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Hey! You can call me Eda or Gail (whichever you prefer). I'm into traveling and making connections with people of different backgrounds as I come from quite a diverse ethnic background and upbringing myself. I am a native speaker of both Turkish and English but am currently trying to learn Spanish, French, Greek and Italian (but do bare with me on this as I still have a long way to go in regards to learning these languages) :')
I've completed my undergrad in the midst of the pandemic and am currently working in the field of macroeconomic research, specifically regarding the Turkish economy. At the moment through, I am at a crossroads in life, I would like to push myself to grow and challenge myself to have new experiences.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I'm here as in recent years I've had a growing interest in travel, specially with the aim to enrich my understanding of local cultures. I feel as though meeting locals is the best way to immerse yourself within that culture. I heard about CouchSurfing through my friends who couldn't stop talking about the amazing experiences they'd had through the platform so I decided to give it a go as well.
I believe that I would still prefer to meet real people and have more genuine and organic experiences even if I were financially capable of staying at fancy hotels. Local experiences are priceless. I've missed interacting with random people through travel since the pandemic.
- wine tasting
- art history
- mountain climbing
- vegetarian cooking
- beer tasting
- political economy
Music, Movies, and Books
My tastes in general are quite eclectic. I'm probably the most indecisive person you'll ever meet.
Some music faves: David Bowie (forever my favorite), Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, The Libertines, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Rolling Stones, Supertramp, Pink Floyd, The Strokes, U2, Nick Cave, The Velvet Underground, Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Led Zeppelin, Florence Welch, Peter Gabriel, The Smiths, Neil Young, Franz Ferdinand, Fiona Apple, Interpol, Beirut, Mor ve Ötesi, Büyük Ev Ablukada, Talking Heads, PJ Harvey, Haris Alexiou, Orfeas Peridis, Manos Hadjidakis, Cem Karaca, Björk, Pinhani, Avishai Cohen, Tame Impala and the list goes on and on...
Some book faves: I'm quite into books about economics and modern society these days. I've been reading a lot by Daron Acemoğlu, Yanis Varoufakis, Thomas Pikkety, Tony Atkinson and so on. My other favorites include anything by Gabriel García Márquez, especially One Hundred Years of Solitude, the most mystical and captivating book I've ever read (also reminds me of a person dear to my heart and soul). I also adore anything by Neil Gaiman as his books have a nostalgic place in my heart. I loved The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Any Turkish person would probably laugh at me for this as it is such an obvious book to like, however, Kürk Mantolu Madonna (Madonna in a Fur Coat) by Sabahattin Ali is an all-time favorite of mine. I also have a thing for poetry, I read mostly Turkish poets. Behçet Necatigil and Attila İlhan are poets I find myself re-reading no matter what I'm going through in life.
Movies: I love going to film festivals and keeping up with the latest movies, however, as much as I adore film, I have found it quite challenging to keep up with this hobby. I hope to stop this laziness soon though! Casablanca, Trainspotting, Eternity and a Day, and Persona are a few favorites that come to mind :)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Lived for half of a year in Paris although I did not know anybody and barely spoke the language. Lived in a house with 4 incredible Latinas who I met the day I moved. It was an experience of a lifetime! Since then, I've only wanted to travel and meet people even more.
Teach, Learn, Share
I am passionate about visual arts, art history and architecture. I would love nothing more than to share my knowledge, have stimulating conversations about art and/or learn about and see the local art scene of the place I'm visiting.
Although I'm not the best, I love to dance. I might be a tad bit shy at times but that's nothing a sip of wine can't fix haha! I'm up for a good, fun time if you don't mind my goofy and clumsy dance moves.
I also love to cook, more than I like to eat actually. I enjoy learning about food and getting creative with the way I cook. I don't mind spending hours and hours in the kitchen, I truly love the whole process.
I am also veeryy passionate about wine tasting. We could definitely do some of that if you're into it!
What I Can Share with Hosts
Some traditionally Turkish food and my existential nihilist/somewhat dark sense of humor
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, Turkey, United States