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  • 196 references 108 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Croatian, English, Slovene; learning German
  • 41, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • M.Sc.
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Master of Science in...
  • From Novo mesto, Novo mesto, Slovenia
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About Me

HOSTING TRAVELERS in MY APARTMENT in BERN

BEST TIME to HOST are WEEKDAYS, from Friday after 5pm till Monday 8am morning, before going to work.
I can also host you during the WEEK, but in this case I will ask you to leave the apartment at 8am when I go to work, as I have only one apartment key, and can't borrow it!

If you will stay at my place any day between Sunday to Thursday, you will be kindly asked to come back to my place at 10pm latest, as I usually go to sleep at around 11pm.

I prefer to host experienced Couchsurfers, and those who will write their personal request. If you are foodie and willing to cook something with me, more than welcome to write me a request.

I don't smoke and I don't want anyone to smoke in my flat.

CURRENT MISSION

There are no foreign lands, it is the traveler only who is foreign! Be the type of person you want to meet!

ABOUT ME

My name is Marko, I used to be from Slovenia but now I am from the world! In Januray 2019 I have moved to Bern (Switzerland) where I work for another pharma company.

I am an enthusiastic traveller - besides that, I am also a professional tourist guide with official licence and more than 10 years of experience. I like to help people and have hosted travellers from all around the world.

I would like to see as much of the world and different cultures as possible! Through the trip, I want to understand the history and culture of the city and the life of people in there. Making a local friend is also on my list! Till now I have traveled to over 65 countries.

What my best friend Miha thinks of me? :)

MIHA
The chemistry of our friendship started in classrooms filled with chemistry and it's been now more than ten years since we've met. Based on empirical grounds I therefore have no doubts that if you experience Marko's couch, you'll feel a strong spark of kindness, hospitality, and honesty. Since Marko likes to talk, and talk, and talk you'll not be endangered (even for a second) by the embarrassing situations emerging from the communication breaks and silence holes. On top of that, Marko is also a tourist guide so the trips you'll make with him (if time allows them, of course) will be filled with interesting comments and details. Besides Ljubljana (Slovenia's capital), Marko sometimes arranges CS in his home town (Novo mesto). There you'll most definitively experience even greater share of hospitality, since his mother treats the guests as her own children. Oh, and I won't mention his cooking passion: just come, taste, and be surprised ... If you visit him in summer you can go swimming with him, if you come in winter skiing is the option. Lately, Marko started also with Thai Boxing - well, how he could not?!: the origin of his name is linked with the Roman god of war. But all worries aside: he is all nice and gentle. Friends often call him Mare (probably because of the linguistic tendency for reduction, or whatever). Hmm, pay attention: "mare" in Italian means "the sea". Besides the fact that he likes water, there is something deeper in it. What is the colour of the sea? Blue! My goodness! Marko is crazy about that colour (particularly it's azzurro cast to share you a detail).

PHILOSOPHY

Live and let live - life is a great adventure. We are here to learn and explore.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

A lot of my favorite people are ones I met through CS. It's hard at this point to think what life would be like without them.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

In Ljubljana (Slovenia, Europe) I am organizing Cooking Events in our kitchen with CouchSurfers and other travelers (events will happen wherever we are - based in Ljubljana, but it will happen anywhere).
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/Cook-with-locals-as-you-travel-695947327126635/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cookwithlocalsasyoutravel/

Cooking Events outside sLOVEnia:
1# Cook with locals in Istanbul, Turkey: 25.12.2015
2# Cook with locals in Istanbul, Turkey: 27.12.2015
3# Cook with locals in Cluj-Napoca, Romania: 2.8.2016
4# Cook with locals in Sibiu, Romania: 4.8.2016
5# Cook with locals in Bucharest, Romania: 8.8.2016
6# Cook with locals in Varna, Bulgaria: 9.8.2016
7# Cook with locals in Belgrade, Serbia: 14.8.2016
8# Cook with locals in Ha Noi, Vietnam: 22.4.2017
9# Cook with locals in Bteghrine, Lebanon: 17.12.2018
10# Cook with locals in Beirut, Lebanon: 21.12.2018

21.2.2016: Restaurant Day Ljubljana (sLOVEnia) with Cook with locals as you travel food booth
17.8. 2016: Cook with locals as you travel and Europe CS Kitchensurfing BBQ event.
1.10.2016: Restaurant Day Ljubljana (sLOVEnia) with Cook with locals as you travel food booth

From 11th to 13th July, 2013 I was part of a CouchSurfing Documentary, filmed in Ljubljana (Slovenia), produced by ARTE France and Spiegel TV Germany.

