Iva Janiga

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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  • Administrative Assistant
  • Studies in Comparative LIterature and film making
  • From Edmonton, Alberta
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About Me


to experience and create beauty in the world


I am an art lover first and foremost, which for me includes good design and architecture. I need to see something beautiful every day to feel alive. Whether it's some really cool graffiti, a beautiful building, a nice coffee shop or library, a sculpture, a movie or an amazing tree.

I find Europe to be the most chock full of beauty both in the city and without which is why I'm trying to stay here as long as possible. I also like warm weather and sun sun sun! Which makes the mediterranean especially nice for me!

I am an avid reader and am always carrying a book on me, and I also love to dance. But not any particular type of dance...just play me some classic hits and I'll improv till the sun goes down! I'm a dog person and especially love Jack Russell Terriers. Those little guys just melt my heart.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I've been to a lot of CS meetups in Barcelona back in the day, and hosted a bit and been hosted, and still think that's it is the best way to make new friends when you are moving to a new city. And I plan to use it in this capacity to its fullest soon as I am planning a big move in the next months....


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. Many of you have gone on to be my best friends and Barcelona wouldn't have been the same without you!


Trip Hop, films, art exhibits, architecture, literature, really cool insects, asian food, design, scientific breakthroughs, anything sustainable, social justice.

Music, Movies, and 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. Serge Gainsburgh, Bonobo, RJD2, Wax Tailor....
Films: Delicatessen, Amelie, Tremors, Microcosmos, Y Tu Mama Tambien , Sex and Lucia, Sunshine, Sidewalls, IOrigin, The Best Offer, and all the classics.
Books: Count of Monte Cristo, Salman Rushdie, Tao the Ching, Steinbeck, Vonnegut, Tom Robbins, Isabel Allende, Garcia Marquez, Murakami, Philip K. Dick

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 were 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 and you want to be sure it's where you want to be!

What I Can Share with Hosts

Tales, laughter, honesty, fun.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Laos, Morocco, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, Japan, Spain, United Kingdom

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