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  • Fluent in Dutch, English, French, German; learning Arabic
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2013
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About Me


I'm a 27 year old Belgian historian who likes to travel around and gain experience. In 2013 I volunteered in a social development project in Dakar, Senegal, for 10 months. Since then, I love broadening my horizons and travel whenever I can.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I traveled one month in the north and the centre of Iran where I was often hosted by the most hospitable and caring couchsurfers. They didn't only offered me a place to sleep, they were also my local guides helping me in every situation and eventually they became good friends. I was traveling alone that month, but I never felt lonely for one moment.


I'm fond of the history and culture of the Middle East and North Africa and I'm trying to get to know these regions better by travelling.

  • arts
  • books
  • literature
  • theater
  • architecture
  • design
  • documentaries
  • dancing
  • beer
  • reading
  • music
  • hiking
  • sports
  • history
  • mountains
  • travelling
  • film
  • biking
  • vegetarian cooking

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: jazz, ambient, techno, electro, indie rock, indie folk, psychedelic rock, heavy metal, rap etc. Basically everything that orginates from the 60's, 70's and 80's such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, CCR, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Joy Division... Quite recently, I'm listening to West-African artists like Orchestra Baobab, Ali Farka Touré, Fatoumata Diawara, Oumou Sangare, Amadou and Mariam, Rokia Traoré, Tinariwen, Tamikrest and many others.
Literature: Magical realism ! (Marquez, Allende, Borges, Condé...)
Film: Coen brothers, Pedro Almodovar, Woody Allen, Asghar Farhadi, Alex Garland, Alfred Hitchcock, Lars Von Trier, ...

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I once went to Bolivia and saw the Salar, a gigantic salt lake in the middle of the mountains. To watch sunset over there was magnificent!

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Bahrain, Bolivia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Netherlands, Oman, Romania, Senegal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Austria, Belgium, Morocco, Senegal

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