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Our current mission is, basically, to make it from Amsterdam to Egypt, via Morrocco, the Meditteranean coastline and the Balkan countries. We plan to do this not as tourists, but as true travellers.
We are a pair of mates who have known each other and been best mates since we were five years old. We have travelled together twice before to Germany and Papua New Guinea. As of the 18th of April 2010 we embark on our biggest adventure yet, briefly outlined in the 'current mission' field. We've planned this trip for many years and pretty much want to do the backstreets, on as little money as possible, avoiding the tourist haunts as much as possible. And we want to have a freaking good time doing it! :). Quinten is a child of an Australian mother and Dutch father, who was born in the United States and has lived in Australia since he was five. Karl is an Australian from way back who lives on the east coast of Australia.
Quinten: Basically, I believe people should be allowed to do what they want so long as it doesn't harm others. Politically, you could call me a left-winger or a liberal. Big believer in social justice and equality. Aside from that, I see life as a series of experiences, so I'm keen to just pack in as many as possible.
Karl: Of recent time a dear friend past away, he left this poem: Every yesterday is already a dream, and each tommorrow is only a vision but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of bliss and each tommorrow a picture of anticipation, so don't fail to live now to your finest. I now live in the moment.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
As of yet we have been unable to host couch surfers, but we both intend to host once we move out together in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia upon our return from Europe in late 2010/early 2011.
Nothing as of yet, but this is a big field and we're hopeful it'll be full pretty soon.
Quinten: Surfing, football, politics and history, writing, (good) music, new/different experiences and (on occasion) drinking.
Karl: Surfing, the beach, Snow skiing, football, architecture, travelling, the odd drink, the outdoors, adrenaline, music and art.
- outdoor activities
- track and field
Music, Movies, and Books
Quinten: Movies: Too many to count. Books: Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins. Music: Anything ranging from progressive(ish) rock (Marillion, Genesis), to Indie (Pinback), to hip hop (Jurassic 5, Lupe Fiasco) to punk rock (NOFX, Pennywise) and a whole heap of other gear.
Karl: Movies: Into the Wild and most medieval movies. Books: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer 1984 by George Orwell. Music: Indie Rock (Phoenix, The Kooks...)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Quinten: Completing the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, and seeing my almost 50 year old Father finish it with me with just as much weight on his back.
Karl: The first time I stood up on a wave (surfing)
Teach, Learn, Share
- For a free night's accomodation, sleep in an airport.
- Don't spend your time looking for people from the same place as you. Broaden your horizons, to coin a phrase.
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