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Become a Berliner
I'm a bit shy person actually. Couch surfing has been amazing experience for me to meet new people, I find it cuts a lot of the social smalltalk and you can just immediately get to know eachother. Once I feel comfortable I can open up and be quite social.
I'm open minded about people's culture and ideas and interested in learning about them. Sometimes I get a bit vague and philosophical, dreamy. My sense of humor can be described as dry, understated and sarcastic. Sometimes people do not understand if I'm talking serious or joking, this annoys some people so you've been warned. I'm not the biggest party animal in the world but I like to dance and socialize be it to techno tunes in a club or in a mosh pit at a concert. I love nature, taking hikes, swimming and scuba diving but hardly do it enough. I love animals and support sustaining our planet, this is why I am a vegetarian.
Have been studying Computer Science till 2006 and until 2011 working in Amsterdam building software thingies. Then I decided to change life around, move the Berlin and see what happens there. I love the international expat life, working and living with people from all over the world.
"Treat others as they would like to be treated" - The Platinum Rule
"People can do anything they like as long as it does not harm others" - The Harm Principle (John Stuart Mill)
"As soon as you're born you start dying, so you might as well have a good time" - Cake
I'm a big fan of the scientific method and quite convinced that it can be used to understand everything in the universe that can be understood. I'm skeptical of organized religion though I will respect people that choose to join in such things. I've flirted a bit with yoga and meditation and read about Eastern philosophy (but don't really understand it).
Sometimes I get the feeling that the world just makes sense, that things are at it's place but I'm never quite sure what that is.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Have started hosting people in 2010 and as summer approached totally got hooked on the concept. Must have hosted over 60 people gradually gaining more trust and experience and I became a regular at the CS meetings in Amsterdam. In December I organized my first CS event: a double singer-/songwriter concert in my living room. It was a great success with over 20 people attending and the concert was recorded as a album Jack & Emma: The Tour Diary.
Now whenever I go somewhere I check out the CS scene and visit local events. Planning to continue hosting big time after settling in Berlin. Of course I'll be joining the CS scene and join events as soon as I arrive.
I've met some nice and very interesting people at couch surfing meetings in Budapest and at the Sziget festival. Then in the summer of 2010 I started hosting people like crazy, often several at a time. It's been fun meeting so many travellers and I'm still keeping in touch with quite a few of them. Now living in Berlin I keep up with some of the events here, host some CS friends and I'm always open to meet up for a coffee or drink. Tell me your story.
Joanne from Australia
Wuuki & Tytti from Finland
Rayane & Gilles from France
Jessica & Carlos from USA
Tim (Taiwan) & Joe (India)
Anna & Pawel from Poland
Manuel (Germany) & Greg (USA)
Wouter (Belgium) & Hristo (Bulgaria)
Catalina (Romania) & Maxime (France)
Cody from USA
Vinicius from Brazil
Hristo, Alex and Andre from Bulgaria
Evan from Chicago, USA
Lotte and Laura on the bike from Gent, Belgium
Nadia, Dina, Leva and one more friend from St Petersburg, Russia
Steffen and Alina from Munich, Germany
Jennifer from California, USA
Maruša and Aleksandra from Slovenia
Regina & Meli from Bavaria, Germany
Yura & Alex from St. Petersburg, Russia
Diego, Mariana & Alice from Brasil
Laurent, Odin (France) & Judy (Taiwan)
Laura & Nolly from Columbia
Andy & Marisa from Rhode Island, USA
Katherine from NY state, USA
Joey & Adam from Ottowa, Canada
Florian from Berlin, Germany
Karen & David from Belgium
Emma from Alaska, USA
Karen (again) + Anneleen from Belgium
Nadia (again) + Aleksander from St. Petersburg, Russia
Sam & Lenny, Berlin
Stefan + flatmates, Berlin
Sziget festival in Budapest, Hungary. August 2009
United Nations Irish Pub in Chiang Mai, Thailand. January 2010
Amsterdam weekly meeting, regularly since summer 2009
Pizza Barbie meeting in Ghent, Belgium. June 2010
Midsummernight Aftercamp 2010 on the beach near Bloemendaal, June 2010
Pre-worldcup picnic, July 2010
Jack Stafford Foundation concert at YOUR MUM, Berlin September 2010
Organized: living room concert Jack Stafford and Emma Hill, December 2010
Profile views (since June 2010):
Music, philosophy, dancing, travel, fun, love, sleep, software development, guitar
- pub crawls
- scuba diving
- computer science
Music, Movies, and Books
I really like music. Usually I mostly listen to rock, indie and folk music. Have been to a lot of festivals in the past few years. One of the best was Sziget 2009 in Hungary where I met a lot of couch surfers. My top plays from lastfm:
Arctic Monkeys, Bob Dylan, Cake, The Beatles, Placebo, Johan, The Postal Service, K's Choice
I like discovering new bands and promoting the ones I like. At the moment it's:
The Fudge: magnetic rock from the Netherlands.
The Jack Stafford Foundation:, couch surfing singer/songwriter. Invite him to play at your place!
Books: mostly English classics like George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Ernest Hemingway. And Science Fiction: Neal Stephenson, William Gibson, Isaac Asimov. Books that make you think about life and reality.
Movies: Quentin Tarantino, The Matrix
Cartoons: Simpsons, Futurama, Family Guy and South Park
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Just living in this universe is kind of special if you think about it. That's really the most amazing thing. How can these atoms and forces dangling around create something like love?
Teach, Learn, Share
I know some stuff about software development and like to talk about it. So if you're interested in that stuff you're set for a long conversation :-).
I'm also interested in Scrum and Agile processes; these are software development methodologies but they can also be applied outside this field. In my opinion these new ways will revolutionize with way we work in the next 20 years. Lean manufactoring and self-organizing teams are also a keywords here.
Thanks to Couch Surfing I recently picked up a guitar. I'm getting lessons from a friend I met through CS. If you have guitar skills and willing to teach me a bit, please surf my place and I'd like to learn from you!
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Laos, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In