Sander Kouwenberg

Nunspeet, Gelderland, Netherlands

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  • Fluent in Dutch, English, German; learning French, Italian, Spanish
  • 32, Male
  • Member since 2008
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  • Journalism
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About Me


Clothe the wold and meet the sky!


Hi y'all!

I'm Sander!

I am living in Nunspeet, some call it "middle of nowhere" and some call it "Paris of the Veluwe!"
I share my tiny cosy house with my two adorable cats: Jena & Jumpy!

I used to be a plus size model and a dolphin trainer, but after an internship on Penguin Island, i decided to become a freelance journalist and an online contest participant / winner!


Kill your darlings AND shoot the messenger!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Organized CS Meeting Amsterdam Canal Pride 2011 + 2012 + 2013 + 2014 +2015!! Last year I organized the whole CS Pride Weekend, including the Pride Walk and the Drag Queen Olympics!

I did organize CS Meeting Hartjesdagen 2011 + 2012,, and (the event was postponed 2 years on a row) 2015!

Whats new? CS Sail (In) Amsterdam meet up! The biggest nautical event in the world!


CouchSurfing is great! Hopefully it survives the depression of the last years and will rise like a phoenix! I love CzechSurfing (4 years on a row) and this year WineSurfing Bratislava 2014 is on my to do list!


Feyenoord & Excelsior Rotterdam, PEC Zwolle + AZ Alkmaar, Dukla Praha, OGC Nice & Southampton!

Tour de France, Giro, Vuelta!

I lost my heart in Prague. I am not sure if it was the Kozel, the Becherovka, the Karaoke or all the amazing people I met (probably a mix) but it does feel like my second home!

I adore puffins & botanical gardens, shops filled with gewgaws, gossips, making crazy stories, learning ridiculous phrases in foreign languages, and most of all: MWUAHAHAHAHAHA having as much fun as possible!

Music, Movies, and Books

MOVIES: Road Movies: From Dust till Dawn, Easy Rider, Into the Wild, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert & Familia Rodante. Further I adore Lars von Trier (Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, The Idiots) and Roman Polanski (The Fearless Vampire Killers, The Pianist).

MUSIC: Eartha Kitt, The Doors, Amanda Lear, Pink Floyd, Marlene Dietrich, John Denver, Shirley Bassey, Miss Li, Johnny Cash, Astrid Nijgh, Liesbeth List en Ramses Shaffy, Mercedes Sosa, Tom McRay, All Girl Summer Fun Band, Fairuz, Gulben Ergen, Ella Fitzgerald, Zarah Leander, Cat Stevens, and so on.. and Tina Turner. Did I mention Dalida?! Or the legendary Anneke Grönloh?

BOOKS: Lisa St Aubin de Teran, Eduardo Mendoza, Paulo Coelho, Louis Couperus, Colleen McCullough, Dostojevski, Umberto Eco, Hubert Lampo, Tolstoj, Guy de Maupassant, Doris Lessing, A. Den Doolaard, Daniel Gray, Emile Zola, Dante, Conrad Ferdinand Meyer, Kafka, Alberto Moravia, Ivan Turgenev and ofcourse: HARUKI MURAKAMI!!!!!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I saw a Fratercula! But still searching for (wild) Dendrolagus, Tarsius, Folivora and Apterygiformes!! And I saw an axolotl on the Popocatepetl! And in June 2012 I proudly climbed Mt. Davidson! YEAH!

Teach, Learn, Share

Sit tibi terra levis

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

France, Netherlands, United States

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