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Jasper Haenen

Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands

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  • 263 Positive References3 Neutral
  • Fluent in Dutch, English; learning German
  • 36, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Telling Dutch high-schoolkids about ...
  • University of Life (and officially U...
  • From Gemert, Brabant, the Netherlands
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About Me

Note for people looking for a couch in Amsterdam: I live in Utrecht, it might be close to Amsterdam but it really is a different city so please only send me a request if you're interested all great things Utrecht has to offer. I'm sorry I have to start so rude, but 90% of couchrequests I get recently are from people who seem to be only interested in Amsterdam.

Life is short, so I try not to waste it. I like to be active in all sorts of ways and like to see and learn about the world around me. Couchsurfing not only gives me a nice travelling option, but also gives me a chance to invite the world in my house.

Besides my work and my daughter I spend time being a guide with Utrecht Free Tours (www.utrechtfreetours.nl) and playing Bass in Under my boots (www.undermyboots.com)

'Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.' (Kurt Vunnegot)

"You are what you love, not what loves you" (Donald Kaufman, 2002)

"I'm going to die with a twinkle in my eye, 'cause I sung songs spun stories love laughed and drunk wine" (The Cat Empire, 2005)

"We do not stop playing because we are old. We grow old because we stop playing." George Bernard Shaw

"€œWhen I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down €˜"happy€"™. They told me I didn'™t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn'€™t understand life." (John Lennon)

"Not all of those who wonder are lost" J.R.R. Tolkien

Mijn vader zegt altijd: "Wat je niet kan veranderen, dat moet je accepteren." Terwijl ik vind: "Wat je niet kan accepteren dat moet je veranderen!" - Theo Maassen

'Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.' (Kurt Vonnegut)

And above that a convinced Bokononist

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

More chance to be hosted on Be Welcome, I rather host people through a website that is made by and for the users and not lying to it's members. http://www.bewelcome.org/members/Kilgoretrout

I used to be extremely active organising stuff on Couchsurfing. Nowadays I feel more and more remote from how the organisation is getting more and more commercial and seems to completely ignore the existing communities. Best would probably be if we would all migrate to Be Welcome before this site is totally destroyed.

Like lots of people in the network I surfed couches long before I became member, like in Poland, Turkey and Sweden. I already knew how cool it is to have friends all over, and was already member of Hospitality Club, so it wasn't hard to convince me to join in to Couchsurfing.

After becoming member and hosting a few people the couchsurfing-virus struck me pretty hard when I went to the first CS-meeting in Utrecht. After experiencing surfing in the Balkans and visiting the great community of Vienna I was completely sold.

It appeared to be very easy to create a community in Utrecht, but I am still surprised how many great people in my hometown alone I keep on meeting through couchsurfing. Couchsurfing became a way of life. I organised lots of meetings in Utrecht, including the big Midsummernight.

Since I have a normal job I cannot travel that often, but when I do I try to surf couches. I already surfed couches in Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Thailand, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, the USA, Canada and of course the Netherlands. I hope this list will keep on growing!

Check here for a spatial map of my couchsurfing history:


Alternative lifestyles, Belgian beer, Books, Music, Boardgames, Geography/Travel, Movies, Politics, Vegetarian cooking, culture in general and of course you ;)

Music, Movies & Books

Generally I like music to have a happy time with, somehow this mostly happens to me with 'organic' music. No offense to computers, but that just doesn't do it to me that much. I can enjoy light and happy dancemusic as Funk, Soul, Ska, Reggae and Balkan beats, but also heavy music like Metal and hardcore Hiphop. What's important in both is a good groove (I play that bass myself ;) ), an energetic live show and a positive vision through good lyrics.

Some bands that blow my mind are: The Cat Empire, System of a Down, Spearhead, Gogol Bordello, Dresden Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, Sublime, Jamie Lidell, Tool, The Slackers, Boo!, Babylon Circus, dEus, Apocalyptica, Watcha, Kyteman, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mr. Bungle, Primus and of course all local bands couchsurfers introduced me to...

I used to play in a skaband, you can download our last recordings on soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/stampedeska/sets/got-to-go .

Now I'm back to playing loud music, check my current band Under my boots on bandcamp: http://undermyboots.bandcamp.com/releases. Don't worry, I still also like to listen to happy music.

Books: Kurt Vunnegot is my big hero! Nobody else can mix deep thoughts with silly humor as he can. I agree both with his positive lightness as with his apocalyptic visions. Other writers I enjoyed a lot lately: Matt Ruff, Neil Stephenson, Chuck Palahniuk, Dave Eggers, Douglas Copeland, Geert Mak, J.K. Rowling, Orhan Pamuk, Tad Williams, Isaak Asimov, Gore Vidal, D.B.C. Pierre, Yann Martell, Ben Elton, Philip K. Dick, Haruka Murakami, Mumia Abu Jamal and many more...

In my youth I was a big fan of comic books, still like them but haven't got time to keep up with what's interesting.

Movies: Terry Gilliam says about all of my taste: dark, layered, funny, creative, dreamy and visionary. I like movies that make you think and still amazes you at the end. Other filmmakers that will always achieve this with me are: Tim Burton, Christopher Nolan, Charlie Kaufman, Jeunet & Caro, David Fincher and Emir Kusturica

TV: Nothing beats Brittish comedy (Monty Python, Blackadder, We are klang, Allo Allo, Red dwarf, etc). Sadly all you English speakers wont ever understand Dutch caberet (Hans Teeuwen, Theo Maassen, Herman Finkers, etc), closest would probably be the dark and idealistic american dead heroes George Carlin and Bill Hicks (Who I also really enjoy). Being a teacher I also like to be aware (my girlfriend calls me a walking encyclopedia, I like to live up to that image), so I also watch a lot of news items and documentarys on T.V.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

It's the simple things that make life great

Teach, Learn, Share

I'm a geography teacher, It's hard not to mix work and privat on couchsurfing. Only if you want to I can teach you all about the special insane country the Netherlands is (I also know a lot about history). I also play bass in a skaband an am a vegetarian, both also require some skills ;)

You're a very bad teacher if you can't learn so I'm also always curious about others. I've used quite a lot couchsurfers allready in examples in my lessons at school. I'm also always happy with new knowledge about music and cooking.

The one thing you realy HAVE to learn if you surf a Dutch couch is riding on the back of a bike 'cause thats the only practical way of transport here in Utrecht. We're all born of bikecylces.

What I Can Share With Hosts

All of the above.

Countries I've Visited

Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In


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