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  • 45 References 32 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish; learning German, Greek (modern)
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • PhD student on water/energy/cities
  • Electromechanical engineer / Environmental manager
  • From Ghent, Flanders, Belgium
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About Me

I'm a simple person working as a researcher in the energy systems field. I try my best to have an open mind and an international mindset. I am Belgian and happy for that, but I have had the privilege and pleasure of living in Italy, the US and now Austria. I love to travel and to discover and try new things in general, including of course meeting new people. I am quite direct and like to say things the way they are, and get along best with people who do the same (although I get along well with most people). I hold honesty as a value in very high regard.
I graduated as an electromechanical engineer at the University of Ghent, afterwards taught math in high school for 8 months, and then completed an interdisciplinary Master program around the environment at the amazing Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Now I'm doing research on economic and energy systems and then... Well, I need to figure that out soon


I know I don't know and I'm not afraid of questioning things
We only live once
All people are essentially good
Learn to let go
Don't kid yourself!
(I still need to learn how to do some of the above)

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


By giving people a home on the road and by making them feel at home, by trying to give hosts the best of me, by sharing ideas and experiences, by helping out with anything, ...


I did quite some couchsurfing which did not pass through the website before signing up, staying over at friends' places or at their friends' in the places I traveled to, and also hosting friends, friends of friends and an occasional stranger at home or in Turin while I was living there. Then I did some official couchsurfing in the US in April 2010, and I hosted a lot of people in New Haven, on e person in Hawai'i and plenty again in Vienna.


Mankind's interaction with the environment which is on a collision course
Good food and eating in general
Conversations over some drinks
How people see and experience 'spirituality'

  • environment
  • dining
  • running
  • drinking
  • traveling
  • engineering
  • environmental studies
  • forestry
  • languages
  • mathematics

Music, Movies, and Books

Books I liked: "A Short History of Nearly Everything" - Bill Bryson; "Changing Places" and "Small World" by David Lodge; "Hyperion" series by Dan Simmons; "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac; "The Botany of Desire" by Michael Pollan; "Nature's Metropolis" by William Cronon is also an incredibly interesting book, about how nature was commodified and how we got to the present economic system using Chicago as an example.
"The Monkey Wrench Gang" by Edward Abbey - very inspiring!
Movies: Forrest Gump, Il Postino, Manhattan are three I very much enjoyed.
Music: music that has a tune, music that I can sing under the shower, music with the capacity to energize. The past year Julieta Venegas is the artist I listened to most - her lyrics have been making a lot of sense in the context of recent relationships.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Jump into blowholes and off the cliff at the Southernmost point of the USA on the Island of Hawai'i.

Teach, Learn, Share

I could teach you some languages. I could teach you how to make delicious tagliatelle al ragù alla bolognese. I could try to teach you how to balance a balero. And many other things!
One particular thing I want to know more about is our consciousness: what it is, what it can do. I would like to experience something 'spiritual', because many people claim to have done so (not necessarily through drugs) and I believe them. I want someone to give me a theory about this that is not in conflict with my scientific mind, or I want someone to show me where my scientific mind is wrong.
Also, force me to speak German, please! And have some patience if you do so...

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

Austria, Belgium, Italy, United Kingdom, United States

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