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Dave and Anna Meyer

Woodstock, NY, United States

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Overview

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  • Fluent in Dutch, English, French; learning Chinese, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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  • Member since 2008
  • Annabelle WAS a lawyer, Dave is a wr...
  • We both hold many degrees and yet no...
  • From Annabelle was born in Brussels, Belgium; Dave in NY, USA;
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Make it to Rio before June 2012!

ABOUT ME

We are an American and a Belgian married and wandering the world since the end of 2009. That meant first spending 16 months cycling through East and Southern Africa, and now we are on our way to Rio, hoping to arrive by June 2012, traveling without the bicycles this time though. We're travelers at heart I guess; we met in Mongolia. On our way we're making documentaries that you can watch on our website www.permacyclists.com.

In our pre-traveling life, Anna was a lawyer specializing in criminal law and working closely with the NGO ATD 4th world.

Dave is a writer, writing novels and short stories and small articles on traveling and things like that.

PHILOSOPHY

"Love all, Trust a few, Do wrong to none" W. Shakespeare.

Anna is a vegan. Dave is a vegetarian. We believe in trying to become better people through meditation and the Buddha's teachings.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

We used to host in Brussels, but now that we're on the road that is no longer possible. We are full-time surfers now, though we are waiting patiently for the moment we have our own place and we can welcome as many CS'ers as is humanly possible!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

We've been hosting since april '08 and have surfed a ton. Sometimes, to practice, we even slept on our own couch - it was really very comfortable.

Interests

We love to read, to walk around cities for hours, we love biking, hiking, we love Nature, we love sharing ideas with people, we love film making & photography. Dave does vipassana meditation, Anna does ashtanga yoga.

We are also very interested in ecology and love to exchange ideas on that vast topic. We're interested in real environmental solutions like permaculture.

Our future plans involve farming, building our own house and living the Good Life - growing all our own food, producing all our own energy. We love visiting people who do similar things and we are always desperate to learn more.

Music, Movies & Books

We're BIG readers.

Dave has a mild obsession with Proust. He also loves David Markson and Nabokov. He's been reading more nonfiction lately as well, which is a bit of a change.

Anna likes anything good, from Dostoyevski to Gary. Anna prefers non-fiction though, to better understand the world we're living in, and once a month she reads a book she thinks is so amazing "it should be required reading." She also has a passion for the Brönte sisters.

Musicwise, we like jazz, indie rock, country, hip-hop, just about anything good.

Movies: We love a good movie every so often but we're not connoiseurs. We think that the best TV shows ever are 'The Wire'and the first 9 seasons of the Simpsons.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Cycled through a group of Mountain Gorillas in Uganda by pure luck!

Teach, Learn, Share

We know some things about the environment, permaculture, natural building, (bike) travel, learning languages, writing, film making & photography. We are always looking for ways to learn more about these things.

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Bolivia, Plurinational State of, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Malawi, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Tanzania, United Republic of, Turkey, Uganda, Vatican City State, Zambia

Countries I've Lived In

Austria, Belgium, United States

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