Marianne de Swart

Quanzhou, Fujian, China

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  • Fluent in Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, English; learning French, German, Italian
  • 41, Female
  • Member since 2010
  • Teacher, some business here and there, used to write
  • MA in philosphy
  • From Baarle Nassau, interesting little enclave village in Holland
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About Me


Shorterm: Become a toy designer .Longterm: die content with the life I lived. Impossible: to start liking Celine Dion.


Just another person trying to have a good time while stuck on our little planet. Enjoys Chinese food, loves dogs, has a compulsive 'disorder' to try new things. Also a bit of a language geek. Living in China long term and finding myself more Chinafied every day.

I have a tendency to 'roam around'. By bike, on foot or by train. I feel excited about all the things 'that lie around the corner'.


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Hosting/ surfing and visiting / organising meetings.


Jan @ Turnhout
Harry @ Hoek van Holland
Jo-Anneke @ Rotterdam
Ralph @ Ghent
Ilse, Maarten, Lilou and Kaya @ De Lier
Soheil @ Schipluiden
Murat @ Rotterdam
Stephanie @ Paris
Xing Ruo Yu @ Nijmegen
Pieta @ Rotterdam
Erika @ Cluj Romania
Akos @ Budapest Hungary
Isabella @ Al Ain UAE
Yi Na in Taiwan
Mohammed in Sri Lanka
Kim in Vietnam

Verena from Rotterdam/ Germany
Arjan from Netherlands
Amir from Utrecht/ Kerman
Jose from Spain
Ralph from Belgium
Hugo from France/ Vlissingen
Sarka from Czech Republic
Shahin from Holland
Wouter from Holland
Francesco from Italy
Patrik from Belgium
Jayesh from India/ Germany
Serge from Russia
Derek from Canada
Isa and Chiz from Argentina
Bepi from Australia
Chuck from the USA
Stephanie from the USA
Alessandra from Peru
Erik from the USA
Emre from Turkey
Ilissa and Jacky from the USA
Manolito form Holland
Ruoyu from China
Robert from Germany
Daniel from Holland
Mary and Matthieu from Canada

trade your stuff for fun and charity party
jam party on non-western and home made instruments
kitchen surf event - Chinese food
picknick and museum visit
garlic fest
book trading party in Quanzhou

Bollywoodparty Gent
Kitchensurfing @ Alberts
Photography meeting
Weekly meeting in Rotterdam
90s party Gent and pre-party dinner
Holi celebration @ Sagnik's
Meteorshower watching in Drunense en Loonse Duinen


Art (photography, textile, Miao-embroidery, old Dutch masters, chinese porcelain from Jingdezhen and Yaozhou)

Exploring (I used to ride my bike all the time when in Holland, but not in China. Maybe some day soon. )

Eating (I'm very good at it) Cooking for guests.

Caring for the environment, recycling, waste management, not-shopping, trading stuff, second hand stuff.

I play the erhu but not very well.

Enjoy playing pool and badminton, swimming and camping and other outdoorsy stuff.

Music, Movies, and Books

Best movie ever: Cyclo by Trahn Ahn Hung. Period.

Into The Wild
Who's afraid of Persian cats?
The Graduate

Miles Davis/ Amr Diab/ Eldee from Nigeria/ music from Xinjiang/ Xie Tian Xiao/ Erhu/ silly 80s classics/
Luc de Vos/ De Mens/ Tori Amos/ Sean Paul/ Omer Kadan/ Kraftwerk/ Lou Reed/ Murat Nasirov

The secret life of lobsters.
Titaantjes/dichtertje/ de Uitvreter
Slaughterhouse five

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I'm proud that I finished my high-school while I was living in an orphanage. (Yes, it is okay to talk about these things)

I always dreamt of visiting Amritsar in India and Isfahan in Iran and I finally did. It was great!

I love the toiletmuseum in New Delhi.

Pretty amazing was the time when I was interpreting at a Chinese tombstone fair for a businessman who had energy like a complete footballteam on speed and who tried to convert me, speaking of hell and ressurection.

Once I volunteered for Alcoholics Anonymous in Belgium and the stories that I heard where amazing and often very sad.

Teach, Learn, Share

I write in my gratitude diary every day and feel that it's helped me a lot. I can tell you about this, if you like.

What I Can Share with Hosts

If you want to learn more about China, I'm happy to share. I can also teach some of the basics of the language.

Countries I’ve Visited

Bahrain, Cambodia, India, Iran, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, Netherlands

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