Patrick Vanraes

Ghent, Flanders, Belgium

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About Me

Greetings, lost traveler!

A new book is to be opened. Our story begins here.

Wait! Put on this music while you read my profile:
It will give you a better idea of what kind of person I am.

So, where was I?... Ahh yes, introducing the main character of our story.
He has an unusual past that taught him many a lesson. Existence made him think. Life made him decide which path to take. Grown stronger he has! Yet he has not lost his humor and kindness. On the surface, one often gets a calm, controlled and intelligent impression. Within, however, behind that mask of maturity, lurks total madness. Visions that need new sunlight. Dreams that need fresh air. Music that needs to be danced to.

A type of guy you do not meet twice in a lifetime. Insane, in a healthy way.


There are many ways to kill a mortal.
Flesh that burns,
bones that break.
But to break a man's spirit...
that's to truly destroy him!


He who fights too long with dragons,
becomes a dragon himself.
And if you gaze too long into the abyss,
the abyss
will gaze
into you.


There's nothing here to take for granted
with each breath that we take.
The hands of time strip youth from our bodies
and we fade...
Memories remain,
as time goes on...


Time flies but you are the pilot!
We are only briefly on this Earth.
In the end, it's not going to matter how many breaths you took,
but how many moments took your breath away.
Life is either a daring adventure,
or nothing.


Your life is your message.
And I have an outspoken tale to tell.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I'm luring people into my apartment, in order to give them a sssspecial time, hehehe.

Next to that, I'm organizing and joining many CS events. The agenda of my weekly events typically looks like this:

(mostly) Thursday
20h30: Salsa and Bachata workshop party at my place

20h00: Epic bar meeting in hostel Uppelink

13h30: Jugger in Koning Albert park
16h35: Dutch conversation table in the pub Spijker

There are some other projects I'm working on as well, like a monthly or bimonthly speed-friending event and the InterCSity weekends, where the Gent group is visiting or receiving couchsurfers from another city.

You know, the usual stuff.


I've lost count.


Spanish language
Russian language
World domination
The process of creativity

My knowledge on some of them is rather broad, but by no means it reached its limits.

I adore the fantasy genre, since it somehow can complement reality, by bringing metaphors to life.

Music, Movies, and Books

Classical soundtracks
Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland, Jurassic Park, Aladdin,...
Ayreon, Deathstars, Cradle of Filth, Lacrimosa,...

A Beautiful Mind, Big Fish, Oldboy, Merlin,...

Dexter, Community,...

Baccano!, Kannazuki No Miko, Elfenlied,...

Philosophy, psychology, English fantasy

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done


As in many fairy tales, it all began a long time ago, in a place far far away.

A boy was born.
His birth would set the pace for his unlikely life.
No longer than most men's,
but larger.
And as strange as his stories got...
...the endings were always the most surprising of all.

Teach, Learn, Share

Knowledge is power, and power corrupts. So, study hard and be evil!

A good way to start is by learning how to dance salsa. I can teach you some of the basic moves. And some stupendous moves as well. If you feel like showing me your dancing skills, by all means, that would be great! Salsa or other dances, doesn't matter.

I can also show you how a weird combination of ingredients can be turned into a delicious salad or meal. If you know a weird dish, you have my full attention :P

I can improve your Dutch and English. You can improve my Russian or Spanish.

You can teach me how to eat with fork and knife or with chopsticks. I can teach you how to eat with nothing at all!

Countries I’ve Visited

Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In


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