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The world is our oyster! My oyster is OPENING!
My motto: CARPE DIEM! SEIZE THE DAY! GRYP DIE DAG! (Afrikaans: my home language) I'm a adventurer at heart, but did not have the finances to realize my worldwide couch dreams, but through the internet, I surf where ever I want to! I'm a passionate person about all things meaningful in life - occupation (teacher of learners with learning disabilities), family (loving wife and two beautiful sons), friends (I have few REAL friends, but those I have are for life),curious about the world (here my travellust emerges, willing to be adventurous, that includes making new aquintances, learning about other cultures and sharing mine), food (I love cooking, great conversation piece - what are you cooking tonite?!,essence and variety of life!) and good wine(savoured and aged like good friends), LIFE ITSELF IN ALL ITS GLORIOUS FULLNESS, but also keeping in mind that we have a destiny waiting of which this life is but a spark!
CARPE DIEM!.... with one eye firmly fixed on our ETERNAL DESTINY!
Passionate for life! Not a moment to spare!
There is a PLACE in the (African) SUN for EVERYONE!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I envisage to contribute to the richness and variety of this project in my small way by letting you know as fully as possible what my corner of the earth looks like and how I endeavour each day to make it meaningful for myself and others around me. I intend to be a host ambassador for South Africa with you coming to visit me and hopefully I will have the opportunity to get to know your place in the sun better by chatting, email and travelling there!
Through books I have travelled the world since I was able to read. My creative parents encouraged my imaginary travels with more books, atlasses and geograghy lessons to make me a world traveller since childhood. In my later years I followed the conservative path of study, work,family and friends - the greater part of my income invested in my children's futures and enabling them to travel where I haven't been yet. Now that my wife and I are retired - children have flown the nest worldwide - the wanderlust can take flight again. In 2005 we made our first leap to TURKEY - a facinating experience. With the internet I have of course broadened my vision even wider AND I hope with Couchsurfing.com the dreams will be more attainable by getting to know real people with the same passion. During SOCCER 2010 the world came to my couch! An awesome experience!
Too many to address. Here is a few: PEOPLE, cultures,art,music, books books books, internet surfing, food etc etc
I HAVE STUMBLED UPON A GREAT WEBSITE TO COMPLEMENT THE CS EXPERIENCE - http://mealtango.com/index - host a meal for travellers at home with traditional cooking and spread the TASTING culture all over the world! CHECK IT OUT!
- adventure races
Music, Movies, and Books
Classical, rock (50 and 60ties tops!), musicals(Lloyd Webber!)
Paul Coelho - The Alchemist, Kahlil Gibran - The Prophet, Richard Carlson - Don't Sweat series, Eckhart tolle - The New Earth and biographies and travelogues
Films: David Lean's films and slapstick english humour (Carry on, The Goons, etc.)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
SOUTH AFRICAN SPLENDID BEAUTY AND DIVERSE PEOPLE (12 official languages!)
Netherlands The Polders
Teach, Learn, Share
This spot is open to discussion as we go forth on our exciting journey thruogh the world, through your heart and mine!
Countries I’ve Visited
Netherlands, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In