It is the best way to come closer to local people in any place you are going. When I travel I like to stay in homestays with local people, talk to them about their life, cook with them ...

My CS experience so far, apart from countless happy hours, brunches, dinners & trips:

I hosted:

1. Winnie Chow from Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2. Mid Hussin from Seri Kembangan, Malaysia
3. SUNHEE Park from Seoul, South Korea
4. Petra Vovk from Koper, Slovenia
5. Nay Golightly from Cadiz, Spain
6. Ravi Verma from London, UK
7. Yen Chuang from Deep River, Ontario
8. Laurel Ye from Shanghai, China
9. Ancka Adamic from Ljubljana, Slovenia
10. Becky I from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
11. Jie Bao from Shenzhen, China
12. der_Inder, Weingarten (Baden), German
13. Tse Jacky from Hong Kong, Hong Kong
14. Jessica Ireland from Alberta, Canada
15. Pim Razenberg from Hengelo, The Netherlands
16. KINTECENCE from Paris, France
17. Milad Ekramnia from Isfahan, Iran
18. Nikhil Raghuwanshi from Mumbai, India
19. Marcus Fehse from Mixdorf, Germany
20. Bruno Assmann de Azevedo from Feliz, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil
21. Nadini Vacari from Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil
22. Lailai Ivy from Hong Kong, Hong Kong
23. Suzana Hocevar from Novo mesto, Slovenia
24. Berkay Ulusoy from Ankara, Turkey
25. Sean from Belfast, Northern Ireland
26. Sophie Reille from Grenoble, France
27. Jacob Stępnik from Poznan, Poland
28. Monika Szczygielska from Radom, Poland
29. Dariusz Krupa from Slupsk, Poland
30. Lou Provence Wang from Taipei, Taiwan
31. Coline B from Alsace, France
32. Sascha Alexander Edelkraut from Pulheim, Germany
33. Janez Ohnjec from Koper, Slovenia
34. Janel L from Singapore, Singapore
35. Nicholas See Tong from Singapore, Singapore
36. Dmitry Bragin from Kirov, Russia
37. Elena from Kirov, Russia
38. Gayathri And Vijay Kalangi from Bangalore, India
39. Katrin Einarsdottir from Reykjavik, Iceland
40. Brendan Kirby from Albany, USA
41. Nicole Rufo from New York, USA
42. Pieter Langenberg from Roosendaal, Netherlands
43. Liam Prince from Wellington, New Zealand
44. Myca Guballa from Manila, Philippines
45. Renee from Xiamen, China
46. Sabong Heo from Gimhae, South Korea
47. Rainer Wallmann from Vienna, Austria
48. MYSZKA2112 from Szczecin, Poland
49. Rui Zhai from Singapore, Singapore
50. Sebastiano Pilone from Trani, Italy
51. Nora Van A from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
52. Ashley Bozarth from Atlanta, USA
53. Antonio G. Romero from Granada, Spain
54. Stepan Litvinov from Tashkent, Uzbekistan
55. Fred Weltin from Carspach, France
56. GuitarDream from Rennes, France
57. Julie Rixieva from Tashkent, Uzbekistan
58. Sean Udongwo from Port Harcourt, Nigeria
59. Seval & Gokmen from Istanbul, Turkey
60. Stefan Ulonska from Berlin, Germany
61. Erva Va from jacarta, Indonesia
62. Greg Evseev from Moscow, Russia
63. Beatriz Dante from Lisbon, Portugal
64. Cosima Olender from Berlin, Germany
65. Hari Shankar from Chennai, India
66. Dylan Conceicao from Sydney, Australia
67. Carolina Solis from Temuco, Chile
68. Vu Khanh from Vietnam
69. Glanew from Bern, Switzerland
70. Francesco Petti from Bern, Switzerland
71. Baerbelz from Berlin, Germany
72. Julian Sonntag from, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
73. Erik Bayer from Rotenburg an der Fulda, Germany
74. Arafat from Sana'a, Yemen
75. Juliane Jastram from Stuttgart, Germany
76. Gordon Chong from Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
77. Zen Reflections, New Delhi, India
78. AliChef, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
79. Maria Max, Kazan, Tatarstan Republic, Russia
80. Brenda Jorde and Paul, Berlin, Germany
81. der_Inder, Weingarten (Baden), Germany
82. Chris Burns, Chicago, USA
83. Igor Y Postrekhin, Saint Petersburg, Russia
84. Angel Taskovski, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
85. Milan Jokanovic, Phoenix, USA
86. Juliana Foschiera, Forianopolis, Brazil
87. Katherine Gracia, Panama City, Panama
88. Sergey Patskevich, Minsk, Belarus
89. Zelma Jancinska, Riga, Latvia
90. Ezequiel Ventura, Mar del Plata, Argentina
91. Mark Joseph Ramsay, Glasgow, Scotland
92. Concesao Dcosta, Vasai, India
93. Shannon Seror, Zurich, Switzerland
94. Meenakshi Deepak Mishra, Jaipur, India
95. Achint Rathor, Bengaluru, India

