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Overview

  • 24 references 7 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Dutch, English; learning French, German
  • 41, Female
  • Member since 2004
  • project manager innovation and development
  • studied Industrial Design Engineering
  • From Alphen a/d Rijn (Yawn)
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Be the spark!

ABOUT ME

I like the color purple (not the movie, the actual color), I find myself always attracted by it... I don't drink coffee, except the occasional espresso and I very much dislike cheese. yes I am really dutch! Typically dutch I should say: blond hair, blue eyes and pretty straight forward, or honest or clear, or whatever you'd like to call it :)

I studied Industrial Design Engineering a fancy description for product design. I started working with a large electronical company of which I won't mention the name here in the 'strategic futures' department, so I know what the future will be like ;)
[answer: the same as today only more of it...]

Because of all the office politics I got really fed up with it and found a new job. I traveled a lot for business in Europe the past 2 years, which was a new way of exploring cities. I moved on to more local (more meaningful) work now...

To balance out work I started sewing classes, because I can never find what I'm looking for :)
And I teach dutch once a week to a turkish woman, which is a great way to see your own culture through the eyes of someone else... not always something to be proud of...

I started collecting Little prince books (you know: le petit prince who travels through the universe to earth) in different languages, bring me one and you'll be my long life friend (of course I'll pay for it!)

PHILOSOPHY

do something that scares you... every day!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I joined the Alaska collective for just a week a few years ago which was a great experience.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Couchsurfing is actually something I've been doing all my life, but just didn't know that it had a name! I've stayed with friends in Canada a few times in the past 10 years, but started in moscow and St Petersburg at age 14 - we played softball there.
In return my parents, and later on me and my housemates, hosted canadians, americans, french and russians and well.

Unfortunately, Breda is not the most popular place in Holland so not many cs-ers are passing by...

As a host I like to BE a host to people: have personal contact, eat together, talk and have fun together. Even though I'm busy with work, I'll do my best to make time to get to know each other.

Interests

lots of things... traveling (of course), photography, music.. shopping (hehe)...

Since we visited Thailand for the first time in 2008 we eat thai food at least once a week.... I have been back last year and I really want to go again!

I enjoy going to 30s-40s-50s parties, all dressed up and with matching music :)

  • culture
  • books
  • design
  • photography
  • coloring
  • dining
  • cheese
  • coffee
  • partying
  • drinking
  • shopping
  • politics
  • traveling
  • music
  • softball
  • business
  • engineering
  • languages

Music, Movies, and Books

anything from french literature to the cosmopolitan. Music from folk to rock and lounge...

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

waking up in a tent in Alaska by the sound of a little river, underneath 3 blankets, feeling so refreshed and alive!

Teach, Learn, Share

the future, designing stuff, being creative :)

Countries I’ve Visited

Aruba, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands Antilles, Poland, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, Netherlands

Old School Badges

  • Vouches
    4 Vouches
  • Pioneer
    Pioneer Badge
  • Alaska
    Alaska Collective

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