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Iva Janiga

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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  • 51 Positive References2 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning Czech, French, Spanish
  • 34, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • travelling, dancing, making art, lov...
  • Studies in Comparative LIterature an...
  • From Edmonton, Alberta
  • Profile 60% complete

About Me


to experience and create beauty in the world


I am a nature lover and art lover first and foremost, and I love meeting new people and these three things drive me to travel. There is so much beauty in the world and I am greedy for it, I want to see it and experience it first hand, which is why I like to travel for longer periods or live in on other places. I like to be human, to feel deeply and find magic and share it with others. I want to laugh and I want to dance and I want see new insects that I have never seen before.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


I like to meet other travelers in any capacity, they are my tribe. So even if it's just for coffee if we are passing through each others spaces and can exchange energy...that would be cool.


Thank you very much to the wonderful people in the following places who have shared their couches with me: Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Sardinia, Kyoto, Kobe, Brno, Girona, Lyon and Nevada City. I will never forget those memomories, they stand out in my mind as highlights of my trips. Also thank you to the CS community of Barcelona for being so active, fun, and welcoming.


Trip Hop, dance, any form of art, movies, insects, cabaret, red wine, swimming naked like a fish, trees, smiling, bodies of water, out door adventures.

Music, Movies & Books

Music;Gorillaz, Bjork, Handsome Boy Mod. School, Lovage, Kid Koala, Lemon Jelly, Beck, White Stripes, The Beatles. Gotan Project, Lhaasa, Led Zeppelin, J5, Blackalicious, James Brown, TM Juke etc. etc. Reggae, dub, dancehall, trip hop.. Films: Delicatessen, Amelie, Tremors, Microcosmos, Y Tu Mama Tambien , Sex and Lucia, Sunshine. Books Count of Monte Cristo, Salman Rushdie, Tao the Ching, Steinbeck, Vonnegut, Tom Robbins, Isabel Allende, Garcia Marquez

One Amazing Thing I've Done

watching a meteor shower over the yuba river was pretty amazing, the Hakota hotsprings in Nagano are pretty amazing, the waterfalls around Luan Prabang are pretty amazing, riding a motorcycle around Pai, a dirtbike around nevada county, and a mountainbike around Alberta was pretty amazing, Mercantia in Italy was pretty amazing. Working on a farm in Nagano was wonderful, hitchhiking around Japan was exhilerating. Seeing the Sahara desert from the back of a camel...

Teach, Learn, Share

Make sure you stop on your path once in a while and sit down to think....maybe even chew on a blade of grass and find some shapes in the clouds, because you might just get to where you are going!

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Morocco, Netherlands, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, Japan, Spain, United Kingdom

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