Laurens Bistervels

Oslo, Oslo, Norway

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  • Fluent in Chinese, Dutch, English; learning French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Swahili
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • freelance translation, farming
  • MA
  • From Houten, Utrecht, the Netherlands
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About Me

learning Norwegian

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I've surfed and hosted.

A museum or mountain can be nice to visit but the real value of traveling is meeting new people with different ideas and stories. Couchsurfing is very good at breaking the barrier of seeing someone as a stranger.


all nice, some fantastic.


Humanism, pescetarianism, juggling, EU integration, online learning, East-Asia, jam sessions, ultimate frisbee.

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Inception,

Television: Louis Theroux, the Wire, True Detective, Flight of the Conchords, Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog.

Music: Radiohead, the Shins, Flight of the Conchords, Tool, Porcupine Tree, Sufjan Stevens, the Beatles, Explosions in the Sky, Maserati, Bjork, Emiliana Torrini, Voicst, Boards of Canada, Mogwai, Sigur Ros.

Books: Stephen Fry, Vikram Seth, Richard Dawkins, Steven Pinker (Dutch authors: Harry Mulisch, Midas Dekkers, Maarten van Rossem) popular science in general.

Teach, Learn, Share

I'm interested in field ranging from economics to history with detours into biology. I quite like languages so I could teach you some Dutch or the basics of Mandarin or Swahili.

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