Raphael Henkes

Fuzhou, Fujian, China

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  • Fluent in English, French, German; learning Chinese, Dutch, Spanish
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • online marketing
  • learnt stuff through uni, journeys around the world, peop...
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About Me


world domination


I find it hard to describe myself without being either pretentious or self-deprecating. I'm boring and interesting, introverted and outgoing, clever and stupid, adventurous and cautious, excentric and conventional.


My goal is to live in the present moment and keep an open and balanced mind. I try to be conscious of what happens around me. ...oh my god, just realised how annoyingly pretentious and lame that sounds...

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I try to be a good host and a good guest.
I share my CS experiences with people who are intrigued by the project but have not yet joined!


All my CS experiences have been very positive so far.
I surfed many different places: Morocco, China, India, Hungary, Thailand...
I hosted people from Brazil, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand,....


hillwalking, hitchhiking, running, wild camping, reading, listening, meditating, cycling, moving, resting, falling asleep, waking up, talking, being quiet, showering, monsoon rains, walking barefoot, drinking tea, eating, street food, haggling, observing, being childish.

Music, Movies, and Books

I love books. They often smell nice and have all kinds of stuff in them. I have read plenty of books which I would recommend to people. I will never forget Suhayl Saadi's 'Psychoraag', Christophel Meckel's 'Säure'

I am a great fan of music. Ever have been since I discovered my parents' record collection. Michael Jackson, the Beatles and Jean-Michel Jarre are what I found.
These days I like anything that has an interesting edge and makes me either move or close my eyes, or both.
Keith Jarret, Thelonius Monk, Avishai Cohen, Bohren & der Club of Gore, skalpel, lloyd miller
deadbeat, jan jelinek, william basinski, biosphere, amon tobin
Chopin, Schumann, Vivaldi, Nils Frahm, Max Richter, Johann Johannson.

There are so many good films out there.
Some of my favourite directors are Francois Truffaut, Wim Wenders, David Lynch, Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg, Woody Allen, Jim Jarmusch....

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

After my studies I travelled across Asia and New Zeland for almost a year. I saw so much that was new, encountered so many beautiful and inspiring people, some of whom I still call my friends; discovered Vipassana meditation. All of this has radically re-defined who I am, who I want to be and how I look at what's around me.

Teach, Learn, Share

I do speak a few languages and am more than happy to help you practise.
I am a foodie and almost always up for sharing my ideas. I might even cook you a meal if you are nice.
If you ever felt that you wanted to learn (more) about the German-speaking minority in Belgium but never knew who to turn to, you neednt search any further :-)

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Cambodia, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Laos, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Belgium, China, United Kingdom

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