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Our names are Shakura(1990)🌸 and Martin(1989)💀.
In January 2012 we started cycling from Holland🇳🇱 to Japan; it was our first trip 1.together, 2.on a bicycle and 3. through Central Asia.
By the end of 2012 we reached Japan🇯🇵 by ferry from South- Korea.
After Japan🚴🏻♀️ we both went on a different path: Shakura worked in Australia and backpacked through (South East)Asia before working on a cruise ship🛳️ for six months that took her to America.
While Martin cycled🚴🏾♂️ through South Asia, the Middle East and North East Africa prior to working in Belgium for a while. Afterwards he went on a roadtrip through the whole of East Europe and then took the cruise ship Shakura worked on to America.
After a roadtrip through America, we started living and working on the Dutch Antilles to save up for a roadtrip through Africa🌍. After the roadtrip🚙 through Africa we ended up on a cruiseship to Antarctica. Broke from the cruise we started living and working in New Zealand and Canada🍁.
We enjoy meeting people👨👩👦👦 from all over the world and to be pleasantly surprised by the different cultures or countries we never learned about or were misinformed about by the media📽️. From time to time a warm shower is a heavenly experience, since we also do alot of camping🏕️ when traveling.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Onfortunately we're currently not able to host anyone because we're travelling ourselves. But if we have our own cottage🏚️ after this trip we'll definitely keep our doors open to anyone, since that's the least we can do as appreciation for the amount of welcoming, heartwarming💛, informative and sweet people we've met(with and without the help of Couchsurfing/Warmshowers🚿). We've been enormously lucky with having a home every other day on our bicycle travels and very much appreciate that fact🍀.
This link shows the narrative of our cycling trip we took from Holland to Japan(scroll down for English), and is the website of a great tourguide in Tokyo🗼(if you happen to need one):
We just started vlogging📹 in May 2017 as well:
And our instagram📸:
Shakura; "anything that(intentional or unintentional) gives 'meaning' or 'insight' to ones life: such as religion, philosophy, writings, art, because we're all(a bit) lost without meaning😱.
As well as things that make us happy, and that can be anything, really".
Music, Movies, and Books
"Music🎼:(folk, soul and pop) Joss Stone, Damien Rice, Laura Marling, Nick Drake, Neil Young, Eddie Vedder, N.E.R.D., Spice girls, Scott Matthews, Nizlopi, Tupac, Charli XCX, Joy Crookes, Lana Del Rey, Marvin Gaye
Movies🍿: Matilda, Into The Wild ofcourse, Memoirs of a Geisha, House of Flying Daggers, Malificent, The Fall, Sin City, Inglorious Bastards, The invention of lying, Thank you for smoking, Her, Closer, Hard Candy, 8 Femmes and 300 Rise of an empire. I enjoy movies that are beautifully shot.
Series🎬: American Horror Story, Euphoria, Claws, The Bates Motel, The Good Place, The Handmaid's Tale
Books📚: Haruki Murakami, Khaled Hosseini, Roald Dahl, 'Why we eat pigs, wear cows and love dogs' by Melanie Joy, 'Dark Matter' by Blake Crouch, 'Ik ben Hendrik Witbooi' by Conny Braam, 'The Circle' by Dave Eggers.
Art: Dalí ofcourse, Frida Kahlo ofcourse, Hakob Hakobyan, Makoto Aida, Rob Gonsalves".
"Music🎼:(hardrock and psychedelic rock) THE DOORS, The Kinks, Yngwie Malmsteen, The Police, Steve Vai, MGMT, Metallica, Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, Jefferson Airplane, Pearl Jam, Sia, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, The Gorillaz, Queen, Guns N' Roses, The Byrds, LED ZEPPELIN, Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Temptations, Red Hot Chilli Pepper, The How, Fleet Foxes, The Animals, Voodoo, Carlos Santana, Fugees, The Killers, The Verve, The Wailers, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Dance Dance Party Dance, AC/DC.
Movies🎬: Apocalypse now, Into The Wild, The Doors, Shutter 2004, IT, Crossroads and Batman.
Books📚: I don't do business with books".
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Shakura🌸; "the cycling trip was amazing all over. I love nature and taking two days to get on top of a mountain so I can cycle off it(Tajikistan). Loved our Antarctica cruise as well. Also JAPAN".
Martin💀; "Antarctic cruise. to have climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in two and a half days. Running half a marathon in seventy-six minutes, dizzy and vomiting but I did it for my little bird that passed away! R.I.P Pietje. Cycling 190km in one day trough hilly Borneo on a full packed bike that weighed 40kg and meeting my girl Shakura".
Teach, Learn, Share
Countries I’ve Visited
Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Angola, Antarctica, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), France, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Martinique, Mauritania, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French part), Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Sint Maarten (Dutch part), Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, U.S., Zambia, Zimbabwe
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Canada, Curaçao, Netherlands, New Zealand