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I am traveling at the moment, currently roughing it in Copenhagen, the city where the lumberjack / hipster culture was incubated. This covers beards, craft beer, small batch hamburgers, and now includes man buns, which are normal in Greece but an oddity here where people used to wear helmets.
I grew up in Amsterdam, poor in a rich neighborhood. I left five and a half years ago and lived mostly in east Asia, exploring the typical zones of disappointment between cities and the countryside, for my photography. A few of my favorite places include Sarawak, Kumamoto prefecture, Taiwan with its goofball expat / local creative community, and Darwin.
In terms of social interaction I'm not really a heavy drinker, in fact, I usually stick to yoohoo.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I used to host a lot of people back home (even in squats) and in Taipei, and I keep running into former guests and hosts while journeying, and that makes it really worthwhile.
I'm discovering Okinawan lifestyle and I like it very much.
I volunteered for some environmental things like the Tsunami in Japan and forest / animal conservation in Tasmania. I'm quite interested in sustainability and adapting lifestyles towards that, but it seems quite normal in Japan, outside of the cities.
In the Netherlands I went through art school and I'm slowly recovering. In Japan I worked as an actor and interior designer. I learned some Tai ji quan.
- interior design
Music, Movies, and Books
I listen to mostly jazz, like Greg Osby, John Coltrane, Wilbur Harden, Sam Rivers, and old ska, like Patsy Todd. I also like Bunny Wailer, Austra, and a lot of hip-hop.
I like Gaspar Noe, the director of Irreversible and other intense films. I'm also a big fan of Wong Kar-Wai and the actors he works with.
I read a few books by Bret Easton Ellis, Yukio Mishima, Gabriele D'Annunzio, and magazines that feature Donald Duck.
I support the Orioles and the Pelicans.
My preferred fashion labels are Helmut Lang, Vivienne Westwood, Viviani Harambe and YSL, although I buy everything second hand because I oppose overproduction.
Politically speaking I am non political, but I do support causes in general, and I highly believe in equality for the universe.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Swimming in the rain in Thailand, travelling to Batman in Turkey.
Living in Darwin was also fantastic, especially when I took a walk into the bush and found mangroves with mudskippers, creatures I wanted to see since I was little.
Teach, Learn, Share
Hmmm ... I know how to say duck in at least nine different languages.
Con vịt de canard
lol that's a few more than I thought
What I Can Share with Hosts
Some cooking skills (a lot of chilli peppers), stories of debauchery or stories of devotion, fix a tyre.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, China, Iran, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Japan, Netherlands, Taiwan