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Ian Dupont

Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

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Overview

  • 23 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in Dutch, English; learning French, German
  • 29, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • VNU
  • Post Graduate
  • From Waregem
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

experiencing as much as humanly possible

ABOUT ME

I always want to be experiencing something. Sitting around doing nothing, makes me feel guilty (however that doesn't mean I don't enjoy a day of doing f@#% all). I have done many travels, enjoy living abroad and hope to be in Africa for the foreseeable future.

Further I like to discuss with other people, on all topics (although I have put a moratorium on discussing religion due to some bad experiences and me being a die hard atheist). But in general I'm always up for a good conversation. Show me alternative views, convince me that I'm wrong, etc. . That being said, I'm not going to make it easy for you :).

Also I am willfully naive. I always want to see the good in people. I'd rather be disappointed in someone than to always question peoples motives. As a consequence, I don't trust people that don't trust other people. That being said I'm not stupid, I'll give everyone a chance, but ... you know.

Humor is the best way for me of dealing with most situations. Whats the point in feeling sorry for yourself for getting ripped off or having a accident. So despite the naivete I can be pretty sarcastic, but it's not out of a cynical point of view, but more of a humor thing.

What else???? oh yeah I'm pretty direct. So I view it as a form of honesty.

Oh some practical stuff: I don't smoke (cigarettes) and I enjoy both a good beer and wine (small and large quantities depending). I prefer a bar with some nice music to a loud disco. Dont mind a party of course, but don't really party every day of the week.

So this pretty comprehensive, but please don't judge me based on this self analyzes :) . Probably I left stuff out, I'm wrong about some things, or I have changed by the time you meet me:)

PHILOSOPHY

'You can't have everything' is a much heard statement. From that people often infer that you shouldn't want everything.

I disagree. It's not because you can't have everything that you shouldn't want everything.

Simple math corroborates my point: if you get 50% of what you want in life, then only wanting 50% from life will get you 25%. On the other hand, if I remain to want all in life, I will end up with 50%, which is 100% more than the alternative outcome!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

just spreading the word

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

A few years ago an American and Canadian on their Eurotrip stayed over at my place in Ghent. Together with a few friends, who were staying over (because there was a festival in the town) we showed them the Belgian (student) way of life. One of the best summers I've had till now.

Last year I stayed over at the American's place in Washington. While he was working I went on the usual tourist route, and at night he showed me around DC nightlife. Great guy, still call him a friend.

Interests

I like...

Movies/Series: Who says there is something wrong with a little escapism from time to time.

Traveling: kinda obvious seeing as I'm on this site.

People around me: even though I don't mind being alone from time to time. Life is just so much better if you have people around to talk to, have fun, or just share the moment.

Music, Movies & Books

movies: Kiss kiss bang bang, memento, requiem for a dream, usual suspect, Reservoir dogs, dr.Strangelove, eternal sunshine, Snatch, ...

Music: Air, Air traffic, Radiohead, Sigur Ros, soulwax, dEUS, Booka Shade, Andrew Bird, Kings of Leon, devotchka, ...

Books: Iain M Banks and his culture novels.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Backpacking through the Sognefjord with friends. Especially the 3 day kayak trip through the world heritage listed Naeroyfjord.
Biking down the worlds most dangerous road in La Paz
Horse riding through the Cocora valley in Colombia
Chillin' on the beach in Tayrona national park, coastal rain forest next to the most beautiful beaches ever seen.
trip through the magical Radjastan with my folks (totally different experience than backpacking.)
Braking down in the middle of the desert at Lake Natron.

Countries I've Visited

China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Morocco, Norway, Saint Lucia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Belgium, Burundi, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, United States

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