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Hey boys and girls.
My name is Jaime and I'm from Germany, however, currently studying in the Netherlands in a city called The Hague. I grew up in a diverse patchwork family in Berlin and have always shown a huge interest in other cultures, people, and lifestyles. As soon as I turned 18, I packed my backpack and together with a friend embarked on an epic Eastern Europe trip that would seriously change my perspective on the friendliness of 'strangers'. For the sake of adventure, but also due to our tight budget we decided to hitchhike and use Couchsurfing as much as possible. I still think that because of that decision our trip turned out as it did. Ever since, I have maintained this mindset and method of traveling and have explored Europe, the US, and Latin America. Two years ago I hitchhiked alone from Seattle (USA) all the way to Panama City and used Couchsurfing in many cities.
Now that I am studying in the Netherlands, I love inviting other travelers into my home to hear their stories and learn from them, but also to return the favor to the CS community. In my humble perspective I don't think there are any 'strangers' out there, but rather friends we haven't had the chance to meet yet. To me, CS is more than just free accommodation. It is a platform of exchange, on a personal, cultural and educational level. I expect my guests to respect this mentality and hope to find hosts with a similar attitude.
This is a brief introduction to myself, but I think we should just meet in person to find out more about one another. See you on the road brother/sister :)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
So far I've only had good experiences with Couchsurfing and I would love to continue doing so. May it be through surfing, hosting, joining an event or just hanging out.
Hitchhiking is often stigmatized as a crazy dangerous and foolish thing to do and I've been warned many times from worried people. Truth is, that many of these people have never hitchhiked in their life. Through hitchhiking I have met some of the nicest and most generous people and you will never be short of the next adventure.
I love the outdoors. Hiking, climbing mountains, camping, etc. All of it.
Recently been getting into slacklining and I always carry a short rig when I travel. Plus an awesome Frisbee.
Also: running, exploring, beer and going out, swimming and beaches, cooking, meeting people... the list goes on.
Music, Movies, and Books
Into the wild
Into thin air
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
A few years ago a friend and I hitchhiked from Berlin, through the Balkan states, all the way to Greece and back. It took us 7 weeks and we camped by the ocean most of the time or stayed with friendly locals. Once in a lifetime experience.
In 2015, I managed to outdo this achievement by hitchhiking alone from the United States to Panama City. An 8 months-long trip. Definitely a crazy and memorable experience.
In 2018 I hitchhiked from Oslo to the North Pole and then back through Sweden and Finland all the way to Riga in Latvia.
In 2019 I lived 7 months in Santiago de Chile and was able to witness the revolution unfold in front of my apartment. Later in the year, I hitchhiked the legendary Carretera Austral in Patagonia.
Teach, Learn, Share
what goes around, comes around. Sharing is caring.
What I Can Share with Hosts
stories, fun and a creative mind
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United States, Uruguay
Countries I’ve Lived In
Chile, Germany, Netherlands, United States