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to spread love and laughter; peace and passion; I want to show people lightness and start a ripple of love for life. I stand for growth and enjoyment and the NOW
In a nutshell: I am a great believer in the now, the universe, love. I meditate, I travel, I make music, I write, I smile to strangers, I try to leave behind something positive wherever I go.
I care about this world and want to give. To give is to receive. I want to make Luna smile. I want to be the change.
Travelling for me means letting go of old habit patterns. Discovering the essence of myself. Letting go of materialism. Reflecting on how I deal with certain situations. Unexpected situations. Unpleasant situations. But also coming into contact with the beauty of this world in all its facets. Learning how everywhere, people live differently. But also learning that no matter where you are, some things will be the same amongst people of all cultures. I want to learn how to find stability when everything around me keeps on changing.By bringing down my basic questions to 'what will I eat' and 'where will I sleep tonight', I expect I will gain an entirely new perspective on what is truly needed in this life. This, in turn, will teach me how to take only what is needed. As Carlos Castaneda says, it is a great accomplishment to know what is needed; it is an even greater accomplishment to take only what is needed.
I have a long road ahead of me. Travelling is not all beaches and sunshine. It is jumping in the deep end - but it is also broadening your horizons and expanding your knowledge, both your knowledge of the world, but especially also your knowledge of the self. I travel with my eyes wide open.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I've surfed in 19 countries so far. I am not always lucky or settled enough to have a home of my own, but when I do, I host people whenever I can, I love hosting!My experience with couch surfing has been overwhelmingly positive. I derive great pleasure from experiencing people in all diversity. Everybody is unique, all experiences are different. It is always interesting to meet couch surfers in person and I learn something new every time!As I have consciously let go of serious long-term planning, I hereby apologise in advance for my (bad?) habit of filing last-minute couch surfing requests. I can only express my gratefulness to the people who have hosted me in this way, trusting that they wouldn't have hosted me if it would have infringed upon their free time in a negative way.HOSTEDDec 2008: Robert (Australia), Lapo & Ciccio (Italy), Michael (Australia), Mirjam (Netherlands), John (USA), Martina (Italy), Julia (Netherlands).Jan 2009: Tommy (Netherlands), Adrian & Riana (Romania), Galen (USA), Lukas (Czech Republic).Feb 2009: Elisa, Rafael & Elisa's dog, Scipione (San Marino).May 2009: Zenja (Moldova), Carlos (USA).Jul 2009: Aubrey (USA), Aleksandr (Lithuania), Margarita (Latvia), Roos's dog Tessa (Netherlands), Julia and Grad (Netherlands), Kristoffer and Kristine (Denmark).Aug 2009: Rafe and Jess (Australia), Tomas (Italy), Jake (USA).Oct 2009: Patrick (Italy), Alice (Australia).Nov 2009: Christel (Netherlands).Jan 2010: Sytse (Netherlands).Apr 2010: Leo (France) and Aia (Israel), Katerin (Costa Rica / Canada), Amanda (USA).May 2010: Emma (Netherlands), Julie (France).Jun 2010: Max (USA), Lieuwe (Netherlands).Aug 2010: David (USA).May 2011: Ari (India).June 2011: Melanie (USA).SURFEDMar 2008: Timo (Netherlands), Floriana (Italy), Jakob (Italy), Simone (Italy), Anna (Italy), Elisa (San Marino).Jul 2008: Tanya (Russia), Alexander (Russia).Aug 2008: Midkhat (Mongolia), Chad (South Korea), Paul (South Korea).Sep 2008: Elma (Malaysia), Rica (Malaysia), Ang (Malaysia), Lee (Malaysia), Alexey & Olga (Malaysia), Cin Cin (Malaysia).Oct 2008: Navin (Singapore), Zhenya (Singapore).Feb 2009: Scott (USA), Mindy (USA), Amita (USA).Mar 2009: Bernice (USA), Bradley (USA), Eveline (Spain), Cristina (Spain), Jose (Portugal).Apr 2009: Daniel (Portugal), Joana (Portugal), Patricia & Alex (Portugal), Eloi & Laura (Spain).Jul 2009: Veronique (Belgium).Aug 2009: Zoe (UK).Sep 2009: Jens (Denmark), Anna & Majoy (Sweden), Vera (Germany).Nov 2009: Aleksandr (Lithuania).Jan 2010: Alvin (South Africa).Feb 2010: Rodolfo (Italy).Jul 2010: Sophie (French Guiana), Christophe (French Guiana).Nov 2010: Chris (UK), Jessica (UK).Nov 2011: Jonas (Belgium).
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Perhaps when travelling you don't feel you're doing something special until you start talking to people who are intrigued by your stories.
I travelled overland from Amsterdam to Mongolia through Russia in a converted army truck, that's one amazing thing I've done, or at least, it seems to be the thing that interests my fellow travellers.
But the real amazing things are not the places I have seen, but the people I met - the friendships I've made, the evenings shared, the laughs and the stories. Things you can't classify or measure may be harder to describe, but in the end it doesn't matter how many countries you've visited, but that the countries you have visited you visited them well.
Teach, Learn, Share
The quality of my life drastically improved the moment I started living my motto:
*Take love and nought but love seriously.*
Ultimately nothing in life is quite important enough to get fussed about, but love, and I mean unconditional loving kindness - the kind of love you need nothing for in return. When you treat this kind of love seriously, and feel it, you will know right from wrong, and you will find that there are many important things in life, and that they are all related to this love. And that the moment you start taking things seriously in the name of love, and scrap the things that cannot be fuelled by this love, they are unimportant, you've reached the essence of peace and happiness.
Wow that sounds pretty esoteric and I must say the theory is always easier than the practice, but this philosophy does nourish me and I live by it!
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, San Marino, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States