Patrick de Rijk

Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

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  • Fluent in Dutch, English, Spanish; learning Catalan, Valencian, French, German, Portuguese
  • 46, Male
  • Member since 2010
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  • A little bit of this and little bit of that, but mostly t...
  • From Haarlem, Holland
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About Me


Stay hungry and stay foolish!


Traveling is my big passion. I like to discover new places and meet new people, but at the same time I love to return to special places where I feel at home and look up old friends.

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Follow your heart!

"Life is the art of drawing without an eraser."
~ John W. Gardner ~

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I host people and show them around. Hope to surf again soon.


Last December 2010 I surfed my first couches in Natal, Brazil and Buenos Aires in Argentina. It was a wonderful experience! I like to see how other people from other countries live their lives and I made some great friends.

This weekend (17 July 2011) I hosted my first couch surfers and although my guests had bad luck with the weather, we had a great time.


Photo, film, Internet, graphic design, sports, movies, fine wining & dining, party, nature

Music, Movies, and Books

I am a big movie fan and it is difficult to make a selection, but these are in my top list:
Once upon a time in the West, The Godfather 1,2,3. Saturday Night Fever, Legends of the Fall, Pulp Fiction, Gladiator, Fargo, Shawshank Redemption, Cidade de Deus, Cidade dos homens, Das leben der anderen, The pursuit of happiness, Apocalypto, Knocked-up, The hangover, dinner for schmucks, Shrek and Toy Story 3D

I also like many types of music:
Soul, R&B, Hip Hop, jazz, lounge, electronic, or latin music (mainly Brazilian)

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Ufff kinda hard to make a selection, but here are a few highlights:

Walking up a mountain and suddenly stumble upon a cliff and see jungle everywhere down below (Venezuela)

Helicopter tour above Iguazu falls and New York city

Enjoying the hot springs in el Tabacón (Costa Rica) while watching lava come down the volcano.

Horseback riding in Mendoza (Argentina) with the snowy mountain in the background.

3 nights of partying during Carnatal (Natal, Brazil) Crazy :)

Teach, Learn, Share

Cultures and languages. The CS spirit!

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, French Guiana, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Monaco, Spain, Suriname, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City State, Venezuela

Countries I’ve Lived In

Netherlands, Spain

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