incense, whiskey over sweaters, oceans over pools, cafes over libraries, coffee over tea, awake over sleep, dancing over walking, unknown over known

i dont remember the last time i was bored...i have many ideas but no plans... i believe having options is a beautiful thing and clarity is a blessing that comes with time.

Beauty: "it is too splendid to be sane"


with freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? - oscar wilde

we ain't human beings on a spiritual journey - we spiritual beings on a human journey - my lovely friend mara

Whoever loves much, performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. - Vincent Van Gogh

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


i started csing 4 summers ago around spain and it was the best the best the best. ive hosted as much as possible-- love meet ups and events. i spent a summer driving across the US with my sister that eventually brought us to Burning Man-- csing along the way added so much to the trip.


my time fills up with reading, writing, running, hiking, traveling, studying, learning, meeting, smiling, eating, painting, drawing, dancing, crafting, sleeping, exploring, listening.

"what seems to me the highest and most difficult achievement of Art is not to make us laugh or cry, not to arouse our lust or rage, but to do what nature does—that is, to set us dreaming"€

i also dream!

Music, Movies, and Books

love them good books...
siddartha by herman hesse
the alchemist by Paulo Coelho
the great gatsby by fitzgerald
ragtime by doctorow
Papillon by Henri cherrier
on the road by jack kerouac
A pigeon and a boy by Meir shalev
lolita by nabokov
short stories by chekov
madame bovary by flaubert
always enjoy romantic poetry by p. shelley
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Musicmusicmusic oh! open to learning and listening. Music is a constant companion of mine, with me through it all-- from reggae to classic rock to electronic to jazz to new age to funk to blues to blue grass to techno to...

some music i like very much:
alt-j, amadou & miriam, angus & julia stone, beatles, billy joel, bob dylan, bob marley, bombino, bonobo, bootie mashups, buena vista social club, cat stevens, fritz kalkbrenner, flume, daft punk, donovan, the doors, gogol bordello, jamie lidell, jethro tull, led zeppelin, Lhasa, louis armstrong, jolie holland, major lazer, manu chao, michael franti & spearhead, miles davis, moby, nagwa, paul kalkbrenner, radiohead, ray charles, the rolling stones, simon & garfunkel, thomas jack, todd terje, tycho, the strokes, thelonious monk, zooga malaga

i am always up for live music! name a few...
airplane, harold and maude, kung fu panda, wet hot american summer, snatch, catch me if you can, the big lebowski, life in a day, rat race, high anxiety, will ferrel best of snl, butch cassidy and the sundance kid, once upon a time in the west...any spaghetti western (definitely any by sergio leone)

tv: arrested development, always sunny, seinfeld, black books, the it crowd, extras

Teach, Learn, Share

"knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. one can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it."
we can communicate knowledge and experience wisdom together...and maybe wondrous things will come

What I Can Share with Hosts

I can make memorable mac n cheese, worth-waking-up-on-a-sunday poached eggs, and ridiculously crowd pleasing chicken nuggets.

I have big ears to listen and a big smile to share.

Countries I’ve Visited

Cambodia, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, India, New Zealand, Palestine, Poland, Puerto Rico, Spain, Thailand, Turkey

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Israel, United States

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