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Didier Vanoverbeke

Gent, East-Flanders, Belgium

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Overview

  • 280 Positive References
  • Fluent in Dutch, English; learning French, German
  • 29, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Gypsy wizard
  • Some degreeless time spent at univer...
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Juggling the sundries of life, while experiencing those meaningful moments with some consistency.

ABOUT ME

This profile is up-to-date as of May 9, 2015. Just so you know, because we all have those times where we don't touch our profile texts and they end up not being accurate anymore. So there you go.
As it's confused a few people in the past, let me state right here: I'm completely blind. Is this really important? Well, not terribly, but it helps if you know, so you don't just see me show up with a cane one day and wonder what the bleep just happened.
I'm motoring along without much paperwork, am not the most entrepreneurial sort, so at this point I have no long-term commitments to jobs, countries, just people. Well, that should be the most important thing. While I do enjoy a good party, you will most likely find me chin-deep in some book or other, jamming out to some great music or writing / planning on writing. I'm planning to finish a manuscript by the end of the year on my solo travels throught he US, as well as dabbling in some fiction left and right. Apart from that, I am sometimes found at stand-up comedy shows, both as audience member and performer, and I also maintain a DJ façade. I am pretty much an introvert-exhibitionist crossbreed.
I am always up for a good conversation about any subject. I do have the terrible tendency to talk too much, so feel free to bluntly interrupt me (everyone does, with good reason). I love laughter, both experiencing it and inducing it in others. Again, this could be viewed as a shortcoming. :)

PHILOSOPHY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5THXa_H_N8

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I love hosting, it's my way of giving back to a world that has shown me an inordinate amount of kindness. I also try to meet and hang out with travelers if I can.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I've hosted since early 2010, as much as I had time for. It has been a wonderful experience, meeting wonderful person after terrific individual. I plan on continuing to be active as a host, or failing that, participate in events when possible. This network has been very good to me, has inspired me, and I'm extremely grateful to all the people I've had the pleasure to meet over the years.
In 2013, I've had the chance to travel across the United States and couchsurf with over 20 people, meeting old friends and making new ones. An experience like no other, I can assure you. I hope to repeat this adventure at some point. For now, I content myself with smaller trips, never straying too far from Belgium, though my frequent visits to Barcelona and Portugal have been very memorable.

Interests

Music (concerts and general listening), literature, more music, more literature, translation, the obscure recesses of popular culture. Most importantly, I love learning through meeting others.

Music, Movies & Books

Music: Why?, Animal Collective, Stars of the Lid, Beach House, Sonic Youth, Aesop Rock, cLOUDDEAD, Broken Social Scene, Broadcast, Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon / Red House Painters), etc. For the full list, see: http://www.last.fm/user/murderousmoped
I also do a sometimes-weekly mixtape/podcast, which you can listen to at: http://www.soundcloud.com/destination-kamchatka
Movies: Most of what I watch is of the "B-movie persuasion". I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to movies; I sink too much time in other areas and have thus snubbed the medium. A shame, yes, but choices need to be made.
Books: Samuel Beckett, Franz Kafka, Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Don DeLillo, Eduardo Galeano, Joan Didion, Helen Oyeyemi, Julio Cortázar, Gert Jonke, Ali Smith, David Foster Walace, Robert Coover, etc etc etc. My Pretention convention is here: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/22191619-didier-vanoverbeke

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Well, I am a big music nerd, so some of my most cherished experiences relate to concerts I've attended. Apart from that, spending 30 minutes in the Integratron in the Mojave desert, sitting in a kayak navigating our way through sea lions and sea otters near the Pacific Ocean, and meeting the myriad fantastic individuals through this network over the years, all count as wonderful moments in recent years.

Teach, Learn, Share

I'll teach you to bang your head against cupboard doors in the most amusing of ways.
If you are absolutely terrible at cooking, I can improve your skill to the point where you are slightly less terrible.
I'm always happy to share ideas on writing (my experience is mostly related to music criticism).

What I Can Share With Hosts

I love sharing stories, they're what make my tiny inner globe spin. Apart from that, I hope that, on the road at least, I have a fairly flexible attitude, being ready to go along with your (somewhat) insane plan. I'm all for moderate insanity.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Belgium, Netherlands

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