People who hosted me:

1. Hassan Mayham in Rabat, Morocco
2. Hicham Alaoui in Safi, Morocco
3. Nasser Naizi in Kampala, Uganda
4. Albertcamus in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
5. Sener Kazokoglu in Muscat, Oman
6. Juma Al-Mukhaini in Suhar, Oman
7. Eddie Supriyadi in Balikpapan, Kalimantan, Indonesia
8. Addi Isidorus in Balikpapan, Kalimantan, Indonesia
9. Sherif Gamil in Samarinda, Kalimantan, Indonesia
10. PutraBorneo in Tarakan, Kalimantan, Indonesia
11. Gordon Chong in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
12. Emmanuel Chinonso Ugochukwu in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
13. Goran Milunović, Belgrade, Serbia
14. Igor Y Postrekhin in Saint Petersburg, Russia
15. Regina Maksimova in Saint Petersburg, Russia
16. Jacqueline Teo in Singapore, Singapore
17. Winnie Chow in Hong Kong, Hong Kong
18. Sushibuffet in NYC, USA
19. Sean Glass in Philadelphia, USA
20. Maria Maksimova in Kazan, Russia
21. Nicolas Nicolaou in Larnaca, Cyprus Island
22. Dale Yost in Abu Dhabi, UAE
23. Sener Kazokoglu in Dubai, UAE
24. Pawel Byra in Palermo, Italy
25. Francesco Parisi in Modica, Italy
26. Lucio Inserra in Siracusa, Italy
27. Przemysław Król in Podgorica, Montenegro
28. Mohammad Tajaeian in Kashan, Iran
29. Aslan Rajayifar in Isfahan, Iran
30. Rasool Bazrgar in Marvdasht, Iran
31. Araz Bat in Istanbul, Turkey
32. Sedat Duman in Istanbul, Turkey
33. Rita.Molnar, Budapest, Hungary
34. Florin Spătar, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
35. Jeffrel Hermias, Sibiu, Romania
36. Elena Gusanu, Bucharest, Romania
37. Marek Kuratnik, Varna, Bulgaria
38. Tuấn Bờm, Ha Giang, Vietnam
39. Chris Burns, Ha Noi, Vietnam
40. Angel Taskovski, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
41. Donghwan Kim , Seoul, South Korea
42. Mario Lima, Jeonju, South Korea
43. Ami Nated, Busan, South Korea
44. Wenzhe Xia, Daegu, South Korea
45. Mikhael Saliba, Bteghrine, Lebanon
46. Gloriana Choueiri, Beirut, Lebanon
47. Senthil, Tallinn, Estonia
48. Jorge Sinisterra, Helsinki, Finland

I've met in person while traveling:

