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Revisit Europe and Scotland!
In 2012 I moved to Kalgoorlie and started working in Real Estate! My last major adventures were travelling Thailand and volunteering on a medical ship in Papua New Guinea in September..
I have been lucky enough to get to visit quite a few of my surfers when I travelled to there countries a couple years after they came to Cairns!
My name is Mathilde Francoise Van Dycke it is Belgium/French or Dutch whichever you prefer but my dad is from Belgium!! My mum is very Australian :)
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Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I have hosted plenty of surfers and if Ive been unable to host then I always try and help out one way or another mostly hikeing/camping trips etc.. :)
Soooooooooo mannnnnyyyyyy!!!! I have hosted a lot in Cairns and Edinburgh, Scotland and i have surfed in Guam, New Zealand, Amsterdam, Sweden, Norway, Spain, France, Germany,Italy, France, Ireland, Edinburgh, Bristol,Berlin, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Peru and Bolivia!
In Australia I spent the 8 months before I left home hosting a lot of couchsurfers, I made so many great friends and since then have now surfed with many of them in Europe, some of them have even come and surfed with me again in Edinburgh!!!
Travel, hiking, diving, photography and doing crazy new things like bungy and sky diving etc..
Music, Movies, and Books
Angus and Julia Stone, Ben Harper, The Waifs, Jive Bunny.
The Damage done and Marching powder amazing books!
I think facebook and couchsurfing.org has replaced my reading time and TV time ;)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
This is the design that won me the 2 first class Eurail Passes that I used for the 4 months traveling Europe, Im such a lucky girl sometimes, I think I have good karma maybe? I climbed the highest mountain in Queensland on 6th June, 2009 :) 28th March 2009 i skydived at mission beach 14,000ft amazing!!!!! I holidayed and scuba dived in Palau, Micronesia! Most amazing of all of course is that i have now travelled 40 countries and lived in Beautiful Edinburgh for 1 year!! I dental nursed at Glastonbury music festival 2010.
I just finished the best adventure of my life, i volunteered for the Amazon Hope project providing healthcare to the poor villagers living on the shores of the Amazon river in northern Peru, you can see the documentary from my trip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae7fqkvBeQI&feature=player_embedded
I am a dental nurse and it was an amazing lifechanging and heartwarming experience, i would and will do it again in an instance. In La Paz i went inside San Pedro prison and then to a bolivian wedding in the same day!!
I hiked the inca trail to Machu Pichu following my mums footsteps from 5 years earlier with the same backpack!
I hang glided in Rio de Janeiro and road the most dangerous road in the world by bike also in La Paz!
In December after seeing more of South America I will return home to Cairns Australia.
Teach, Learn, Share
TIPS FOR NEWBIES:
The best advice i can give you is too get more involved before your trip! there are over 2,000,000 members now and hosts in popular cities like edinburgh, berlin, barcelona etc etc can recieve more then 10 requests a day, so it really helps if you have some references and cs friends before you travel, ideally the best way is to host people in your city but if you live somewhere thats not so touristy the next best thing is to search the cs groups for nearby cities and go there on weekends and meet up with other hosts and travellers who are there, you can do this my posting a message on the city group or looking for meetup/activity messages that other members have posted, some cities have weekly or monthly couchsurfing meeetups too! Its best to get verifies which involves a small donation to couchsurfing but is well worth it! make sure you profile is complete-i havent had a look at yours yet.. As for Europe best thing to do is get a eurail pass, dont do a tour, bring a backpack not a suitcase, pack as little as possible, thanks to couchsurfing it is also easier and free to wash your clothes at their house, you should travel with a netbook as 90% of your hosts will have wifi and is better to have frequent internet access with couchsurfing, and will save you hundreds on internet cafe! you absolutly must have a mobile phone when couchsurfing there is nothing worse then haveing a surfer you cant contact. whenever possible buy a sim card for the country in so it doesnt cost your host so much to contact you and also other surfers in the area who you can meet up/travel with. Make sure you get an International student id card even if your not a student you can get a youth one which usually works the same.
Get a special book for your hosts and friends you make along the way to write something in or draw a picture etc will be an amazing souveneir for home, unfortunatly i didnt think to do that though i have bought a patch from every country and sewn it on to my backpack. Collect up all your friends and families addresses to send them postcards when your travelling.
MY FAVE PLACES IN EUROPE!
Cesky Krumlov-Czech republic
Stavenger and Bergen-Norway
Gallway and Arran islands-IRELAND
Train journey from Zurich to Milan
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, United Kingdom