Louis Waelkens

Gent, East-Flanders, Belgium

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About Me


To drink at least one good coffee in each city I visit.


I know how cool it is to meet locals. So here I am! Open minded, social, interested in many things (especially in people from abroad). I love being alone but I also love company so that makes me an easy surfer. Don't mind about me! As long as we can go for a drink afterwards

I love travelling on my own. I first tried it by visiting Stockholm and since then I'm addicted to the feeling of freedom!

When I'm not travelling I:

-work at a real estate company
-edit videos for my company
-discover new songs and listen to them all day
-play with Google Earth (best invention ever)
-learn Spanish on my own without any result yet
-sit on the train and enjoy it
-take photographs and pretend I have talent like everyone does
-walk because I hate waiting for public transport
-run to the next stop when the tram/bus approaches
-read French books and newspapers while I neglect my English
-play forgotten one hit wonders at home parties by using Youtube
-buy books and never read them
-read other books and try to convince everyone to read them
-try to see my friends as much as possible
-write down all the movies I've seen so far. 372 and still counting.
-read things about history
-drink coffee, green tea, beer, wine and perrier


-> Il faut rèver. Il faut rèver toujours. Il faut surtour rester fidèle à ses rèves de jeunesse, ce sont les seuls.

-> You can't bungee jump without a bridge.

-> Clame ta fierté de ce que l'on a été, et celle de ce que l'on est devenu.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I traveled a lot when I studied and before I got a full-time job so now I don't have much time anymore to travel whenever I want. But I'm always willing to help others with their questions on Ghent and Belgium.


I heard many nice stories about Couchsurfing and because I love meeting people from other countries I gave it a try while living in Brussels. There I hosted about 7 people from all over the world which only gave me good experiences! When I went to Berlin and Paris I surfed the couch of two locals who showed me their cities as they are.

In 2012 I travelled for 2 months through North America and I managed to sleep in 18 different houses thanks to CS. 18 houses, 18 stories.


Travelling, People, Cities, Stories, Good moments, Friendship.

Sounds a bit weird but hanging out with a nice person at the bar and just drink some beers or wine is some of the most pleasant things to do. Just talking and laughing!

I work in a bar and in the last 10 months, I became a videographer too because I just said "ok I'll try it" and now I have one project after another. I like!
I also adore people who know how to cook because I really can't. Except making a salad and baking eggs.

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies : Shawshank Redemption, Rear Window, No Country for Old Man, Thelma & Louise, Kill Bill, Moonlight Mile, Casablanca, and the rest...

Music : Otis Redding - Future Islands - Tanlines - Janis Joplin - Amy Winehouse - Cold Specks - Fleetwood Mac - Bon Iver - Florence - CCR - Prince - Rolling Stones - Nina Simone - Dire Straits - Stevie Wonder - I can really enjoy classical pieces too

Books: Mario Vargas Llosa, 'De Welwillenden', 'Red de wereld, volg de instructies', 'Grand Central Belge', Muriel Barbery, 'In Europa'... I would like to have a little instrument to stop time so that I can just read for hundred years and then go on.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

-Working on a Dreamworks movie set and feeling like a little child in a candy store.
-"sleeping" in Berlin Hauptbahnhof
-running to not get caught through the streets of Le Marais in Paris with some friends after being accused of drinking the cocktails of the other customers because we thought they left.
-Bungee jump (Sounds cliché, untill you'r actually on that bridge)
-Living in a capital where you're never sure which language someone speaks. Brussels i love.
-my 50days of America

Teach, Learn, Share

Languages! Would love to learn some Spanish! And since I've been in Lisbon I think Portuguese is such a beautiful language that I could just listen whole night to someone reading a Portuguese book without understanding a word. Just the sound!

Hidden spots! Show me the secrets of your city

Country mistakes! No, French fries are not from France! What do you know?

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In


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