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Born and raised in a rural region 30 km out of Ghent and moved here when I was 18 and started university. During my studies, I spent one Erasmus year in Spain. This experience encouraged me to travel more and in a different way than I used to do before, by using Couchsurfing for instance and meeting local people and other travelers. After graduating I lived abroad for two years, first in Paris and then in Gdynia (Poland). For now I'm very happy to be back in town and build my adult life in Ghent. But who knows what adventures the future might bring :)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Because I just LOVE meeting local people while traveling and do stuff you would never do as a regular tourist (for examples, see below).
Surfed in Croatia, Israel, USA, Amsterdam, Brussels, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo.
Hosted around 20 people from the following countries: Mexico, France, Poland, USA, Brazil, Australia, Germany, India, Spain, Scotland, Turkey, Switzerland.
Convinced a few friends to join and none of them did regret it.
Went to some meetings in Ghent, Havana, New York, the amazing CS summer event in Brussels and been quite active in the CS community in Tricity, Poland.
Thanks to CS I had some experiences I would never have had otherwise:
- Getting to know the Middle East conflict from a well-informed Israeli perspective
- Hitchhiking around the Sea of Galilee, sleeping on the beach and getting my money stolen but comforted afterwards with some good tea by Israeli travelers.
- Living in Amsterdam for three weeks when I had to do research there, meeting great backpackers and one night ending up at a squat party/queer night
- Getting to know my own capital and some great people at the CS Summer event in Brussels
- Cocktails for 2 dollars at a Havana CS meeting right next to El Capitolio
- Going to a Yankees game in NYC
- Celebrating my 22nd birthday with strangers at a CS meeting in NYC
- Staying in a 27th floor flat in Manhattan (awesome view included)
- Seeing sunset in Zadar from the top of my host his building, according to Hitchcock the most beautiful one in the world (and I don't disagree)
History , (international) politics, travelling, blogging, journalism, human rights, Middle East.
- human rights
- study abroad
Music, Movies, and Books
FILMS: Das Leben der Anderen, Goodbye Lenin, Der Undergang, Inglorious Basterds, Motorcycle Diaries, Reservoir dogs, Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, L'auberge espagnole, Les pouppées russes, The Hangover, American Pie, American History X, The Godfather, Scarface, American Gangster, De zaak Alzheimer, Loft, Snatch, Fight Club
MUSIC: Punk, Rock, Indie, Electro, and anything else actually. The only thing I really don't like is Metal.
BOOKS: Mostly read non-fiction, most recently I got to appreciate Timothy Snyder and Anne Applebaum.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Erasmus in Salamanca, Spain. (2011-2012)
Without any doubt the most lifechanging experience I've had. It's a cliché to say but this was definitely the best year of my life. Had the best flatmates, great parties and a lot of travel.
Partying in Tel Aviv, sleeping on the beach at the Sea of Galilee, climbing Masada and floating in the Dead Sea. Oh yes, Israel was my first but also most memorable backpacking experience!
Seeing the New York skyline while staying in a 27th floor flat, watching Yankees - Red Sox and enjoying a college party in Princeton. Traveling in the USA was a lot of fun.
Backpacking through the Balkans.
Snorkeling in the Red Sea, seeing the sunrise over the mountains of Saudi Arabia, watching the stars in the Wadi Rum desert and visiting Petra. Traveling through Egypt and Jordan, highly recommended!
Teach, Learn, Share
I love discussing about history and politics, sharing travel stories, going out to bars and teach my guests about (Belgian) beer.
I'm not a great cook so if any of my surfers or hosts are, I'm always happy and very grateful if they cook for me and teach me about some food I don't know yet.
I'm trying to learn Polish.
Countries I’ve Visited
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Belgium, France, Poland, Spain