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Lieke, Peter and kids

Dendermonde, Flanders, Belgium

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Overview

  • 500 Positive References2 Neutral
  • Ambassador
  • Fluent in Dutch, English, French; learning German
  • 37, Other
  • Member since 2007
  • teacher/painter/warehouse airport Br...
  • yes, the children are well educated,...
  • From Brussels / Antwerp
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About Me

DENDERMONDE is situated 35 km from Brussels city center and 30 km from Ghent. Both are easy to reach by train. Trains are cheap and easy to travel with in Belgium. So in 40 minutes you are at our house (a 10 minutes walk from the railway station included).

TO BE HOSTED: - Send us a nice, personal request. - Tell us what meal (from your homecountry) you would like to prepare for us. We would love to serve you a meal too, so also let us know about your food restrictions. - Since communication is very important to us, you should be fluent in at least one of the languages we speak.

OUR CALANDER

15 Feb-15 July: Finn is renting one of the spare rooms - still have place, but less ;-)

19-21 May: Raman and family from India is surfing our couch

29 May - 1 June: Seaheen from South Korea is surfing our couch

2 June -17 July: Exams and holidays : we are surfing, so not hosting...

18-22 July: Sasa and family (6pp) from Netherlands are surfing our couches

https://www.couchsurfing.com/users/339841/profile/legacy

CURRENT MISSION

we don't teach our children about hospitality, but SHOW them!

ABOUT ME

LIEKE : pronounced Lee-kuh mother of 4 children between 6 and 18 years old. Interests : SINGING, reading, surfing on the web on my iMac or MacBook, be a host, playing boardgames,... I am lucky to have the most wonderful job on earth: being a teacher in primary school for 9-10 y.o. Or using someone elses words : I'm a little bit of everything, all rolled into one I'm a bitch I'm a lover I'm a child I'm a mother I'm a sinner I'm a saint I do not feel ashamed I'm your hell I'm your dream I'm nothing in between you know you wouldn't want it any other way So take me as I am

PETER : Father of 5 children (4 same as Lieke, but 1 more son living in the Netherlands). Grandfather of 2 beautiful granddaughters. Works at Brussels airport and in spare time : ART-painter and father! Likes working on our house, traveling with the kids, reading, art, politics, painting, museums, talk about art...

KIDS : Nina (1995) is in her last year of secondary school, human science. She learns French, English and Spanish. She likes reading, shopping with friends, movies and computer. She has her own profile: http://www.couchsurfing.org/people/ninagoossens/ Can we kindly ask you to also give her a reference if you've stayed at our place and met her. This way she builds up something in the CS community too :-) Arne (2001) loves computers, boardgames, maths and reading. He learns a little French and speaks English. Bavo (2003) is our sporty boy. He is on competition gymnastics and trains about 24 hours a week. Trampoline, pool and balls aren't safe for him. He understands quite some English and starts to speak it now. Enea (2006) speaks all languages with her eyes ;-) She is the treasure of her brothers, sister and parents. She loves watching movies on the iMac, reading, counting, chocolates, ice cream and having everything her way.

PHILOSOPHY

It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.

If everyone would love to make the world a better place... Or using MJ's words : heal the world, make it a better place, for you and for me and the entire human race.

We think children are the best investment of our future, so we do everything to make them happy, smart and social.

We are also interested in our environment, so we have our own solar panels and try to live an ecologic life. When you are here, please respect the fact that we do not use more energy or water than necessary.

We respect the fact that every culture has it's own typical issues. When you are a guest here, we expect you to clean up your own stuff, to help in the kitchen or in the household where you want and can. Clean up your own room, the bathroom after using,... We like talking and learning, so we expect you to take some time to chat with us. We want to get to know you, your country and your way of living.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

couchsurfing song : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb9HWPLJGJk liekes rhapsody : www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPdI1a07KoA

We offer hospitality. We can go to good shops nearby with you, for buying food and drinks. We love to have late evening talks with chocolates, beer, wine and jenever. If the weather is fine (always a big question in Belgium), we can do a bbq in our garden, while the children are playing in the pool, on the swing and slide or trampoline. You can do a laundry here, but we ask you to leave a little money in the box above the machine. It would be very nice if we could prepare a dish from your country together. Always great to learn.

