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  • 33 references 21 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Dutch, English; learning German, Hindi, Spanish
  • 48, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • Student of Life
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION:

**Because of the Pandemic Theater i take a break from travelling and will spent Spring and Summer at home in Amsterdam.**

**If you really like my complete profile and you feel a personal connection with me, feel free to write me and maybe i can host you.**

ABOUT ME

Namaste travellers salaam!
Am a happy, openminded, spiritual, independent woman who loves to travel around the world. I love life and feel blessed to be here. I respect the Universe and the mysteries of it. Am a dreamer (yes Pisces!) and have a laid back lifestyle, live without agenda and don't plan my life far ahead. I like the experience of mixing and meeting new people/cultures and exploring new things in life. I am an introvert, reliable and easy-going person. Love to spent time with openminded people like artists, nomads, hippies, guitarmen and free spirits. Don´t feel to judge anyone since we are all unique and have our own path to walk in life. I have shared interesting times with people from various horizons; from millionaires with private helicopters to jungle drugsdealers, from amazing musicians to fancy lawyers and from criminals to homeless holy sadhus. I feel grateful to be surrounded by a group of caring friends in different countries. Sometimes wish i can be a backpacker for the rest of my life...and maybe i will! I believe in Karma; what goes around comes around! Love to make jewelry, read, write, meditate and hang around in ashrams, temples, monasteries and the nature.

In 2008 i found the courage to follow my heart and intuition and left (after 14 years!) my busy job as a manager at a digital printing company because i wanted to travel, explore, learn and grow! Life's too short to be only busy with a career. So from then on i travel a lot and when i am at home in Amsterdam, i look for temporary jobs through a job agency.

In 2011 i learned the secrets of macramé in the Himalaya's in India. Boom Bholenath! From that moment on i create beautiful handmade jewelry with gemstones and sell them on markets and festivals in my hometown Amsterdam and every country i travel. You can find me at FB under; Tammy's Tribal Treasures

In 2017 i made my 10th long journey through India and realised i have seen more from this colourful, spiritual country than most of my local Indian friends, and still i don´t know much about this interesting, diverse and ashtonishing place. I am very grateful for the amazing life-changing experiences this country gave to me. Mama India is my second home. And ofcourse i will return again!

In March 2020 i returned from India and arrived back home in Amsterdam in the middle of the Covid19 drama, just before the world went into Lock Down.

*IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN STAYING WITH ME PLEASE READ THE "MY HOME" SECTION FIRST!*

PHILOSOPHY

- "Enjoy the little things in life...for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things"

- "To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe"

- "Love isn't complicated, people are"

- "Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly"

- "Don't tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled"

- "Love is not about how much you say 'i love you' but how much you can prove that it's true"

-"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one"

- "Maybe some women aren't meant to be tamed. Maybe they need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with them"

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Hosting and surfing. Going to the weekly CS meetings in town. Showing people around in Amsterdam and giving advice. The more i travel and the older i grow, the more i love my little Amsterdam with it´s cultural breeding places, openness, diversity and tolerance for differences. With 180 nationalities living in the city, i guess everyone feels easily at home here: https://www.iamsterdam.com/en/about-amsterdam/overview/history-and-society/society/180-nationalities
I know how it feels to be lost in a country where you don't speak the language so if you are in trouble let me know and i will do all my best to help you. As a solo traveller i love to meet locals and see the country from their point of view. I'm interested in meeting people with a different approach of life, different visions and experiences, to have a connection where we can both share and enrich our minds.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Yes!
-I hosted Sandeep from India, he was my 1st CS guest. Nice time with him.
January 2010 I will see him again in India and sleep on his couch in Bombay!
-Sayed from Egypt was my 2nd CS guest. Fun time!
-Ernesto from Mexico was my 3rd CS guest. Great time, wonderful man!
-Mayank and Kanchan from India were my 4th CS guests. Happy to have two new friends!
-Cesar from Mexico was my 5th CS guest! Spending nice times together!
-Vinicius from Uruguay was my 6th CS guest! Was a pleasure meeting him!
-Clemente from Chile was my 7th CS guest! Nice to practise my Spanish again!
-George from India was my 8th CS guest! Happy times!
-David from England was my 9th CS guest! Pleasure hosting him!
-Saber from Tunesia was my 10th CS guest! He cooked delicious couscous!
-Ton from Brasil was my 11th CS guest! Conseguir Couchsurfing!
-Cesar from Mexico was my 12th CS guest! Good friend. Hosted him again!
-Gabi and Sarka from Czech Republic were my 13th CS guests! Brave hitchhikers!
-Danilo and Camila from Brasil were my 14th CS guests! Sweet couple!
-Gino from Chile was my 15th CS guest! New friend and happy cyclist!
-Augusto from Argentina was my 16th CS guest! Gracias por compartir maté!
-Chus from Spain was my 17th CS guest! Mucho gracias por la pintura!
-Manu from Mexico was my 18th CS guest! Inspiring and loving time!
-Nicolas from Argentina was my 19th CS guest! Fun time!
-Saber from Tunesia was my 20th CS guest! Good friend. Hosted him again!
-Gino from Chile was m 21th CS guest! Good friend. Hosted him again!
Only positive experiences!
Also a lot of couch-experience (sleeping and hosting) besides CS

