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Hi, I work in a traditional guesthouse in Seoul. I obviously can only offer free accommodation when my boss is out of town, which is sometimes. We can also go camping, or sleep in my friend's studio and make music or something.
I was born in Amsterdam in a hovel, yes it is that poor and it wasn't very pleasant. But I learned survival and wit at an early age and moved up in the world: I now drink overpriced coffee in Seoul.
I am currently working on a piece of video art. It always cracks me up that people watch these things.
And oh yeah, I can't host people who are verified on CouchSurfing. Don't pay for stuff on the internet. And in case you were wondering: I am the person who got Taiwan, province of China changed back to Taiwan on this website.
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.
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.
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.
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