We organize meetings (if possible crazy ones) and mostly a lot of the attendees crash somewhere (in a bed, on a couch or in the garden) afterwards. We try to attend meetings as much as possible with our big family. While traveling we love to organize a little meeting to connect with the local CS'ers.

We surf with the whole family or just the 2 of us. France, Belgium, Germany, Switserland, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Ireland, Netherlands, France, Czech republic, Poland, Luxemburg, Great Brittain and Spain for now and more will follow, we hope.

As an ambassador I help other ambassadors and members. Questions, problems, need information? We are glad to help you out or guide you if we can.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

We do house-swaps, and offer hospitality for couchsurfers. We love the idea, and love to meet new people and host them the best we can.If we are on a swap, it would be nice to meet other families, but we arrange our own place to stay. It`s not easy to find a place for 6, so if you have space in your house and hearts for us, just let us know. Sometimes Peter and Lieke love to surf without the kids for a weekend of rest and silence...

Hosted : 2007

1cs Imran Jamali 2-3cs Hinarangi & Jeremy 4-8cs Video Jester 9-10cs Imat and her son 11-13cs Sakuntala Chanda, husband and son 14cs Miriam Parker 15cs Sarah Zacharek 16cs Jemma Lee 17cs Simon Hansen 18cs Karolina Hansen 19cs Andy Wang 20cs Guillaume Cloutier 21-22cs Mal and Lee

2008

23cs Martin Junkermann 24-29cs Erik van Loon , Stijn Vernaillen , Bruno Landgoed , Jonathan Lehrer , Ed , Judith Van Acker 30-34cs venice 35-36cs Jan Vanhuyse & Dries Claerhout 37-41cs Ally, Meije, Nicholas, Eric & Andrew 42-44cs Sarah Richson and 2 daughters 45cs Veronique Vanonckelen 46-47cs Aleksandra Seliverstova & Abel Polese 48-49cs François Gerspach and his son 50-59cs Stijn Vernaillen , Martine + Merijn , Tina De Lobel, Liesbeth, Bruno Landgoed, Bernard vander Beken, Jonathan Lehrer, Lai Ting Chan, Mieke de Regt 65cs Stijn Vernaillen, Martine , Veronique Vanonckelen, Nadia Arai, Douglas Delue 66-68cs Eleri Jones + 2 friends 69-71cs Audrey Feitosa + 2 friends 72cs Yin Long Lim 73-75cs Julie Sharon, Dani and Leille 76cs Harumi Dambara 77-78cs Daphne Delorme+Vanessa Pethier 79cs Gary House 80-81cs Jess and Fiona 82-86cs Bob, Laurence, Martine+Merijn , Stijn 87cs Steve Roy 88-90cs Mara Jansone+husband and child 91cs Gary House 92cs Otto Kool 93-98cs Kathy and Wim + kids home 99-100cs Roberts Vaitkus+wife 101cs Amit Weissenstern 102-107cs Stijn Vernaillen, Diana, Owen Nilens, Yves Marcipont, KC Low, Dominique 108-128cs Erik van Loon , Stijn Vernaillen , Adam Lowie, Alex Garnett, Bob Lenaerts, Bruno Landgoed, Karen Leemans , Diana , Doron Gilad, Ine DC, Isabelle Souza, Katriene, Stef Kuypers, Lai Ting Chan, Martine, Réka Livits, Stefan Broeckx, Veronique Vanonckelen, Vincent Ange, Petra Van Camp, Maarten Reul: 129-130cs Mario Orlando Rodriguez Monforte + friend 131-135cs Aga and Jarek with kids 136cs Shahar Cohen 137-139cs Leslie, Seth and Rain 140cs Taylor Dean Wilson 141cs Dan Cantinelli 142cs Melodie Ballard 143cs Philip Rochecouste 144cs Jared Wheatley 145-146cs Madeleine Brooks + friend 147-161cs An Geudens, Andrew Prior, Bart Dammekens, Bob Lenaerts, Chrisstein, Stijn & Diana , Francesco Padovan, Jack Wilde, Kris Leysen, Martine and Merijn, Petra , Ulla Kemi, Sam Goutsmit 162cs Max 163-164cs Steffen Sondermann , Ronald Salazar 165cs Véronique Vanonckelen 166cs Misha Golynskiy 167cs Lauren Wise

