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I am living in Mainz, close to Frankfurt am Main, and at the moment in a kind of sabbatical. I hope to start a PhD in October 2021, and until that time I will be doing hopefully some freelance/parttime jobs.
Originally I am from the Netherlands, but I come from the Southern border area which makes me feel more European than Dutch. :) In 2018 I finished with my master in German literature/linguistics/philosophy, which I did at the universities of Mainz (Germany) and Dijon (France).
I am not on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter and I believe I still exist as a person and am still perceived as such by other people. :) :) :)
I think it's our duty to try to see the positive in other people and to work on this every day
Some more things about me and my interests: I am always doing something related to languages, read a lot, I like to take a lot of time to cook and eat even if it's just for myself, listen to all kinds of music, watch series (I'm afraid I get addicted to it from time to time especially reality shows....), try to spend as much time with my family and lovely friends, I like discussions about politics, I sometimes work as a tutor in Dutch, German, English, French and Latin and try to understand Europe and the idea of "countries" - which I obviously like to do by traveling the continent (and beyond if I am lucky enough) :)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I LOVE Couchsurfing. I have had the most amazing experiences with it, more than I could have ever expected from it. It has allowed me to put my life in perspective in the best way.
I surfed in Stockholm, Paris, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Gent, Turku, Heidelberg and Kassel. :D
I hosted people from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Iran, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the USA - all of those were great experiences.
I discovered the CS meetings and events in Amsterdam quite late (stupid because they are so much fun!) and I met some very cool people there aswell.
I've organised CS meetings in Mainz when I was living and studying there, which actually is an amazing way to be active in the CS community :D Anddd the CS life in Dijon was very alive which I enjoyed very much
+ me and my sisters did a CS free walking tour + CS meeting in Milano which we thought was legendary! :D
My travelling aspirations for now (other than continue to travel in Europe) are to go to Iran and make a REALLY big Russia-trip at some point.
- classical music
Music, Movies, and Books
Friedrich Hölderlin, W.F. Hermans, Nikolai Gogol, Toon Tellegen, Charles Baudelaire, Hermann Hesse, Kurt Tucholsky, P.F. Thomese, R.M. Rilke, Kader Abdolah, Heinrich Heine, Jan Guillou, J.W. Goethe, Bertolt Brecht, Lewis Carroll, Tom Lanoye, W.G. Sebald, Louis Couperus, Anton Chekhov, Franz Kafka
and the list goes on and on
METALLICA, Alter Bridge, Pink Floyd, The Velvet Underground, The Walkmen, The Stranglers, Rolling Stones, The Strokes, We lost the Sea, Rammstein, John Grant, David Bowie, Graveyard, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Volbeat, The Doors, AC/DC, Belle and Sebastian, Iron Maiden, Tegan and Sara, Franz Ferdinand, Phoenix (and many more obviously)
I really love classical music too, especially composers such as Rachmaninov, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy and Chopin. I especially love piano music and classical singing (Lied) as I do that myself too.
I also have a lot of very cringy guilty pleasures when it comes to music, I'll share this with you when we meet mhihi
I am really quite ignorant about cinema so you are welcome to enlighten me!
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Meeting so many amazing people from all over the world!
Traveling through Europe by train has been one of the most amazing experiences for me so far. When it's done with friends it's of course even so much better. I hope I'll be as lucky to have many more of those trips.
I translated a book about Russia from German into Dutch
I sung alone for audiences quite a couple of times, I dare to say that's at least amazing-ish too. :)
Teach, Learn, Share
Uhm language stuff I guess? Dutch/other languages in the Netherlands/German maybe
Everything you'll want to teach me I will most probably find interesting! I really like to learn new things about cooking so let's make a nice meal together :) I got better at cooking in the last couple of years so there might be some things I could teach you about that too.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I hope we can share a nice time together and experience the feeling of how amazing it can be to meet random people and have a great time with them!
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, Germany, Netherlands