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Beruang Brian

Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan

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Last login 11 days ago

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  • 30 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in Dutch, English, German, Italian; learning Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Turkish
  • 32, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Pollination
  • Photography
  • From Planet Thunder
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me


Thank you couchsurfing for fixing 'Taiwan, Province of China'.


Relatively free spirited, although I miss the Europe from the 1990s. I grew up in an Amsterdam of ghettoes, graffiti and illegal raves, then changed my attitude and helped build up the city into the economic powerhouse it is now. For six months. Then I became a squatter and later an art student.

Four years ago I left and moved to China, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, and Japan again. Who knows what the future holds? But for the moment I'm taking advantage of a life in a smoothly organised society. I don't do much, usually I just hang out somewhere with my laptop and watch Cowboy Bebop.


"Why do you live your life ?"

Did some Dutch sect buy all the shares of couchsurfing ?

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


I hosted the 1995 Hong Kong olympic games.

visited 37 states (16.4%)


Usually very good. I keep running into former hosts and guests while travelling, which makes it even better.


My favourite place in the world: Taketomi

I volunteer(ed) for the following: Tasmanian devil conservation, Japan earthquake / tsunami, zoo naps.

Furthermore I have an active interest in ceramics.

Music, Movies & Books

Mostly jazz, like John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Joe Henderson. A few bands, like the Creatures, but I'm oblivious to contemporary guitar bands : D

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.

For the moment I like fashion more than fiction, think Helmut Lang and Vivienne Westwood, and I still rather go to parties than to concerts.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Swimming in the rain in Thailand, travelling to Batman in Turkey.

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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