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  • 14 References 9 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Dutch, English, Western Frisian; learning French, German, Spanish
  • 35, Female
  • Member since 2010
  • English teacher
  • Uni of Groningen, the Netherlands; Uni of Dublin, Ireland.
  • From Groningen
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me


to be inspired, explore, and to challenge. Oh and to catch the mouse in my kitchen with my homemade mouse friendly bucket trap.


I am from a tiny province in the Netherlands, called Frisia. Lots of meadows, cows, cheese and milk :D I have been travelling for almost 4 years now in Asia, Australia and NZ. As I travel i try and stay in one place for a longer period of time to really get to know the vibe of the place, the people, and the culture. I really love teaching, and I have been fortunate enough to be able to teach English in both Australia and New Zealand now. And I met some awesome people in the process.
Meeting interesting people who liking riding the same waves is the greatest part of travelling and i try and learn new things as much as i can.


Appreciate the small things and raise your awareness. Loving kindness!! Kharma. Malhtub. And dark orange chocolate. :)

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


At my previous flat we hosted many surfers, now i occasionally still do.


My old flatties mentioned couchsurfing to me. We've had quite a few people stay at our house and it's been a great experience. By now I've couchsurfed in NZ, Japan and China - it's been absolutely amazing. I love it!

Notice: French girl who stayed at our house in november 09, you left your red jumper in our bathroom! Was it a gift? (but it's not really our cup of tea..) Or should we take it to the Op-Shop? (nice n warm - turtle neck!) Anyhow, it now lives here, in case you want to be reunited with it. :)


Anything i am interested in? Jeez...
Ehh.. Music/Concerts (The cure, Powderfinger, the smiths, david bowie, CSS, Creedence, Kate Miller, Kate Nash, the beatles, Ben harper); travelling (doh); reading; tramping; scuba diving; wine; chilling in hammocks; socializing; showering; teaching; eating; iceskating (altho that ws 3 yrs ago); skiing; chilling out.... there's more, but i can't think of any at the moment.. this must suffice.

  • culture
  • concerts
  • chocolate
  • wine
  • cheese
  • shopping
  • reading
  • traveling
  • socializing
  • music
  • scuba diving
  • skiing
  • rock climbing

Music, Movies, and Books

'Boy' NZ movie. Awesome stuff!
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
The cars that ate paris
The Smiths!
Lord of the Rings (Come on Peter Jackson, I'd make an awesome elf!)

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Diving with Manta Rays in Indonesia, climbing and tramping on the Great Wall, skiing on volcanoes and much more.

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach, learn, share.. yup. Just that.

Countries I’ve Visited

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand

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