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  • Fluent in Dutch; learning English, German, Polish
  • 35, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • PhD Student (Archaeologist, GIS-Analyst)
  • Goldsmithing, Archaeology, GIS - and Geodata specialist
  • From Renkum, Gelderland, Netherlands
  • Profile 85% complete

About Me

I want to do something constructive and positive in the world, and always try to bring a (positive) change or doing something serviceable. I see that in all kinds of work that I did:)Now I might embark on a research adventure.
I also hope to visit Iceland this year with my boyfriend.


Contrary to what the pic may suggest, I'm not a party girl:) I'm a fairly quiet person with a jovial mind, although with people of similar disposition you can expect laughter and banter, but I'm what they call an 'introvert';)

I'm a person with a lot of interests, I love to learn and like to try things out. I'm currently trying to learn a bit of Python programming. I've done a couple of studies/training and occupations, but I feel that this all culminates in archaeology and this is the field I would love to keep working in. I love materials, and (want to )specialize in material analysis, especially those related to metallurgy. I volunteer with doing creative things with kids in refugee centers (integrationslötse), and hope to continue this with the Maltesers in the Kiel region.

I love being in nature.
I'm a Dutch national living in Germany (NRW).
In a few days I will know whether I'm really hired as a PhD Student in Kiel, but it's a very last minute confirmation (I should start on the 16th?!). Of course I am excited, it is my dream to do research and the topic is really exciting.
I also like to get to know new people in Kiel and I love discovering the local gems and quirks.

I will also be actively looking for an appartment to settle in Kiel. A couch would help me as I'm starting with little financial reserves, on the other hand - my head is also full with a new job - and perhaps it's better to meet for coffee or something first.

If you want to offer me a couch, I can contribute with tea, cooking, stories and help with cleaning up;) I would love it if you show me your favourite places in Kiel.I won't treat your hospitality as a free hotel, I only write to people where I think I would have a connection with.

Every person has a story and every person has unique qualities. I love learning from diverse perspectives.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I have limited hosting ability at the moment, but I do my best to accommodate(if you're really in trouble, write me). Right now my house is a bit of a battlefield of stuff and boxes (I've started packing and sorting things, feeling positive that I can start as a PhD Student in Kiel:)).

I can however provide you with information if you want to visit this region (or need an emergency couch) and perhaps we can still drink a cup of coffee in a café or something:)If you want someone to join you in your trip to my area, I'm willing to show you around.I do travel by foot, cycle or public transport though:) But the last one is excellent here;)
I have one cute cat that is scared of people (but still very adorable).

Maybe I would like to travel if I have more time and finances;)Something for the future. My first wish is to go to Japan, I have been wanting to for ages:) But every time something comes up, and it doesn't happen. I am planning to do that within 2 years though:).


On this site, I have met up for a drink etc, but I haven't stayed over yet. But I have slept on couches before;)Also I have offered couches to people in need, sometimes even long-term (a few months). Two people in differing time periods, and both have become friends;). Currently I'm hosting a friend who is between between places.

I haven't been that active on this site for a few years, so that explains the long-term membership with few references. However, just because I didn't log on here, doesn't mean I don't have a similar sharing mentality. :) I hope I can host when I have moved to a new appartment in Kiel.


Arts, music, reading, mythology,languages,goldsmithing, Mokume Gane and other dark patinated copper alloys, history, philosophy, archaeology, nature, oh and I love good food:) My favourite kitchens are Japanese, African or Eastern-Mediterranean...I am also tea addicted, and I think on average I have about 30 sorts to choose from (it used to be worse);) Proper leaf tea of course;) Or I can fix you a homemade chai.;)

  • cats
  • arts
  • architecture
  • dining
  • coffee
  • drinking
  • clothing
  • reading
  • traveling
  • music
  • jazz
  • cycling
  • history
  • languages

Music, Movies, and Books

I like mostly fantasy, SF, Arthouse, dramatic and Asian movies...I love noir movies. Movies like Citizin Kane, Delicatessen, The Gods must be crazy, Amelié, 3 iron(Bin Jip), Baraka etc.
Books....I like books about memories, books that make you think, humorous books and books about imperfect characters.

I've a really broad music taste, but I'm less likely to whistle to the latest poptune(*unless it's really, really catchy;)). I have an ecclectic taste, from classical to 20s Blues and Jazz (I have a gramophone at home;)), 60-70s psychedelic music, 80s New Wave and goth, Prog rock, Post Rock, Shoegaze, World Music, Troubadour/songwriter etc. Just to name a few of my favourites: Tim Buckley, Wovenhand, Zoe Keating, Irezumi/Manuel-M, Sieben, Dead Can Dance, Irfan etc. The list is too extensive:)

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

excavate in the Caribbean, swimming with seaturtles, being tickled by sea-urchins and staring at a baracuda, and try to solve a poo-mystery on a small island that seemed to be only inhabited by 1 cow and 2 goats (and a few people).

Failed to avoid the cliché for archaeologists...walking rope bridges, wading through water-filled tunnels, exploring caves with archaeological treasures, pieced a human being together and tried to solve mysteries.

Sitting on a cliff in Northern-Norway looking out over the sea, I watched the midnight sun at 1 a.m. sink to it's pivotal point of equilibrium (the point between sinking and rising again) where it emitted a pink glow . It was so beautiful. Actually, I think I can find that pic somewhere for you (in photo's;))

Teach, Learn, Share

I learned that forgiving is the best way to keep the past behind you. I am much more optimistic and positive about living then I was before. I also believe, that in this way, life is more flowing...negativity leads to nothing, and worrying about everything is being an enemy in your own mind.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Stories, good food, lot's of tea and hopefully some laughter too.
I do enjoy deeper conversations. I can probably show you the coolest parts of Bochum:)

Countries I’ve Visited

Barbados, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Germany, Netherlands

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