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Overview

  • 86 references 69 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Afrikaans, English; learning German
  • 44, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Entrepreneur, Musician, Educator
  • Post grad
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

I love traveling.
And I love meeting new people.
So CS IS the perfect place for me!

I play in a band, so if your timing is good, I might even be able to take you along to some gigs!

PHILOSOPHY
I like to help people.
I believe we each have a purpose on this planet.
I try to reduce my carbon footprint where I can.
I believe in a higher power.
I believe in the truth. Even if it hurts.
I believe that I know nothing. I am inquisitive.
I am passionate. I can be intense.
I like to think that I think outside of the box.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

Hosting is like having the wonders of traveling come to you, in the comfort of your own home. :)
I really enjoy showing people around my city. Having lived here all my life, I can take you to some off-the-beaten-track places. And I have seen my city in new ways, through the eyes of my guests, and even discovered new places!

A good surfing experience is like visiting a friend you never met in a city you've never been to.
I've been so grateful to discover hidden gems I would never otherwise have known about, and to experience what it is like to live somewhere else, even just for a few days.

I've made SO MANY lifelong friends through this site. In fact, I cannot imagine my life without ever having joined CS.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE
I have officially and unofficially surfed couches (and floors :) all over the world and have hosted and shown many people around Johannesburg and surrounds.
Most (99%) have been extraordinary experiences!
I've three times had the extraordinary experience of being a surfer with and host for the same person.

Interests

Music!
Traveling!
Gardening!

Chatting about the meaning of it all with strangers.
Challenging myself in unusual ways/facing my fears.

  • literature
  • gardening
  • music
  • hiking
  • art
  • films

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: Anything that moves me to dance, remember, relax, forget or just go crazy!

Some favourites:
Fleetwood Mac.
Meg Myers.
Tori Amos.
Jack Savoretti.
Alexi Murdoch.
John Mayer. I get a lot of flack for this (are you sure deep down you're not a 16yr old girl?) but apart from being a bit of a celeb, John is just a great guitar player and songwriter.
Dallas Green/City and Colour.
Sarah McLachlan.
Live.
Missy Higgins.
Rat LaMontagne.
Sting.
Vertical Horizon.
The War on Drugs.

My favourite book is Nineteen eighty-four by George Orwell. Nowadays, I don't really get to read as much as I'd like to. I like autobiographies by interesting people. I also enjoy travel books. If I have the time, I'll read anything, as long as it's good! Not so much into fiction anymore though.

Movies: I love 'em all!
Some favourites:
Brazil
Stranger Than Fiction
V for Vendetta
The Usual Suspects
The Prestige
The English Patient
Star Wars
Memento
The Red Violin
Dark City
American Psycho
Garden State
A Clockwork Orange
Closer
Walk the line
Boondock Saints
5th Element
Gattaca
Great Expectations

Series:
Not the biggest fan of looooong series but these few have completely blown my mind:
Dark (possibly the best thing I have ever seen in my entire life)
La casa de papel (money heist)
Killing Eve

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Choosing just 1 is impossible. So here are a few, in no particular order:
* Drifting on a kayak in the middle of the bay of islands (New Zealand) and looking at the milky way. Never in my life have I seen so many stars.
* Hiking to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, USA
* Franz Joseph Glacier, New Zealand
* Hiking the Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand
* Hearing Tori Amos sing my favourite song in the world (ever) as her very last encore - the only time on that tour she played that song!
* Being invited to a concert 'by some guitar guy' who turned out to be JON GOMM!!
* Experiencing reciprocated love at first sight. (it didn't last LOL)
* Hiking on 5 continents (so far)

I'm a dreamer. So this list is not complete without adding a few dreams in there (with some real hope that they make it to the first list):
* Sailing across the Atlantic.
* Would love to make it Hiking on all 7 continents.
* Working with one of my music heroes.

Teach, Learn, Share

I would love to learn some more languages. It would be great if it could be from a native speaker.
I am learning German as my brother and his family now live in Switzerland.
Also always been interested in Spanish, since it was my grandfather's language, but I never knew this until a few years ago. (I am of German/Belgian/Argentinian/South African descent. Crazy mix;-)

What I Can Share with Hosts

I can cook you a mean local dish, or a foreign dish for that matter. I like to eat, hence, I have learned to cook :)

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Botswana, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Zambia

Countries I’ve Lived In

England, South Africa, Spain

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