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Overview

  • 11 references 8 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Dutch, English, German, Swedish; learning French, Spanish
  • 27, Male
  • Member since 2013
  • User Experience Designer
  • MSc. in Service Design.
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About Me

Hi! I'm an enthusiastic User Experience Designer. I started my study in The Hague (The Netherlands), which I combined with an exchange in Stuttgart (Germany).
Then I decided to do my masters in Linköping (Sweden). Now I'm back in The Netherlands.

I play piano, tennis, and love skiing and hiking. In my free time you can find me behind my camera. I try to go around by bike as much as possible (Dutch people...;))

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I don't like tourist attractions (or call them tourist traps ;)). When travelling somewhere, I want to experience the real culture, and find the 'hidden spots'. Couchsurfing gives me both – and lets me meet real cool people.

Unfortunately, I can't travel all year. But I also really like touring other Couchsurfers in my own country (The Netherlands, or Sweden, depending where I am).

Interests

I like piano, tennis, photography and designing. For the latter: that's why I started my own small webdesign company. I've done cool projects for that so far! I'm also a participant in Postcrossing, what I really like.

I like cooking too! I'm a vegetarian since almost five years. I'm still alive and happy!

  • photography
  • vegetarian
  • vegan
  • walking
  • music
  • piano
  • hiking
  • biking
  • healthy food
  • happiness
  • curiosity
  • keyboard

Music, Movies, and Books

I usually get distracted before I continue reading, but the most amazing book I've ever read is "The curious incident of the dog in the nighttime", written by Mark Haddon. But I started reading again recently a few weeks, and with the right book, I enjoyed it :).

I listen to all kinds of music (except for hard style or so); it just depends on my mood. I also like playing the new songs I hear on the piano. If you haven't heard of Wintergatan: one example of music I really like to play on my piano!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

There are too many things I like. I think combining solo travels with Couchsurfing has been amazing in many countries. But moving abroad twice for studies was also cool!
And, besides my exchange in Germany, I met three new loads of international students in Sweden as well. Awesome to get to know SO many cultures and people!

Teach, Learn, Share

I know how to design things, where I happily learn you things in. I'm also pretty handy with Apples (worked in an "Apple Store"), Keynote and Sketch.

I love languages too, so if I can help you learning one or more languages that I speak, I’d be super happy to teach you!

I really hope you can learn me some great recipes to cook (or just have an idea for a good movie to watch ;))

What I Can Share with Hosts

I can show you around in my student city (The Hague), and have great conversations about pretty much everything :)

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Germany, Netherlands, Sweden

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