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*** Disclaimer : hosts in Amsterdam tend to receive about 10 requests a day. Send me a request / message ONLY if you have read everything here and feel that we would get along. And please tell me why. You get it, the "Hi (wrong name), we are 5 guys and we can sleep on your floor we come to party wooohooo!!!" type-of-message will be dismissed.
Also. My partner and I have a B&B, so paying guests. Therefore we rarely have couchsurfers but that can happen, only at low-season or during weekdays. Have a look: www.firejuice.amsterdam You are also welcome to book, but we are on CS here so I won't ask anyone who sends a message to pay :) Either it's available for free, or it's not.****
Now, the nice stuff :p For those who were familiar with the old version of CS, my "current mission" was :
Live. Love. Focus on now or next step, only.
And this was the "about me" part:
After marketing and politics studies in Paris then working there in a bank for a while, I realized that life wasn't for me. So I quit and began to enjoy a more uncertain and hectic life made of travels, discoveries, challenges, different jobs. I have lived in Marseille, Montréal, Lille and I am now in love with Amsterdam where I intend to stay in the long-term. Every day life here consists in working with awesome people to make the world a better place, volunteering here and there, hanging out in squats and social centers, enjoying good time with friends and loved ones, getting involved in all kinds of shenanigans, etc etc. I usually feel very busy, or very lazy.
Movement, change, new encounters, adventures keep me alive. Strangers' kindness, hitch-hiking, unexpected situations, discoveries and writing about all that are some of my drugs.
I try to understand how peoples mind work, how they build their perceptions and make choices. I love to connect with random people, to dance, to love, to experience intense timestretch or hectic adventures, to walk through the city at night, to be amazed by simple things, to feel I'm abroad, far from "home".
A few keywords that may ring a bell for some of you : queer, polyamorous, hippie-ish, nudist-ish, activist-ish. Lots of of ishes, lots of shades between black and white.
"Je crois qu'il y a un visage du monde qui nous est dérobé, qu'on peut apprendre à palper par petites touches, et qui repose dans une sorte d'harmonie parfaite." (Nicolas Bouvier)
Then ... Whatever works.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I've been a CS member since 2008, when it was an ugly functional website. Since then I have hosted many lovely people and stayed with even more lovely people. Some of them have changed the course of my life.
Among the accommodations I was lucky to "surf" were a yurt, luxurious houses, cute lovely rooms and gardens where to pitch a tent. If I start describing the amazing beings living there I would never stop :p
"CS is NOT a dating site" BUT life sometime happens. It's not why I'm on couchsurfing, obviously, but besides that I tend to enjoy the intensity that comes with a CS experience, when crazy unexpected adventures happen and leave both host and guest with a "wow!" long-lasting feeling.
LISTS ! New places, faces, tastes, smells, sounds, feelings... Taking the most of any pleasure time and enjoying perfect moments of perfect match especially between music, people, light and atmosphere. Dancing, dancing and dancing.
Observing people and situations. How they deal with, what they expect, what they get. Connecting dots. Noticing details.
Cooking (vegan and vegetarian friendly !), adrenalin, coffee, imagination, beans, gardening, serendipity, sarcasm, spiritualities, dumpsterdiving, inspired tattoos, bass, hippie stuff, hugs, contagious smiles, psychedelismmm.
Music, Movies, and Books
I love electronic musics that tickle your ears and make you perspire and vibrate, especially dubstep-ish stuff, trance and glitchy things... Sunset or sunrise music.
A few DJs and bands who sound like chocolate to my ears : Plastician, Marty Party, Bassnectar, Fever Ray, Eoto, Dub-4, Babylon System, Nosaj Thing, Flying Lotus, Amon Tobin, Prodigy, Wax Tailor, Bluetech, Shpongle, Carbon-based Lifeforms, Gaudi, Entheogenic, Thievery Corporation...
I also enjoy special voices and oldies, powerful songs you can have stuck in your head for weeks. Different kinds of rock, funk, some new wave, some hip-hop, downtempo.
Movies that that brilliantly show unstoppable decline and spiral of events and / or give a realistic description of an atmosphere. [Forrest Gump, Control, This is England, Eastern Promises, Darwin's Nightmare, C.R.A.Z.Y, Goodfellas, Baraka, The Gleaners and I, Boy A, Sin Nombre, Mary and Max, Enter the void, Un Prophète, Darren Aronofsky's, Taking Off ... ]. Documentaries in general.
Books : anything that make you travel in time/space, from novels by J Riel to french classics, fiction and non-fiction. [G Orwell, S King, A. Baricco, A. Maupin, B. Vian, G. Garcia-Marquez, N. Bouvier, Kundera, Steinbeck, Zola, Céline, Maillard, David-Néel, Kerouac, Huxley, London...] Some all-times favorites : Ocean Sea, Ravage, Voyage au bout de la nuit, L'Arrache-coeur, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Pot-Bouille, Dans une chambre inconnue, It, To the unknown God, The Dharma Bums, Le Sabotage Amoureux, Love in times of cholera, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
One ? Can't do that, it's like asking what is your favourite food. Let's talk about our amazing things!
What I Can Share with Hosts
Experience living is probably the best thing to share with someone, whatever it could be. Let's go out and dance to weird music. Come along to eat yummy cheap food in an alternative not-for-profit place. A bike ride in the flat-yet-charming countryside North of home.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Canada, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Senegal, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, France, Netherlands, United Kingdom