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  • 74 References 42 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Russian, Spanish
  • 36, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Economist
  • University
  • From Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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About Me

Enjoy the present and lessons from raising a child.

Made huge life choices, so that I can spend as much time as possible with my 13 year old son, Sheylen. Favourite past times include sailing, cycling, walking, reading, cooking and sharing wine & food. I serve as a volunteer to a couple of NGOs and my favourite one works with slum dwellers in 33 countries around the world.

"Listen with your eyes, heart and ears" - Sheylen, when he was 7 years old.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I joined in July 2011 to learn Spanish in Argentina. I still can not speak any Spanish, but I got to love Argentinian wine and its friendly people :-).

Interacting with people we do not know is a beautiful experience and and pushes our comfort zone. It is always fun meeting strangers.

For now, we meet or host CSers who are open to sharing and if possible play some piano or sport with my son. I also love to learn new ways of cooking tasty food.

We host because, we want to learn about cultures and share life experiences. We do not run a hotel, hostel or a personal tourist guiding company :-). However, I am very happy to advise and assist with travel suggestions.

CSers who stay with us, are requested to spend a little time with my son, Sheylen, chatting about their country, engaging him or teaching a new tune on the piano or saxophone. His interests include reading (lots), soccer/cricket, piano/saxophone, movies (lots of movies). Ah, if you are into Greek mythology, then you and Sheylen can spend hours chatting.

Sheylen also loves to practice his Finnish language (his mother is from Finland) and learning new tunes on the piano. If you know something about 'Pokemon' or robotics or spend some time on the sports field, you will be an instant hit.


Watching my son grow into a teenager and learning parenting skills. Ah, yes ..I do have other interests and they include sailing, cycling, walking, reading, cooking and ...............sharing wine & food.

Check this page:

  • cooking
  • wine
  • walking
  • politics
  • reading
  • live music
  • cycling
  • sailing
  • economics
  • volunteering

Music, Movies, and Books

You can check out our book shelves and listen to the music on the iPod :-).

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

My most amazing 'Thing I've done ' is being an 'active & present' father to my son, who is now 13 years old.

Teach, Learn, Share

For the mind:
- Listening to my son sharing his views on the world & people around him.
-Have a keen interest in economics and politics.
- Live music (from classical to pop).

For the body:
Walking, sailing, and cycling.

For the stomach:
Love experimenting with different food recipes and tasting good wine.

Sheylen and I look forward to listening and learning from you.

What I Can Share with Hosts

*Experiences that have assisted, in making me a better person;
*Happy to cook and share a glass or two of wine.
*Our love for being on the ocean and nature.

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Countries I’ve Visited

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, England, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Iraq, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City State, Wales, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Countries I’ve Lived In

Ireland, South Africa

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