2009

168-170cs Shaly Borgen , Vincent Santvoord & Benjamin Lifshitz 171-172cs Corrin and baby Yasmine 173-174cs Corrin and baby Yasmine 175cs : James Apps 176-177cs Otto and his grilfriend 178-181cs Benjamin, Angele , Jessica and Julian 182cs Andres Zopiain 183cs Anna and family 189cs Melissa Walker 190-191cs Marta Mulas 191cs Eva 192cs Ute 193cs Amy 194-195cs Daniel & Faby 196cs Angele Koh + friend 197-222cs Tommy, Véronique, Alwin, Jasper, Marieke, GAURANG, James, Andrew, Yuga, Geoff, Hadewijch+Koen, Petra, Martine & Merijn, Marie-Line, Diana&Stijn, Sam, Chris, Lina, Tina+friend, Bernard, Wim, 223cs Simon 224-225cs Christine and Arne 225-226cs Martine and Sam 227-229cs Igor & kids 230cs Addisson 231cs Xiaoman 232-233cs Walter and Vittorio 234-250 Christophe, Bart, Steven, Alwin, Johan, Sven, Stijn, Diana, Pierre, Martine en Merijn, Veronique, Yamina, Bernard, Bruno, Sophia, Sam a 251-253 Tanya, Fred and Yelena 254 Sai 255-256 Kelly and Caitlyn 257 Carissa 258-262 Sarah, Jonne, Bert, Sophie, Inge 263-264 Maria and Martin 265 Robby 266-267 Winfried and Mirte 268-271 Lucie, Guillaume, Ange et Louise 272-273 Vesna and Lilly 274 David 275-277 Arnoud, Jaap and Remco 278-279 Lucie, Guillaume, Ange et Louise 280 Ryan 281 Kara 282-283 Matt, Greta and 2 dogs 284-286 Dawn and her 2 children 287-288 Divid and Peter 289 Jun Li 290-291 Chiao-wei and friend 292 Eva 293 Cassandra 2-14 November 294 Jordan 2-4 November 295 Brecht 18-19 November 296-298 Qi'en and friends 28-29 November

2010

299-305 Martine, Sam, Katrien, Andrew, Hadewijch, Pieter, Bernard 16-17 January 306-307 Adela and her mother 15-17 February 308 Alexandr 4-6 March 309 Montse 11-16 March 310 Michel 19-22 March 311-313 Umer and parents 22-23 March 314-316 Artur, Ania and Mateusz 10-13 April 317 Rita 15-16 April 318-319 Tiffany and Billy 16-18 April 320-340 Martine, Sam, Luca, Maikel, Elisabeth, Jasper, Liza, Stephanie, Jawn, Bob, Agata, Hadewijch, Anick-Marie, Thorsten, Wendy, and some guests without profile 15-16 May Sing Along 8 341-342 Maurice and Elena 29-30 May 343-347 Lauren, Bobby, Ashton, Will and Lincoln 1-5 June 348-349 Usman and Hamza 10-12 June 350 Erin 14-16 June 351 Imran 17-21 June 352 Dimitri 18-19 June 353 Sven 18-19 June 354 Mehdi 18-19 June 355 Jé 22-24 June 356-361 Pal, Andrea, Ete, Györk, Kende, Ada 3-5 July 362 Winfried 29-30 July 363-365 Igor and his daughters 5-8 Augustcs 366-368 Carolina, Nando and André 11-14 August 369 Maalini 13-16 August 370 Florence 13-16 August 371 Iqbal 13-16 August 372 Christian 16-18 August 373 Alexis 19-22 August 374-376 Szymon, Marta and Sebastian 19-21 August 377 Violaine 21-31 August 378 Régis 29-31 August 379 Marian 6-8 September 380-381 Andréa and William 7-10 September 382 Michel 8-10 September 383-384 Alena and Andres 24-27 September 385-386 Andy and Marisa 3-7 October 387-391 Rebecca, Markus, Madeliene, Grace and Harriet 12-14 October 392-393 Leslie and Nathan17-21 October 394-398 Nad, John and kids 24-26 October 399 Charlotte 24-25 October 400-402 Vinny, Anket 27-29 October 402-416 Gift, Tommy, Hatim, Maikel, Linda, Elin, Annemarie, Sam, Konstantin and daughter, Larissa and friend, Regina, Ahmet, Faruk 30-31 October Sing A Long 9 417-420 Linda, Thibault, Victoire, Lucie 31-2 Novembre 421-424 Kristin, Sander, Jolan and Aaron 2-4 November 425-428 Jamie, Thomas, Cameron & Brayden 26-27 November 429 Junghee 28-30 November 430-431 Ekatarina and bf 5-7 December 432-433 Dalia and friend 22-23 December 434-435 Viviana & Fernanda 27-30 December 436-438 Igor and 2 daughters 30 December - 1 January