Interests

Travelling, making macramé jewelry, photography;love to shoot pics of people and nature, walking barefoot, writing poems and stories, meditation, herbal tea, hippy-markets and music festivals, handmade art, bonfires and candles, rum, fresh flowers, abandoned places, live-music, getting massage, incense, spending time with sadhu's/baba's/guru's/swami's, sleeping, visiting indigenous people, pie, being in the nature specially beach and mountains, my bicycle, discover new things, reading, peshwari naan and spicey fish curry, having conversations with free spirits.

  • arts
  • culture
  • books
  • poetry
  • photography
  • documentaries
  • festivals
  • meditation
  • walking
  • reading
  • traveling
  • music
  • cycling
  • backpacking
  • anthropology
  • volunteering
  • beaches
  • mountains
  • freedom
  • massage
  • spirituality
  • vegetarian food
  • jungle
  • weed
  • love
  • amsterdam
  • handmade
  • lucid dreaming
  • bonfire
  • fleamarkets
  • openminded
  • pleasure

Music, Movies, and Books

-For MUSIC i like many things; Bob Marley, Manu Chao, Tracy Chapman, Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, Chambao, Deva Premal, Snatam Kaur, Nahko Bear, Zaz, Shimshai, Nessi Gomes, Curawaka, Goa-trance/Ibiza chill out, Tribal, Fusion, Meditation and -traditional folk music.

-MOVIES ofcourse E.T. , Avatar, Fear and loathing in Las Vegas, Lord of the Rings and i love spiritual documentairies like: Samsara, Baraka, Samadhi, Ashes and Snow, Human, The Secret, Home, What the bleep do we know, Down the rabbithole, DMT; The Spirit Molecule, Zeitgeist, Ganges and Kumba Mehla.

-Love to read BOOKS ofcourse Lonely Planet and other travelbooks like The survivors by Hendrik Neubauer. Behind the beautiful forever by Katherine Boo, Holy Cow by Sarah McDonald. Inspiring books like; The four agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, The power of now by Eckhart Tolle, Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, From sex to superconsciousness and other books by Osho, The monk who sold his Ferarri and other books by Robin Sharma, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Succes by Deepak Chopra, The Alchemist and other books by Paulo Coelho and other spiritual stuff like astrology-books. And last but not least my own book, published in 2011 called "Terug naar India".

