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  • 14 References 9 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Dutch, English; learning Chinese (Simplified), Spanish
  • 23, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Student
  • Couple degrees in the pocket and a few more coming. Life ...
  • From Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands
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About Me

Hi my name is Laurent, 23 years old and on a mission to travel the world . I always have loved exploring, enjoyed seeing what's around the corner, meeting interesting people with even more interesting stories. A few years ago I spent a year backpacking and volunteering in South America. After that I completed my undergraduate in the Netherlands. Last year I finished a Masters program in Beijing. Last fall I interned at the Dutch Embassy in Rwanda, but this season I will dust of my pack back and come to south America once again. This time, with my lovely girlfriend/mascot. my life goal is to visit all 190-something countries that our planet is rich. Also, we have a blog: fromargentinatoalaska.com

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I am fully ready to travel, taste, see and learn about this beautiful country. And that is the main reason i prefer Couch Surfing above some cheap dorm: not only just to have free place to crash, but to learn something about the culture and ideas of the locals, which i can't find in my Lonely Planet, and to share mine with you.

Interests

sport, music, politics, traveling, good food, camping nature and anything that is new to me

  • cats
  • beer
  • politics
  • traveling
  • hiking
  • camping
  • political science
  • hitchhiking
  • wilderness

Music, Movies, and Books

movies: -spirited away(and everything else made by Studio Ghibli)- where the wild things are- El mariachi- memento- shutter island- into the wild- lion king- runskop- musicserious almost everything( as long a I don't have to make it)books- In patagonia (by Bruce Chatwin)- Het mooie kotsende meisje (by Herman Brusselmans- the kite runner (by Khaled Hosseini)- War and peace (Leo Tolstoy)- 100 years of solitude(Gabriel Garcia Marquez) (Hope to be able to read it spanish once)sports- canoe- running- rowing - hiking

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Go into and survive in the Norwegian wilderness for two weeks

Teach, Learn, Share

I'm open to learn anything about everything (food, sport, dance, philosophy, culture) and happy to tell about the things i know: Europe, Holland.

What I Can Share with Hosts

always a good laugh

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, North Korea, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Rwanda, Spain, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, China, Netherlands, Rwanda

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