2011

439-441 family D'Amour 3-6 January 442 Barbara 13-15 January 443-445 Nikolay and family 19-25 January 446 Jayesh 3-6 February 447-448 Anna and Demara 26 Feb-2 March 449 David 9-10 March 450 Kelvin 1-4 April 451 Joshua 4-12 April 452 Elinore 12-15 April 453-455 India, Dean and Heather 21-25 April 456-474 Bernard, Annemarie, Stephanie, Pieter, Gorka, Bart, Mieke, Hatim, Aagje, Ulla,... SING ALONG 10 22-23 April 475-476 Kelsey and Stephen 23-26 April 477-479 Menna, Jem and Lilli 23-25 April 480-481 Sean and Miranda 20-23 May 482 Tommie 23-25 May 483-484 Russell and Katherine 1-3 June 485-489 Martine, Frank, Merijn, Lore en Lucas 2-3 June 490-491 Igor en Mei Lan 12-13 June 492-497 Bea, Tamas, Janka, Zsofi, Lili, Gabi 13-15 June 498-499 Tsvetan and Krasimira 17-19 June 500-501 Lisa and Chris 20-21 June 502-505 Cecilia and 3 sons 21-23 June 506 Gabriela 21-23 June 507 Danielle 27-28 June 508-511 Carole and family 27-31 July 512-513 Linsey and Michelle 27-29 July 514-516 Rafal and daughter 1-2 August 517-518 Tami and Sammy 1-5 August 519-520 Jean-Sébastien et Mélanie 2-6 August 521-522 Tatiana and daughter 4-7 August 523 Dan 5-7 August 524-525 Alyne and Daniel 5-7 August 526-529 Igor, Mei-Lan, Sarah en Lisa 9-13 August 530-533 Eloïse, Stéphane and kids 14-16 August 534-535 Joshua and Carolyn 15-17 August 536-538 Sonia and kids 18-24 August 539 Daniel 28-29 August 540-541 Moustafa and An 10-11 September 542-543 Jessie and Dan 11-12 September 544-545 Keri and Chris 24-28 September 546-547 Simon and Matti 29 September - 10 October 548 Karolina 29 September - 31 October 549 Joanne 12-18 October 550-552 Monique and kids 21-23 October 553-554 Ding Ding and Ka Wai 17-19 October 555 Tanya, Fred and Yéléna 29-31 October 556-560 Luca, Stephanie, Steven, Stijn, Diana 18-19 November Sing Along 11cs 561 Jack 26-28 November 562 Pau 4-8 December 563 Ula7-9 December 564 Vincent 29-31 December