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Many things amazing in my life, here a few happy memories:
- *Dancing for many hours at illegal house parties in abandoned places in Amsterdam, such as boats, tunnels, warehouses and grain silo's. Once there wasn't enough oxygen inside for all the dancers and we quickly had to leave the place. This was all in the early 90's.
_*Visiting a crazy Wasteland party in a warehouse in Amsterdam in 2003 and when the doorbitch didn't approved my top i took it off, hid it inside my leather boots, went into the party topless and then put my top back on again!
- *Snorkeling in an underground tunnelsystem with stalagmites and stalagtites and visiting Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Mexico.
- *Walking the Great Wall in Beijng, China.
- *Rafting on a icy cold Himalayan river in Nepal and dancing with a Tharu tribe in their famous stick dance.
- *Driving a snowmobile up to over 100 kilometres an hour…crossing frozen rivers in the very isolated north of Finland with a temperature of minus 30 degrees to visit a Sami tribe.
- *Riding a sledge with 6 Husky-dogs in that same cold, snowy country Finland, staying in a tipi and watching Aurora Borealis.
- *Walking through the hot and isolated amazingly beautiful Sahara desert in Tunisia and visiting the movie-set of Star Wars and drinking tea with tribal Berber people.
- *Wandering around in the overwhelming Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA and visiting a Navajo Reservation.
- *Hiking the mysterious living Etna volcano on the island Sicily.
- *Floating in a rubberboat down the waterfall rivers of the biggest waterfalls in the world, Foz de Iquazu in Brasil.
- *Visiting Navaratri festival in the holy city of Varanasi in India together with over a million pilgrims!
- *Climbing the rocks of pink city Petra in Jordan and visit a Bedouin family in a cave home.
- *Going to a trance-party in the jungle of the state Goa in India and driving to the party on a bike without light and speedmeter on bad roads without streetlights and after the party driving back home.~Halelujah!
- *Visiting the mysterious piramids of Gizeh in Egypt.
- *Smoking chillum around the duni with babaji friends in an ancient temple in the Himalaya's in India.
- *Wandering around the wonderful jungle temples of Angkor Wat and visiting the amazing watervillage Khlong Phluk in Cambodia.
- *Staying in tents for a few nights with local Bedouin men in Wadi Rum desert in Jordan.
- *Living with the monks in a monastery in Thailand to learn about Buddhism and meditation. Once while doing walking meditation i reached a very peaceful silent kind of unconscious state which i still can't describe in words.

Teach, Learn, Share

-I can TEACH you the basics of macramé. And how to make a Dream Catcher and a bit of crochet. Maybe you would like to be a model for a photoshoot with my jewelry or help me in my marketstal at a market or some festival. If you would like to shoot some pics of me and my jewels also great!
-I still would like to LEARN many things in life...like riding a big motorbike, playing chess and improving my Spanish. I believe every person and every moment in life will teach us something.....la vida es bella! I love to learn new things and am open for new experiences.
-And i can SHARE lots of my crazy India-stories with you!

What I Can Share with Hosts

My time, life experience and lots of information!

If you can't find any couch or wanna stay longer in Amsterdam try these websites:
https://www.musjroom.com/
www.hostelsclub.com
www.airbnb.com
www.amsterdam-bed-and-breakfasts.com
www.thestudenthotel.com
http://hoteljansen.nl/
www.amsterdamstudio.net
www.wow-amsterdam.nl
www.studentencasa400.nl
www.studentenkamers.nl
www.kamerhuren.nl
https://kamernet.nl/en
www.directwonen.nl
https://www.pararius.com/apartments/amsterdam
https://www.expathomeservices.nl/short-stay

If you are on a tight budget and don´t mind big full dormitory places book a bed from 8 euro on: https://www.dutch.hostelworld.com/?source=adwordsnlhostelsbrand&network=g&creative=237748401494&adposition=1t1&uniqueclickID=1059904196769156522&sub_keyword=hostelworld%20amsterdam&sub_ad=e&sub_publisher=ADW&gclid=Cj0KCQjwz8bsBRC6ARIsAEyNnvpVT0LDK7hWdt1Mw1xmuBbz6UKMdT59_D9KFrEhEep5s5Q-o_OBrlEaAicXEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

If you don't have much money try this hostel in the south, more quiet part of Amsterdam and close to all tourist things. Female-dorms as well. Dormitory-rooms starting from 10 euro a night and Private Single/Double rooms starting from 25 euro per night:
http://www.hostelcosmos.com/

Or this cheap guesthouse near Sarphatipark starting from 15,99 euro a night for dormitory rooms: https://amsterdamhostelsarphati.com/

Or this famous youth hostel starting at 18,00 euro a night for dormitory rooms:
http://hansbrinker.com/amsterdam/

Or my favourite one; this recently opened, modern hostel in the Oosterpark, starting at 15 euro a night for shared rooms:
https://generatorhostels.com/destinations/amsterdam?utm_source=google-my-business&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=hostel-Amsterdam

Or if you are looking for a religious shelter, starting from 16 euro a night for dormitory rooms including breakfast: http://www.shelterhostelamsterdam.com/prices-hostel-amsterdam#prices-2017

