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Overview

  • 20 references 16 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Dutch, English; learning French, Spanish
  • 47, Male
  • Member since 2013
  • CTO
  • Started with a lot of things, finished none.
  • From Schiedam, South Holland, Netherlands
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About Me

I used to work as a graphic designer, and lead a studio of 5 people. I stopped it as I didn’t want to work in the same field for all my life.
I worked in a refugee camp in Greece for about a year in total. After that I workied in a company that aims to bring solar power to rural Africa - electricity is key for development and income. Now I'm a CTO in a small firm that works on reducing damage caused by construction work.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

It started all with me renting out my place on Airbnb, because I really liked Airbnb when I travel myself. I have met so many nice people and the feeling of actually living in a place instead of being in a hotel. I thought: why not offer that to visitors in Rotterdam.
And of course even when I'm at home I have place for a traveller on my sleeping couch or two travellers on my airbed, so let me know if you want to stay. Meeting international travellers gives me a sense of traveling, without leaving my region! And since then I started also to surf couches myself, especially when i travel alone. A great way to meet great people!

I have build up quite some knowledge about Rotterdam and region and I love doing walking tours of Rotterdam. If you feel like it, contact me and I can show you around :)

Interests

I like both to cook and to eat out.
i like cycling, scuba diving, skiing, snowboarding.
Concerts (everything: funk, jazz, classical, chansons, techno), theater, opera. And love the better techno clubs, preferably in Berlin.
Travelling (been to Africa a lot of times, been to Lebanon and Iran and I want to see more of Asia).

  • arts
  • culture
  • design
  • graphic design
  • contemporary art
  • festivals
  • cooking
  • traveling
  • road trips
  • food
  • africa
  • techno music
  • techno
  • solar energy
  • management
  • refugees
  • design thinking
  • leadership
  • rural development

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: So much, from techno, folk, jazz to opera.
Movies: art house, French, Italian
Books: literature and poetry, merely Dutch.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I drove a car from Amsterdam to Timbouctou, Mali, with a friend. We travelled about four weeks, through the Sahara. Upon arrival we sold the car, travelled to Bamako by bus and flew back home.

Teach, Learn, Share

Every day I learn about people, about live. Especially when traveling. And also by meeting international people. I can learn you about cooking, traveling, designing, management, coding, Rotterdam and about live in general. I would love to learn to speak Arabic.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I've a one person sleeping couch (which is actually quite good to sleep on) in the living room. I am happy to meet travellers of all kinds, ages, countries, preferences etc.
And if I'm not able to host you, I might be available to give you a nice walking tour of my city.

Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, Estonia, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Kenya, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Scotland, Senegal, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Western Sahara

Countries I’ve Lived In

Greece, India, Netherlands

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