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Overview

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  • Fluent in Dutch, English, German; learning Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese, Spanish
  • 40, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Student, musician, poet, philosopher, illustrator, composer
  • Architecture, music (autodidactic)
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 90% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Combine cultural phenomena

ABOUT ME

I love....soccer, tea, a little wine with the water, stupid cartoons, and lots of music:
I play Rachmaninoff, Tchaikowski, Chopin among other composers, mostly piano concertos, i uesd to be cook, dishwasher....in music i like gypsy, jiddisch, balkan, punk, jazz, modern ..., ska, reggae, children's songs, south american rhythms, african rhythms, electronics when it's extremely minimal or very loud, drum n bass.
I like herbs and plants, and animals. I'm a bit of a pagan.
Listen more:
Pixies, NOFX, Weezer, Rancid, The Breeders, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, the Cramps, Psychobilly, Rockabilly, The Bad Plus, EST, Brad Mehldau, Avishai Cohen, Slint, Radiohead, Easy Star All-Stars and reggae in general, Queen, Shellac, Gershwin, Joplin, Wu-tang Clan, Roots Manuva, Sublime, DJ Krush, New Order, Incense, Motorpsycho, Mono, EF, Art Blakey & the Messengers, Horace Silver, Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Ween, Lambchop, MahalaRaiBanda, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Taraf de Haidouks, George Clinton & Parliament, Desmond Dekker, Green Day, Sabres of Paradise, Black Dog, Plastikman, Amsterdam Klezmer band, Amon Tobin, Portishead, the Clash, Oscar Peterson, Fela Kuti, "the ROUGH GUIDE TO EGYPT", Safarini, Desert Blues, Golden Brass Summit,
I don't give a @#$% as long as it was made with passion, or just a bit of a feeling.
I most of the time detest commercial crap.

PHILOSOPHY

The more languages a child learns the better.
We should become a more agriculture based society again. More green in city's, plants in buildings (fuck the architects), generally accepted high culture should be populized among ordinary people.
There should be more live music in the streets.
Children should be able to try all kinds of instruments when they are young.
More research on food. What do we need and what effect does it have on our body. Can we (all of us) do without meat? What should we eat without meat.
Restrictions on the medicine industry. Back toherbal remedies.
Technical develepment of cheap superior lightweight bikes.
Global standardization of some products, like cars, bikes, packaging of products (get rid of the energy inefficient plastics). Re-use paper bags.
Research should be done to the effect of happiness, what makes a person happy, i bet it's not owning a huge house, where one can feel alone all of the time.
Introduction of international words in english (so that would be kind of Esperanto yeah but than more English based) that have a better way of expressing certain objects or phenomena. To me water is a better word than aqua (mm also souds good really) but casa is a better word than house.
Aesthetics, ethics and humanism should get more attention as well as philosophy.
OK that's quite enough.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Ehm
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COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

None yet. My roommate and a friend have, though, and i live in a house that is like one big surfing couch, international students on my doorstep all of the time. Heck, I'd almost painted my room red, white and blue, to feel a little dutch some of my time.

Interests

Music, architecture, art, literature, poetry, history, geography, language, philosophy, anything really even economics, ethics aesthetics (and the schism existing with total freedom of speach, personal opinion, and personal taste)

  • animals
  • dogs
  • arts
  • culture
  • literature
  • poetry
  • architecture
  • ethics
  • dining
  • wine
  • electronics
  • cartoons
  • cars
  • music
  • live music
  • jazz
  • blues
  • surfing
  • sailing
  • soccer
  • agriculture
  • economics
  • geography
  • history
  • languages
  • medicine
  • tourism

Music, Movies, and Books

Books on plants and health. Calvin and Hobbes. Slauerhoff (Het Verboden Rijk is great.) The Bourne identity.
The condition of postmodernity. Shakespeare.
Books by Richard Sennet and Jonathan Raban.
I have to read more I know.
Ferris Bueller's day off
Amelie
Books by Tonke Dragt.

I mostly don't like movies everybody of my friends like: Into the Wild, Usual Suspects, The educators, because I know the ending when it started.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I was totally captured by Ceaucesku's fall in Roemenia, dutch soccer team winnen EC footbal in 1988.

One time I actually saw the ending of a rainbow a few meters in front of me.

Sailing is great!

Teach, Learn, Share

I have knowledge about music, herbs, ethics and aesthetics, social philosophy, ways to get to a better future without being sceptic.

Countries I’ve Visited

Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Netherlands

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