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𝐵𝑜𝑟𝑛 𝑖𝑛 𝐼𝑛𝑑𝑜𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑎. 𝑅𝑎𝑖𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑇𝘩𝑒 𝑁𝑒𝑡𝘩𝑒𝑟𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑠. 𝑆𝑝𝑜𝑖𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑆𝑝𝑎𝑖𝑛.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
On December 24th 1994 I hitchhiked to Norway and got stuck in Oslo. With a closing train station at 2am, -16° Celcius at night outside and with nowhere to stay, a drugs addict offered me a place to sleep in his house. This experience is the base of my hospitality and this is my very own Christmas story.
In 2015, in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal, I couldn't walk further high in the mountains and I was about to lay down my head in a school building. A neighbour saw me and invited me in her primitive house where she lived with her family and their livestock, walking and flying through the 'living room'.
In 2017 my homeowner rented out the smaller room in my apartment for Airbnb for 60 euro a night. Me having the master bedroom wanted to give the world a better holiday experience in the same apartment by offering them my bedroom for free. Hence I signed up with CouchSurfing.
- video editing
- dining & wining
- aerial videography
- social distancing
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
- I volunteered 2 months directly after the earthquake in Nepal.
On April 25th 2015, Nepal got hit by a 7.8M earthquake. Almost 9.000 people would loose their lives and 1,500,000 got displaced. I arrived that same day and volunteered for 2 months with several NGO's.
Teach, Learn, Share
I love to organize CS food events in my apartment. It started with Sunday Breakfasts in my previous apartment and nowadays I do Friday Dinners with up to 6 CSers, and exceptionally 12.
Barcelona has an active CS community. We are organized in different chat groups. Local CSers meetup weekly, but randomly, in bars or at home. There are several chat groups for different kind of reoccuring activities. There is the bi-weekly Picnic, drinks & beach event, the monthly Picnic in the park event and, depending on the weather, hikings in the mountains. Occasionally we do Karaoke night on Thursdays.
In the summer we organize CS meetups with Free Movie on the Beach, organized by a local beer company. There is no fee to watch the movie and it is an excellent setting for a CS picnic in the evening.
Personally I like to organize gastro hikes; either I select a trail around a rural restaurant, or we bring our own gastronomical tapas and wine/vermut for a picnic on a summit. Visit my CS channel at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgh-rwOSGpmRUoVxyqRY-go_7weM-JVvg for drone footages of my gastro hikes.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Though I am an active host, I wouldn't surf myself. Often I don't stay long in one place, but if I would stay somewhere overnight, I would stay in a hostel. Just to meet a variety of people and don't get depended on only one person.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Aruba, Austria, Belgium, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Curaçao, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Laos, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Indonesia, Nepal, Netherlands, Romania, Spain