1. Suzana Hocevar in Novo mesto, Slovenia
2. Anja Burnik in Ljubljana, Slovenia
3. Hicham Alaoui in Novo mesto, Slovenia
4. Meta & Matija Vidicek in Novo mesto, Slovenia
5. Gabriela Tobias in Novo mesto, Slovenia
6. Matic Novak in Novo mesto, Slovenia
7. Peter Rutar in Prague, Czech Republic
8. Jarda Semerad in Ljubljana, Slovenia
9. Jie Bao in Ljubljana, Slovenia
10. Milos Kuzem in Novo mesto, Slovenia
11. Laurel Ye in Sanya, Hainan, China
12. Jan Pirnat in Ljubljana, Slovenia
13. Fenneke Brascamp in Balikpapan, Kalimantan, Indonesia
14. tia Selviani in Balikpapan, Kalimantan, Indonesia
15. Marlene Burraschi on Mabul Island, Sabah, Malaysia
16. Alissa Petrova on Mabul Island, Sabah, Malaysia
17. Anton Ignatov on Ibiza Island, Spain
18. Teja Muha in Ljubljana, Slovenia
19. Dorde Nikolic in Ljubljana, Slovenia
20. Katia Borisova in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
21. Ancka Adamic on Corfu Island, Greece
22. Dora Zerva in Novo mesto, Slovenia
23. Becky I in Ljubljana, Slovenia
24. Samo Blatnik in Novo mesto, Slovenia
25. Monika Resetar in Prague, Czech Republic
26. Grace Kelly in St. Petersburg, Russia
27. Thatgreatdane in NYC, USA
28. VladoB in Ljubljana, Slovenia
29. Tammow in NYC, USA
30. Gulia-Francesco in NYC, USA
31. Pablo E Irwin Villamil in Philadelphia, USA
32. Sascha Alexander Edelkraut in NYC, USA
33. Laura Asis in NYC, USA
34. Santiago Petrone in NYC, USA
35. tschiellovek-samsarablues in Ljubljana, Slovenia
36. Hye Rim Song in Ljubljana, Slovenia
37. Spela Tezak in Ljubljana, Slovenia
38. Kyne Wong in Ljubljana, Slovenia
39. Alisa Muskinova in Ljubljana, Slovenia
40. Kyle McDougall in Ljubljana, Slovenia
41. Brian_LA in Ljubljana, Slovenia
42. Jonathan Geerdink in Ljubljana, Slovenia
43. Alexander Chugunov in Kazan, Russia
44. Iva Gruden in Ljubljana, Slovenia
45. Milad Ekramnia in Ljubljana, Slovenia
46. Karolina Mikołajewska in Ljubljana, Slovenia
47. Eduard Schoor in Ljubljana, Slovenia
48. Paruyr Jangulyan in Yerevan, Armenia
49. Heghine Torosyan in Yerevan, Armenia
50. Regina Maksimova in St. Petersburg, Russia
51. Alhussain Alsedfy in Ljubljana, Slovenia
52. Suzana Gorenc in Ljubljana, Slovenia
53. Brunel Muba in Ljubljana, Slovenia
54. Rok Likar in Novo mesto, Slovenia
55. Nikhil Raghuwanshi in Ljubljana, Slovenia
56. Andy Johansen in Copenhagen, Denmark
57. KoolEyes in Malmo, Sweden
58. Yongtae Jeon in Ljubljana, Slovenia
59. Graeme McGuire in Ljubljana, Slovenia
60. MXMXMX in Abu Dhabi, UAE
61. Sandesh Gangoda in Abu Dhabi, UAE
62. Jaison Milton in Abu Dhabi, UAE
63. Raymond Aguilar in Abu Dhabi, UAE
64. Andrea Massini in Dubai, UAE
65. Fady Chahine in Ljubljana, Slovenia
66. Simone Panattoni in Modica, Italy
67. Irena and Igor Batistic in Modica, Italy
68. Laila Sayyedová in Modica, Italy
69. Kum-Kum PERRON in Ljubljana, Slovenia
70. Tina-88 in Ljubljana, Slovenia
71. Sheena Chaudhry in Ljubljana, Slovenia
72. Lia Zehnder in Ljubljana, Slovenia
73. Cristian Casu in Ljubljana, Slovenia
74. BENPSCOUCH in Ljubljana, Slovenia
75. Travis Bott in Ljubljana, Slovenia
76. Erica Krimmel in Ljubljana, Slovenia
77. Vedran Juric in Ljubljana, Slovenia
78. Banulu in Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey
79. Nikhil Jadhav in Istanbul, Turkey
80. Cem Yildiz in Istanbul, Turkey
81. Ezel Sadıker in Istanbul, Turkey

Interests

I like to help people, if I can. When I travel I often take some toys for small children with me and bring them to smile. I also go to the market and buy food for some poor families. I feel very happy when I can help someone. Besides, you never know, when you're going to need help yourself ...

  • culture
  • documentaries
  • dining
  • cooking
  • recipes
  • happy hour
  • tv
  • traveling
  • skiing
  • boxing
  • swimming
  • chemistry
  • history
  • science
  • tourism

Music, Movies, and Books

Favorite Music: electronic music such as trance, progressive, house, drum and bass, chill out (my best DJs are Paul van Dyk, Above&Beyond, Aly&Fila, Gareth Emery, Markus Schulz, Carl Cox, Sandy Rivera, Moshic, Steve Lawlel, Eric Prydz, Mat Zo, etc.)

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Visited 70 countries =)

Teach, Learn, Share

I am a licensed professional tour guide (done at The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia) and also a lot of expiriences of guiding (more than 9 years). Till today I have been guiding following places: Slovenia, Croatia, Prague, Brno, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Verona, Venice, Monaco, Cannes, Corfu, Creta, Bratislava, Krakow, Vienna, Budapest, Salzburg, Munchen ...

Teach: I'm always excited to cook and share a meal and learn about the recipes from other cultures.

Learn: Just about anything.

Share: Life experiences

Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Slovenia, Switzerland

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