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Roos Machiel

Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands

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Overview

  • 9 Positive References
  • Fluent in Dutch, English; learning French, German
  • 28, Female
  • Member since 2012
  • Just graduated as a teacher. Otherwi...
  • Primary school teacher.
  • From Middelburg
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Enjoy life in all its beauty and awkwardness.

ABOUT ME

I'm a very reliable, responsible person with a good sense of humor. In new situations with new people I usually need some time to adapt, but once I feel comfortable I'm really involved and you most definately will notice me (and will notice when I'm not there ;) ). I like to share different opinions and take part in discussions. I love to soak up culture by sometimes diving in and participate and other times by stepping aside and just watch.

PHILOSOPHY

Pass on the globe and leave it even better than you found it. Maybe one day you'll find yourself on earth again.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I like to surf and host when I can. In Octobre I will be traveling to Tanzania and from there on spend 4 months discovering more of Africa. (My plan is to visit Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South-Africa, Mozambique and Malawi.) In Cape Town I will meet up with my housemate. Together we will travel back to Tanzania and from there fly to Mumbai, India and spend another 4 months traveling together through India and Nepal.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Just recently hosted our first surfer together with my housmates which was great. I guess the first time you're always a bit anxious and don't know what to expect, but now that we've had our first good experience we are ready to welcome more guests!

In the meantime we've hosted also 2 guys from Belgium and Inia and another guy from Norway. All the experiences so far were nice and interesting.

Interests

I spend my time trying to alternate between doing very meaningfull things (such as teaching, developing myself e.g. intellectually and physically) and just having fun and do very meaningless things (watch chickflicks, bad comedies (just discovered 'new girl' and loving it!)) and just enjoying life in all its beauty and awkwardness.

Music, Movies & Books

I need music in my life! I like a bit of everything depending on the state of mind I'm in. It goes from classic music to, latin, r&b, hip hop really (like m&m when I like to be nostalgic :D) I love music which I can sing along with and/or dance to.

I don't really watch a lot of movies. It's not that I don't like to, I just never take time finding out which one I should really see. But I'm making up a bit now and try to see a lot of 'must have seen' movies. Genres I enjoy most are cult, action, drama, comedy and animation movies.

With books I kindof have the same thing going on as with movies. I feel like I should read more, but always end up doing other stuff than just sit down and read. But also improving on this one. At the moment trying to read as much as I can about Africa. I liked the White Masaai and am now reading Long Walk to Freedom, from Nelson Mandela.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Since I was a child I have had a great fascination for elephants. I made my own dream come true by spending 3 days in a row at the 'Elephant Conservation Centre' in Thailand. Being so close to such a massive, yet lightfooted animal, which is even considered holy in most of Asia, was just an amazing experience!

Last year I went on safari in Kenya which was just jawdropping amazing! No words to describe how beautifull it is to see so many different animals living in such a spacious, breathtaking landscape.

Most of the other moments in my life where I was completely left without words or as happy as can be, were mostly small events that just felt huge because of the feelings they gave me and the effect they had on my life at that moment and afterwards. Love and being loved is one of them.

Teach, Learn, Share

I love to learn about different cultures. To me, a very big part of culture is language and food. Therefore I always like to get to know a country/culture by learning some of their language and eating their food. I also love to teach others my language and give them a taste of Dutch food.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mongolia, Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, Netherlands

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