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To teach every human being the meaning of 'lekker'
Fun, easygoing, blablamorecliche'sbla. I do find it really hard to describe myself (hurray for more cliche's!). Check the references for some biased critique. My friends say I have character which I find a nice compliment. I am usually interested in other people as long as they're open minded and not too shy. I guess I like to make a good first impression.
Eh... I like not making life too difficult. I wish I could live by this poem-like thing that I see a lot these days that says stuff like 'if you don't like your job, quit'. I find that to be hard once you're well and deep inside your comfort zone. I guess my philosophy is: live outside your comfort zone. I also think I am a hypocrite.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Hosting & Surfing. I try to reply to every request that's directed to me, not to generic couchsurfing requests.
It started in Western Australia when one of the 9 people I was traveling with in convoy said: "Hey I'll check out if I can find a place to stay in Perth on CS. Maybe there's room for the rest too". Later on he said: "Hey I found this guy Simon. He can host us all". Simon hosted 9 people in his backyard cottage. This is how I was introduced. Because Simon decided to host 9! people at once. Time to pay it forward.
I like spending time with friends the most. Being with people I care for and with whom I can feel at ease with is my favorite way of spending time. Other than that I very much enjoy cooking for others. I spent around two years working in kitchens (one in particular) where I picked up some tricks. In my own kitchen I figured out that you can basically make any dish amazing by adding stock cubes to it (which contains mono-sodium glutamate a.k.a. E621 which makes everything taste better). I haven't decided yet whether I find this particular ingredient bad or not. It feels like cheating somehow, so I use it sparingly. Feel free to comment. For economical and environmental reasons, I eat vegetarian a few times a week too.
This wondering about E621 and it's value to society doesn't usually take too long, which leaves enough time for me to work in Amsterdam's finest microbrewery Brouwerij 't IJ. The beers are usually really good, even though they don't contain E621 (or any other additives for that matter).
Also, I have been climbing a lot lately in climbing halls and outdoors in countries with a bit more differences in height than the Netherlands.
Furthermore I enjoy reading and watching series and films as well. I like to fix broken things myself. Sometimes I break more stuff by doing so, like my roommates' Ipod, it's broken now too.
I enjoy the occasional party and cynical jokes too. Oh and board games not to forget. Board games for sure! Almost forgot about that one because of all this E621-crap.
Oh and playing chess! I really need a worthy opponent...
- board games
- dumpster diving
- outdoor activities
- scuba diving
- rock climbing
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: most of the things other people enjoy too. Pulp fiction and stuff. Most of the things done by Tim Burton, the Coen Brothers, Tarantino. Forrest Gump is an all time favorite.
Music: at the moment Clutch - Regulator is playing. The first artist that I put on my old Ipod that I found somewhere again are Amadou et Mariam, Black Keys, Black Seeds, Bob Dylan, Cat Empire, Eels, Hilltop Hoods, Pink Floyd, Seeed.
Books: Two of my favorite books are 1984 and Catch-22. I finished the Song of Ice and Fire series a few months ago and enjoyed it thoroughly. Reading Dune now. Also like a lot of Irivine Welsh's and Chuck Palahniuk's work.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Road tripping through Australia was in itself pretty unforgettable. Camping on remote islands or out of sight but right next to the beach of a big city, dumpster diving for free food in the containers of big supermarkets (you won't believe what good stuff people throw away these days), dancing on the roof of my car in the outback in the middle of the night, swimming with a big turtle, jumping from 20 meters high into the water...
Last summer my friends and I were hiking through the Pyrenees. One friend and I decided to cross the border from France to Spain, meaning that after already 3 hours of walking we had to go up another 500 meters or so and descend on the other side, where there was icy snow and steepness and all kinds of those awful things (here it should be noted that we were carrying 20kg backpacks the whole time). We made it down eventually and decided that we should walk on a bit further for a good place for our tent. We were forced to walk on for a good 5 hours (10 hours of walking with the backpacks in total) until we finally found a spot out of the rain and wind and stuff. Even though this was physically the hardest day of my life and I funked up my knees for a while, it was also one of the most awesome things I've done. It felt like an amazing achievement.
Amazing things I've seen: This T-shirt that displays two clown fish facing each other, of which one has a cream pie in it's face. It had me laughing for a few days. Ok Go video clips.
Teach, Learn, Share
I hope people will enjoy what I can tell about making beer or cooking or if you really want I can put my nose into the psychology books that are still decorating my bookshelf and tell you something Freudian (dirty joke).
Some things interest me, some things don't. I'll find out what I want to learn once I hear it, I guess. I do feel like I'm usually pretty interested in whatever.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Japan, New Zealand
Countries I’ve Lived In
Netherlands, New Zealand