Or if you are looking for a single room (from 29 euro) or double room (from 39 euro) for reasonable prices check out this hostel near the Leidseplein: https://www.princesshostelamsterdam.com/en/

Or try this hotel in the busy center, starting from 75 euro per night for a double private room:
http://www.voyagersamsterdam.com/index.php/rooms/double-ensuite/

Or this website for cheap hostels/hotels/apartments/guesthouses:
http://www.hotelrunners.com/amsterdam/

Or try the best camping in Amsterdam, also colourful cabins available (2 pers eco cabin 37,50 euro per night, 1 pers eco cabin 25 euro per night in low season);
www.campingzeeburg.nl

And if you have enough money and wanna spent some nights in a luxury room in a weird hotel on 50 meter height check out this one: https://faralda.com/

If you really can't find anything, you can always rent the private, cozy wooden cabin in my garden. It has a peaceful wooden interior and 2 people can sleep inside. One on the sofa and 1 on a nice futon on the floor. The cabin has no heating but it has insulation so it's not very cold, although for winter season i would not recommend it. It is a silent cabin so (speaker/phone) music not aloud. You use the bathroom/kitchen inside the house. The price is 20 euro per person per night, including simple breakfast, tea and drinking water and an old bicycle.

If you are totally out of money, you can always sleep under the starry sky on the big wooden benches at Mr. Visserplein. Specially on warm summernights, you will not be the only one out there. https://www.google.nl/maps/place/Mr.+Visserplein,+Amsterdam/@52.3681821,4.9016677,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x47c609bda46e9c3f:0x153ad23389edafd7!8m2!3d52.3681821!4d4.9038564

After sleeping on the street, you can visit the one and only Bathhouse in our country. You can take a hot shower (max. 30 min) for 1,50 euro including a cup of tea/coffee. And you can rent a towel for 0,50 eurocents. http://www.badhuisdacosta.eu/badhuis/

If you don't wanna eat alone and looking for a cheap 3-course vegan dinner go to the Volkseten Vegazulu nights, every monday and thursday in the East part of Amsterdam. It's a squad house with a cozy little terrace and the atmosphere is like a livingroom. The price is only 4 euro per person. Starts at 19.00. Check the website https://joesgarage.nl/ before going because if they don't have a volunteer cook, the place is closed.

We have yearly more than 350 festivals in Amsterdam so if you wanna visit one, check out the dates here:
https://www.iamsterdam.com/en/see-and-do/whats-on/festivals and if you wanna visit little alternative festivals ask me, cause they are not mentioned in this list!

If you wanna travel by bus/shared car in Europe check these websites for cheap tickets starting from 0,99 eurocent one way:
www.blablacar.com
www.eurolines.com
www.flixbus.com
www.idbus.com
https://nl.ouibus.com/
https://de.blablabus.com/
http://uk.megabus.com/default.aspx?stop_mobi=yes

Or book a 5 city-trip in Europe for only 99 euro with InterflixBus: https://interflix.flixbus.com/?fbclid=IwAR2I7i478paizT_bQvYrt_teieizGTb8yN-q6Jseh0hbHFTeTHWYCRDOI4I

If you wanna travel by bicycle through Amsterdam rent a bicycle for 7,50 euro per day and drive around as the locals do! Cheaper, faster and more healthier than the public transportation!
https://www.discountbikerental.nl/
http://www.rent-a-bike-amsterdam.com/diensten?newlanguage=en
Or Green Budget Bikes for 9 euro per day
http://www.greenbudgetbikes.nl/rent-a-bike/dutch-bike/

Are you gonna stay in Amsterdam for a longer time, i can give you a free mobile simcard or get yours here: https://mobile.lebara.com/nl/en/prepaid-gratis-simkaart

Do you wanna get a job in Amsterdam try our biggest job agency Randstad:
https://www.randstad.com/jobs/
Or try these websites:
http://www.jobinamsterdam.com/
https://www.iamexpat.nl/career/jobs-netherlands/amsterdam
But do keep in mind that you need a working permit for The Netherlands.

All the basic information about Amsterdam you can find here:
https://www.amsterdam.info/

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, India, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

India, Netherlands, Spain

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