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Rien

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

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Overview

  • 93 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in Dutch, English; learning French, German, Irish, Māori, Spanish
  • 36, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • fooling bits and bytes into doing my...
  • family, friends, school, life, natur...
  • From Tessenderlo, Belgium
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

smiling the smile, hugging the hugs

ABOUT ME

I was born thirty odd years ago in the fair city of Diest, but grew up in the also fair city of Tessenderlo. When I was five, on vacation in Norway with mom, dad and my sister, I told my mom that one day I would live there. I never went back to Norway unfortunately, but the fascination and curiosity for travel stayed.But besides that I'm just a little boy trapped in a man's body :DI always get myself into crazy situations due to my clumsiness, but the good thing is that I always find a way out. I do bump my head quite often though (doors, cupboards, walls, ... you name it)I love to laugh: being silly rules! Favorite topic of ridicule is mostly myself. The silver medal would probably be you (or your mom ;) But friends have been known to call me dependable and if the need arises I can be serious, and I won't shun a good discussion. I also want to experience as much of the world as possible (not necessarily through travel) before I exit this planet.Lately I've taken a shine to being more eco-friendly, got into yoga, massage therapy and I like puns and hugs :)

PHILOSOPHY

Laugh when you can, cry when you must.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Have hosted a handful of people and surfed a few places. Resting my head for free is usually the last thing I'm concerned about when partaking in CS. To me it is all about the interaction and social aspects, the knowledge, the openness and trust and meeting wonderful, amazing and truly inspirational people.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Hosted

Germany (10) USA (7) Belgium (3) Australia (3) Russia (2) France (2) Canada (1) Austria (1) New Zealand (1) Netherlands (1) Switzerland (1) Hong Kong (1)

Surfed

New Zealand (18) Belgium (4) Ireland (2) Sweden (2) Australia (2)

And lots and lots and lots and lots of gatherings, meetings, bbq's, parties and gettogethers!

Interests

Juggling, running, swimming, reading books, hanging out with friends, laughing, cooking, drinking mulled wine, traveling, having a big pot of tea with honey, eating apples, baking cakes (keke!!), burlesque, having a gin & tonic, taking pictures, cameras, growing your own veggies, meeting new people, browsing reddit, having a chat with friends, drinking beer, freecycle, watching a movie/serie/cartoon, not washing my hair, drawing, being around creative people or people with an amazing style and hoping it would rub off, hot yoga, making music (I can play the imperial march on a recorder), being silly, playing fetch with dogs, not watching tv, smelling herbs, giving up coffee, listening to music, potluck diners, eating cheese, drinking wine, laughing with silly puns, trying to speak another language, doing card tricks, sampling cocktails, recycling, eating ice cream, petting cats, hosting people, making bread, therapeutic massages and so much more!

Music, Movies & Books

BOOKS

Terry Pratchett's Discworld; the Illuminatus trilogy; Guns, Germs and Steel; Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; LotR; Jommeke; Dracula; Frankenstein; Ender's Game; Death in the Afternoon; The Moneyless Man; Lord of the Rings; The Hobbit; Harry Potter; Stephen King's The Dark Tower

MOVIES

Too much to sum up. I've got no fav. genre or director, but I know what I like :) Just to name a few: Goodfellas, Once Were Warriors, The Goonies, Mad Max, Star Wars, ... Did Arnoldfest in 2011 (=Arnold Schwarzenegger in all his magnificent glory) Hilarity ensued!

MUSIC

metal, reggae, folk, ninja tunes, stoner rock, irish trad music and what I like to call "Studio Brussel"-music (The Von Bondies, MGMT, The Ting Tings, PJ Harvey and the likes). I s all random like.

TV

Buffy, Red Dwarf, How I Met Your Mother, The L-Word, Sledge Hammer, Married with Children, Startrek TNG, 24, Battlestar Galactica, House MD, Family Guy, Simpsons, Invader Zim, American Dad, South Park, B5, Roadrunner, Tom & Jerry, just to name a few.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Just one? Here's a couple:
- Seeing the house of Father Ted in Kilnaboy, near Shannon
- Gravity holds you down, even though you're on the opposite side of the world
- Visiting Lego-land in Denmark at the age of 4
- Seeing the wastefulness of our society when a CS friend took me dumpstering

I saw a ship larger than a building once.

Teach, Learn, Share

GENERAL TIPS & TRICKS

- Butter is not a good substitute for sunblock
- In Scandinavia alcohol = bribe
- Cats eat garlic
- Guinness stays black on the way out
- Always check the dates on gig tickets
- Don't bump your head too often
- Penguins are way too cute
- Sperm whales are not what the name suggests
- Dumpsters are treasure troves
- The novelty of earthquakes wears off pretty quickly

I can teach you how to play the guitar (badly), acting silly and some basic photography skills. If you want you can teach me a new language (very keen on brushing up my Irish or learning some Maori phrases).

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Austria, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand

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