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  • Fluent in Dutch, English; learning French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
  • 38, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Life Adventurer
  • Life Experience
  • From Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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About Me

--- Couchsurfing Guidelines ---

1. Opening greetings: be sure to use the name of the host you are writing to AND double check to see if you wrote it correctly (it's right there in your screen anyway)!

2. First read the profile to see if you actually connect with the person you are asking to stay with. There may be a secret password mentioned somewhere in the profile or them explaining to be nudist. Then write them accordingly and try to link with the things you liked in their profile.

3. Be sure to introduce yourselves AND any travelers who you might be coming with. It's nice that you're coming with your brother or girlfriend, but at least give me a name.

--- Life Philosophy ---

🔥 What if the meaning of life is to give it meaning ourselves? Think about this for a moment or two... I strongly believe that we owe it to ourselves to make our life awesome.

🗝️ Gratitude, curiosity, kindness, courage and creativity are the keys I use to unlock a life that fulfills me. What are yours?

🦄 We all get to be the author of our own life story. I made mine about experiences and about connections with human beings from all around the world. What story do you have inside?

🌍 I'm not just willing but also excited to learn more about myself, the world around me and the vast diversity of culture that can be found on our planet. What can you teach me about yours?

🎮 The world is my playground and missions a fun way to explore differently. Do you have an exciting mission for me to experience something new? I'll have plenty for you!

❤️ As a storyteller, I aim to inspire people to stay awesome in their own unique ways and live the life they always wanted to be living.

--- Good to know ---

✈️ I work at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Expect me to work in weekends, odd hours, etc. Please be independent and capable of entertaining yourself. I do love chats, even after a day of work.

🏠 Living in Amsterdam, I receive plenty of requests every week. Even during the pandemic. I'm not asking much, just that you have some common deceny and make some effort in writing your request.

🎊 First-time Couchsurfers are equally welcome to come stay with me. Just be sure to write an awesome request and I will be happy to accept.

--- Bucket list top 3 ---

🌌 Witness the Northern lights
🚂 Portugal-Vietnam by train
🎈 Balloon ride Capadocia, Turkey

Current Adventure ---

🇳🇱 Corona Pandemic

--- Previous Adventures ---

🇮🇹 3 weeks Italy (2021)
🇮🇳 2 months India (2020)
🇹🇷 1 week Istanbul (2020)
🇲🇽 1 month Mexico (2019)
🇨🇴 3 months Colombia (2019)
🇧🇷 4 months Brazil (2018)
🇦🇷 1 month Argentina (2017)
🇺🇲 1 month United States (2004)

2020: 20 New Experiences ---

✅ 1. Turkish hammam (Turkey)
✅ 2. Without toilet paper (India)
✅ 3. Ayuvedic treatment (India)
✅ 4. Eating with one hand (India)
✅ 5. Long distance train (India)
✅ 6. Learn about Hinduism (India)
✅ 7. Coffee fortune telling (Turkey)
✅ 8. Experience Holi (India)
✅ 9. Learn to bargain (India)
✅ 10. Play around with scammers (India)
✅ 11. Bucket shower (India)
✅ 12. Airport lounge (Turkey)
✅ 13. Work during pandemic
✅ 14. Start a long distance walk
✅ 15. Night hiking
✅ 16. Complete long distance walk
✅ 17. Floatation tank
✅ 18. Ecstatic dance
✅ 19. Get tested for coronavirus
✅ 20. Start a stock portfolio

--- Social Media ---

Insta: @missionmarijn

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I consider myself a world citizen and a life adventurer. On a never ending mission to explore differently and give meaning to my life by living it on my terms.

I'm on Couchsurfing to connect with people from around the world, share our life and see what we can learn from each other. Whenever I travel, I usually plan it around cultural happenings like carnaval, dia de muertos and holi. I avoid hostels at all cost and don't associate with being a "backpacker".


People, languages, cultures, personal development, life coaching, workshops, series, movies, lifestyle and all sorts of adventures, experiences and explorations :-)

  • festivals
  • meditation
  • walking
  • movies
  • traveling
  • socializing
  • hiking
  • teaching
  • psychology
  • nature
  • mythology
  • life
  • inspiring people
  • techno
  • city life
  • dreaming
  • new experiences
  • love
  • tefl
  • lucid dreaming
  • challenges
  • psytrance
  • unicorns
  • teaching english
  • introspection
  • workshops
  • gamification

Music, Movies, and Books

I love techno music and psytrance and its raves and festivals. I have seen many of them and will see many more. The same goes for movies and series. Like Westworld, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. I watch just about any movie.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

The best week of my life was at the 2016 edition of Boom festival in Portugal. It was actually my third time at Boom but what made it so amazing was how many new people I connected with. I guess my smile worked its magic in showing the love for life I have inside. It's amazing have so many new friends from all over the world. Tears of happiness, I had plenty of those that week.

Teach, Learn, Share

When you stay with me or host me, you will most definitely learn about The Mission Game.

Missions are my way of exploring differently. They lead to magical moments and great stories to tell afterwards. Inspiration to live life with a passion.

Be prepared to complete some missions!

What I Can Share with Hosts

I can help you setting up a blog website, a vlog, brainstorm about projects, improve your English and what not. I also love to go on new adventures and to be creating new memories about amazing experiences.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay

Countries I’ve Lived In


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