Beruang Brian

Seoul, Korea, Republic of

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Overview

  • 32 References 16
  • Fluent in Dutch, English, German, Italian; learning Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Turkish
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Art / design
  • Photography
  • From Amsterdam
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

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.

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.

Interests

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

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