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seize the day, travel the world and getting to know nice people
I try to be an open, honest and spontanious person (whether I succeed is a different thing).
Adventure and humour are the things that make me survive in this crazy place called the world.
Everywhere I go, I can feel at home as long as there's nice people around.
I am allergic to arrogance and materialism.
I care a lot about poverty, so in my spare time I try and do things to help make this world a better place through volunteering.
I try to seize the day and enjoy life in the present. You never know what tomorrow brings or if there even is a tomorrow. Life's a gift, we have to get the best out of it!
When it comes to people, I think everyone deserves a chance.
And I try to experience at least one new thing each year.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Wherever I'll be, I'll contact people through this website to see if they're up for anything or in the best case, have me staying at their place. And vice versa, I'll try and be available to people who are lost in my city, need a friendly person to talk to, need a place to stay.
I hosted quite a few people meanwhile. More than I was hosted but that doesn't matter to me. Somehow I prefer staying in hostels still because I feel more free in what I do and with whom I do it. Also it allows me to change my mind last minute. Writing decent personal couch requests takes a long time and often the effort doesn't even pay off (about 50% doesn't even anwser!).
By chatting away with people at meetings or during traveling they sometimes invited me to their place. Or some people became sort of friends while staying in hostels and I went visitng them afterwards.
Lately I encountered some guests that take things for granted and actually took advantage of the system. People should not surf to have a cheap stay but really respect their host and realise what a commitment it is to let someone stay at your house. So the least a guest can do is show his/her appreciation by doing something nice and not being cheap.
Getting to know foreign/local people, backpacking/living in different parts of the world, languages, charity, animals and their wellbeing, partying, eating out for dinner, watching a good movie, being spontanious with friends, horsebackriding, snorkelling/diving,...
Music, Movies, and Books
I love movies and books who give me another point of view, who teach me something about issues I am or ain't familiar with.
Music: Moby, Keane, Faithless... pop/rock/hiphop kind of things.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Skydiving in New Zealand, stripclubbing in Buenos Aires, scuba diving Asia/Australia, full moon party Koh Pha Nang Thailand, magic mushrooms in Bali, dancing in a storm in the Australian outback, ...But the most amazing thing is my day to day work in which I try to really understand people's minds.
Teach, Learn, Share
We're all at the 'university of life'. I want to learn more about peoples reasons to do certain things, their way of living and thinking. About the struggles in their lives.
I am very happy to share the things life taught me so far (adoption, racism, living elsewhere).
What I Can Share with Hosts
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belize, Bolivia, Cambodia, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Senegal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden