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"Most of all, Guus is plain nuts."
Christof, (Romenia, Germany, Ukraine, Transnistria, Russia)
"I'm in awe of Guus for the way he travels. He really gets inside a place and its people."
You will laugh till tears will appear on your face and won't be any more air to breathe!it's dangerous,you know:-)"
"When Guus was introduced as my co-surfer for some time I thought "Oh shit, this dude talks to much"
"And the better you seem to know him the more you become surprised. Guus your character is as solid as your heartbeat"
Isabel, (Kiev, Zurich, The Netherlands)
"He is the ultimate traveller and would cycle to the end of the world if there was one... just to check it out!"
Barbara, (Den Bosch)
"Guus told me the most embarrassing story i have ever heard and plenty of other funny stories."Johanna, (Finland)
The crazy Dutchy. Fantastic guy, forever optimistic and in search of adventure"
Andrew (Italy, Scotland, Scandinavia, Baltic States, Australia, Russian, Canada, USA)
"His insightful coolness, his air of complete comprehension, and his passionate glint will rob you of all sense"Ash, (Seoul)
"Surely,I am not the first person who admires Guus,but he is the first one I admire.Whenever you meet Guus,you'll understand what I'm talking about :)"Natalia, (Transnistria, Den Bosch)
"they will be unique to you and leave a permanent imprint on your soul.I can easily say Guus is one of such people for me."
Olya (Minsk)"Oh, yes! He is a cool dancer:)"
-Life is a comprise (LIAC), tolerating and learning to accept what I cannot change-You can receive so much by giving and sharing what you already have
-Your words are the mirrors of your soul, not your eyes-The biggest limition in life is the one that is created in your own mind-Count what you have, not what you miss-When you are old, you will regret more things you didn't do then the ones you did (wrong)-The body is the best tool you will ever own, take good care of it!-When a guest, feel at home but don't forget you are a guest
-A womans hart is not conquered with a sword but with the right words.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
By providing company (mostly as a guest):
"The most important ingredient for a good meal is good company"
So here is my personal recipe:
Start with a strong base of cheerfulness and optimism. Add some interests (see lower),character and a pinch of boldness to make the dish more peculiar. Mix adventure, romance, travel experience and stories to make it more exotic. Strain the dish to remove the bitter tastes of arrogance, vanity and selfishness. Add toppings of talk activeness, politeness and a generous dose of good humour.
(Experience with this dish might vary depending on personal taste).
Anything from meeting for a drink and surfing somebodies floor till friends for life and a relationship. I like CS so much because it does not matter if you do it for the first time or did it a hunderd times before: you never know what to expect. Which is in stark contrast with a box of chocolade because no matter what shape or taste, it will always be chocolade...
Things that interest me:
History, swimming, movies, monuments, politics, carpentry, fortifications, nature, psychology, videogames, snow&ice, philosophy, tempels, Russia, climbing, museums, churches, extreems, cycling, books, hiking, people, conversation, learning, languages and the Arctic region
...and seeing the fact that I'm a young male traveling through World: Food, sex, travel(ing)
Things that don't interest me:
(Talk about) Fashion, cars and football. Style dancing, most forms of metal, techno, dance, trance and house music.
- dumpster diving
- scuba diving
- rock climbing
- urban exploration
Music, Movies, and Books
(From all the following names I have seen/read/heard multiple movies/books/albums)
Christopher Nolan (Memento), Isabel Coixet (My life without me) Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Father and Dauther Coppola (Godfather trilogy, Lost in Translation) Roman Polanski (Chinatown), George Lucas (Star Wars), Takeshi Kitano (Dolls), Steven Spielberg (SchindlerÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢s List), Takashi Miike (Deadly outlaw Rekka) Wachowski Brothers (Matrix trilogy), Coen Brothers (The man who wasn't there), Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Alejandro GonzÃÆÃÂ¡lez IÃÆÃÂ±ÃÆÃÂ¡rritu (Amores perros), Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), Spike Lee (25th Hour)
Band of Brothers, The Wire, True Blood, Dexter
Bill Bryson (Neither here nor there), Dan Simmons (Hyperion), Tony Hawks (Round Ireland with a fridge), Peter F. Hamilton (Commonwealth Saga), Douglas Adams (Hitch Hikers guide to the Galaxy), Isaac Asimov (Foundation), Father and Son Herbert (Dune series), Larry Niven (Ring world), Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game), Frank Westerman (Ararat).
Coldplay, Kashmir, The Doors, U2, Thomas Dybdahl, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lenny kravitz, Jack Johnson, Radiohead, Muse, Limp Bizkit, Rammstein
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I believe that amazing things can inspire, make thing worth the effort and why and how we fall in love with places and people. But I also think that we are just as strongly (if not stronger) shaped by the things that goes wrong.So here are my most despaired times during my travels:-Setting myself on fire-Crashing into a opening car door with my bike-Sitting down on my own knife-Breaking up after 2.5 years of relationship-Getting stuck upon on +2000m without food, water nor money (for the funicular)-Missing a funeral-Mentally, physically and emotionally being grinded down completely in the coldest region on the planet-Seeing my bag drive off in a Marshrutka with out me-Photo's that went missing or got corrupted
-Having to turn back 150m from the Summit on Mt Kazbek-Parting from the people I intensively traveled together with
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach you the following concepts/things:
How to make a "Cornlog" (not "Corndog")
The art of "Doorknocking"
Enjoying "Delightfully dirty food"
How to make a good "Dutch oven"
What is and how to go "Dumpster Diving"
Surviving minus 50(C) and lower
A course beginners/advanced course in "Food Crawling"
I can tell you about the following things:
Coming down on the wrong side of the mountain range
Me being adopted in a Italian mountain village
How I jumped onto a moving train in order to catch it!
About cycling in a frozen dessert called Lake Baikal
Hiking with a museum piece against polar bears?
Getting into trouble in North Korea :(
A story so romantic it could be a fairytale
Getting arrested in Iran (Twice!)
On expedition to Kara Bogaz in Turkmenistan
Meeting the man who changed my life: Andrew
And as a bonus:
Vol. I, II and III of the most embarrassing stories you have ever heard!
Always up to learn new things, open for new stories and more information, from who or what comes my way
Countries I’ve Visited
Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, North Korea, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In