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  • 61 References 56 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Dutch, English; learning Spanish
  • 50, Other
  • Member since 2008
  • IT consultants (Java developer & Testing expert)
  • University
  • From Zaandam, North Holland, Netherlands
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About Me

We understand that you want to see Amsterdam, but if you are only interested in visiting Amsterdam, you better search a host or hostel in Amsterdam itself.

So, if you want to stay with us, we'd like it when you show some interest in our region, the Zaanregion. There are a lot of nice and interesting things to see and do. And afterwards, most Couchsurfers enjoyed the Zaanregion more than Amsterdam. See for a birds eye view

Requests for one or two weeks ahead have a higher change of being accepted than further away, since we don't like to plan our life to far ahead ourselves.

We're a Dutch couple, living in the center of Zaandam, a town very near Amsterdam. We like life and travel. In 1990 Eelco traveled through Africa by car with 2 friends. Bas traveled through Australia a year later. From 2004 till 2007 we traveled together through Latin America. See on our website ( and google plus ( for more about these travels.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


We like to host now and then. Due to our location very near Amsterdam we get a lot of requests. We could host every day if we wanted. That is why we have a 'Maybe' as status. We surf as well, we did that twice now in our own country, combining hiking and couchsurfing, see also our story on


Travelling (the world and holland), sailing (just started), IT, volunteering for local events and our communal garden (, visiting our local pub....

  • birds
  • walking
  • pub crawls
  • gardening
  • news
  • traveling
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • volunteering

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Meeting my girlfriend, I couldn't talk about anything else any more ;-) And of course my trip through Africa in 1990 with two friends. But more recent, our first CouchSurf-walking holiday in North-Holland was amazing!

Countries I’ve Visited

Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malawi, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Rwanda, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Togo, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Countries I’ve Lived In


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