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Caspar Diederik

Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

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Overview

  • 31 Positive References
  • Fluent in Dutch, English, Italian; learning French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
  • 36, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • StoryTraveler
  • Social Cultural sciences, Free Unive...
  • From Haarlem, Holland
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Inspire people for Slow and Green travel and leisure

ABOUT ME

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Since march 2011 I'm on an entrepreneural voyage of discovery in the very south of Italy. Telling awesome stories about cool places on my blog (http://storytravelers.com)... all with a heart for the planet and it's living creatures. I want to create impact by inspiring people to have more attention and respect for the place they go, without being patronising. The motivation has to come from within. Although I have clear what I want to create it's a way to the unknown, but it just feels good... so I walk on.
Before this adventure I had an energetic metropolitan life in Amsterdam and worked hard as a peoplemanager. I enjoyed until a certain point, when I needed to reconsider everything I was doing and follow my intuition and passion.
So i decided to break away from the this arranged life. And I took a half year break of advantureous travelling.. I've spent 5 months in Africa travelling from Cape Town to Nairobi. I had some fantastic couchsurf experiences and met the most awesome people. After that I decide to start my entrepreneural vaoyage. I've always been attracted to exploe the planet, travelling a lot. In earlier stages of life I lived in Australia and later Argentina and Brasil. Travelling is my passion, discovering what else the world has to offer and tell about it. I'm a curious person eager to gain insights, i want to live by heart ... and do what makes me, and thus others, happy.
I'm interested in worldly concerns like politics, cultural differences, global issues and environmental change. I can say i'm openminded by accepting different points of view, habits or cultural differences. I try to live with conciousness and responsability for my environment (people and planet). Next to all that elevating stuff i love to do what a lot of people like: eating, going out and dance, dance, dance, having fun and laught In Holland we've got splendid outdoor raves in summer! Come over some time!

PHILOSOPHY

There is a way to live our lives harmoniously with each other and the world.
It's not about the chances you take, but about the choices you make. Choose to be the change you want to see in the world.
Stop thinking to much about the past and the future and enter the now and see, feel, smell, hear what life's got to offer.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I found myself travelling in south america travelling around. I met such a hospitality, that i wanted to give that back. So I participated by offering my space to let people from all over the world experience a local stay in a famous city.
Now I have been staying in Africa and I've met the most awesome people u could think of. So I'm happy to provide for the same as people did for me. Being an excellent host who allows you to dive in the Amsterdam local life.

For me Cs is about connecting. Worldcitizens who take care of eachother, who welcome eachother and open up, independent of any cultural difference. As a surfer you step into the life of likeminded worldinhabitants. You're able to skip the common social barriers which we encounter in daily life in order to dive in a local experience.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Initially I had great experiences in Cape Town, Plettenburg, Johannesburg, Maputo, Chimoio and Dar es Salaam couchsurfing at the world most marvellous hosts. I also stayed with locals who are not connected to CS, which was a very unique experience.
Before I traveled trough South America and got hosted in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo in homes of friends wich i had met overthere before CS
I'm used to receive friends from abroad.
Now I've been hosting people from all over the world in my humble but warm home.

Interests

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music festivals, Green travel stories, learning, human mind and behaviour, space, science, anatomy, zouk, food.. good food and wine, diving, salsa, travelling, martial arts, exploring the variaty of approaches to our world from east to west, fotografy, documentaries, languages.

Music, Movies & Books

Music: everthing that hits me. from Techno to Classical. And it depends of the occasion, well ok a few: Massive Attack, Doctor lectroluv, Chemical borthers, Moby, Daft Punk, Morcheeba, Chambão and many more
books: power of now, alchemist,

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Playing football with streetkids in São Paulo.
Driving around the continent of Australia in a van with 3 best friends for a whole year.
Sharing stories with longlife convics in the jail Salta, Argentina.
A solo retrait of 4 days in Sweden's mountains without eating doing Xi Gong teached by of J. Milton (former bodyguard of the Dalai Lama.)
Staying in one of Rio's favelas.
Diving in the great Barrier reef.
Snorkelling in a magnesium clear river full of wonderful
Eating magic mushrooms at Iguazu falls.
Skydiving in Australia.
Smoking pod on the salar of Uyuni, Bolivia.
Cutting trough Europe from West to East by car
Hang around with the boyz of the hood in SOWETO
Junped of Worls hifghtes bungee jump in SA
Staying with locals villagers in Mozambique

visited 42 states (18.6%)Create your own visited map of The World

Teach, Learn, Share

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
Strongly wish, visualize and trust the proces.. see that doors will open
If you get stuck, draw with a different pen.
Do some yoga in the morning and increase your energy.
Happiness is taking the things as they are.

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malawi, Monaco, Mozambique, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Zambia

Countries I've Lived In

Netherlands

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