Sierd van der Bij

Birdaard, Friesland, Netherlands

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  • Fluent in Dutch, English, German, Western Frisian; learning Afrikaans, French, Hungarian, Russian, Spanish
  • 27, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Freelance journalism
  • Studying to become a teacher in Dutch language
  • From Burdaard
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About Me


"Man reist nicht um anzukommen, sondern um zu reisen." - Johann Wolfgang van Goethe.


Student Dutch language. Music journalist. Writing for a regional newspaper. Head editor of 3VOOR12 Friesland: Alternative music related newsplatform. Organizer of a number of festivals, concerts, parties. Traveller, coffeedrinker, beerdrinker, smoker, reader, adventurer, musicfestivaljunkie, writer, poet..

Currently sharing my stories from be on the road with the internets. Pardons for the fact that it's in Dutch, but Google could help you out:


Do you wanna live like common people?

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Couchsurfing is an unique way to meet new people and discover cultures. The philosophy of 'home sweet home' definitely counts for travelling with CouchSurfing on your mind. My couch is available and my intention is to surf as much couches as possible. We must travel, because we can.


Hosted:Sveta Selivanova - Angarsk, Russia.Helena Machová and friends - Olomouc, Czech RepublicDavid van Dokkum & Marion Boulicault - Chapel Hill, North Carolina .John Rbeiz - Beirut, Lebanon. Surfed: Evgenia Tsvirko - Minsk, Belarus. Samaneh Zand - Shiraz, Iran. John Rbeiz - Beirut, Lebanon. Ana Dragic - Belgrade, Serbia. Kenneth Means - Oslo, Norway.Stephan Hammar - Gothenburg, Sweden.
Timo Wulff - Emden, Germany.
László Gazdag - Budapest, Hungary.
Emre Genc - Istanbul, Turkey.
Ahmed Bastawi - Aswan, Egypt.
Pawel Huk - Isiolo, Kenya.
David Louch - Durban, South Africa.



Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Anything. From Tarantino to arthouse.
Books: Mostly Dutch literature.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Taking a dive from a high rock in a river in Northern-Iraq. As two Kalashnikov gunmen look at me with enviousness in their eyes I realize that all people have their fears. And that we are all equal, no matter what your weapon of choice is.

Teach, Learn, Share

Clumsy, but socially and linguistically developed. Bizarrely interested in (alternative) music.

Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kenya, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tanzania, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Countries I’ve Lived In


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