2012

565-566 Sharon and JR 2-7 January 567-572 Raziya, Aliya, Elmira, Assemay and Tamer, Erkin 16-18 January 573 Femmy 26-27 January 574-578Kristianne and children 27-29 January 579 Joost and Jelena 3-6 February 580 Matthew 6-10 February 581 Claire 26-29 February 582-586 Yoanna, Daniel and friends 2-5 March c 587 Timm 2-5 March 588 Megan 25-27 March 589-590 Mario and Fede 2-4 April 591-592 Alison and Willian 2-4 April 593-594 Nadja and Claudia 4-6 April 595 Callum 13-20 April 596-599 Doria, Molly, Yuwan, Scarlett 13-15 April 600-601Milos and Tamara 13-15 April 602 Paul 22-24 April 603 Selena 23-25 April 604-605 Kole and Asi 30 April-3 May 606 Gregory 30 April-2 May 607 Nora 30 April-1 May 608 Sieglinde 30 April-1 May 609 Mark 30 April-1 May 610 Bert 30 April-1 May 611 Bart 30 April-1 May 612 Julius 30 April-2 May 613-614 Ari and his wife 1-2 May 615-616 Diana and Stijn 30 April - 2 May 617-620 Larry and Elze and children - 18 - 21 May 621 Cara 12-21 June 622 Sean 15-18 June 623 Giedrius 21-22 June 624-631 Andy and Maureen Max, Yvette, Leo, Will and Patrick - 18-25 July 632-636 Matjaz, Dolores and kids 23-26 July 637-640 Monika and family 1-4 Augsut 641-645 Herthilde and family 8-10 August 646 Yucel 16-19 August 647-648 Gerald and Jonas 19-21 August 649-651 Agnieszka and family 20-23 August 651 Szymon 7-11 September 652 Winfried 12-13 September 653-654 Davide and Anna 1-28 October 655 Kirtsy Snyder 19-21 October 656 Gitta 21-22 October 657-659 Elham, Sammy and sister 28-31 October 660 Tobias 9-10 November 661-663 Karla, Enith and Erika 8-9 December 664 Yi Siang 13-17 December 665-666 Juliana and Thierry 17-20 December 667 Kason 17-20 December 668-669 Tugçe and Tugçe 23-25 December 670 Aaron 24-25 December

2013

671-673 JR , Albert and friend from US California 4-6 January 674 Lilian from China Zhejiang 6-8 January 675-685 SING ALONG 12: Stijn, Martine, Merijn, Hadewijch, Larry, Niki, Fee, Glauco, Camille, Jan, Marike 686-687 Scotty and Sam from US Florida 15-18 January 688 Keanli from Malaysia 5-8 February 689-693 Shukai, Xinjie, Jackie, Sida and Vera from China Shanghai 11-13 February 694-699 Matias and friends from Spain Sevilla 13-15 February 700-701 Tamara and Gregor 23-24 February 702-704 Famille Entzmann 25-26 February 705 Wyn 25-26 February 706-710 Miso and friends 26-28 February 711 Katie 3-4 March 712 Sharona 3-22 March 713 Brian 16-17 March 714-715 Michelle and friend 23-25 March 716-718 Melika and Seda 27-28 March 719-724 Sameep and friends 30-31 March 725-726 Stijn and Diana 5-6 April 727-728 Jamie and friend from the US 9-13 April 729-735 Marc and family from France 22-23 April 736 Wilawan from Thailand 25-29 April 737-738 Justyna, Karolina and Agnieszka from Poland 29-30 April 739-740 Sonja from Germany 8-12 May 741-748 Arek and rugbyfriends from Poland 17-19 May 749-750 Karla and husband from Arizona 2-4 June 751 Maarten from the Netherlands 20 May-5 July 752-755 family Entzman + Wynn from France 1-3 July 756-758 Sam, Scott and Jackson from the US and Australia 26-27 July 759-761 Milena, Nacho and Santino from Argentina 28 July - 1 August 762-764 Igor, Sarah and Lisa from the Netherlands 2-8 August 765-770 Kimanel family from Spain, Valencia 7-16 August 771-773 Saphir, Ivo and Jade from Portugal 19-21 August 774-775 Carmelo and Eva from Spain, Barcelona 25 August - 14 September 776-779 Erwans family from France 20-25 October 780 Winfried from Norway 24-28 October 781-786 Monique and family from the Netherlands/France 31 October - 2 November 787-788 Christine and Lalo from Germany/Mexico 10-11 November 789 Felix from Germany 10-12 November 790 Aya from London 22-26 November 791-792 Angel and Tuhin from Norway 26-29 November

2014

793-794 Manu and Katharina from Paris 2-3 January 795-796 Ryan and Jacqui from Australia 9-12 February 797 Ruei-Je from Taiwan 13-14 February 798-800 Bwalya and sons from Denmark 14-15 February 801-802 Nikita and Ronlee from Germany and Israel 19-23 Februari 803-805 Bwayla and sons from Denamrk 23-24 February 806-807 Constan and Eric from Taiwan 24-26 February 808-809 Istvan and Vanessa from Hungary 28 February - 2 March 810 Eric from US Washington 3-5 March 811 Lok Yee Tse from Hong Kong 8-15 March 812-816 Micha? and friends from Poland 13-17 March 817-819 Andres from Colombia, Hannah from China and Mabel from Singapore 29 March - 2 April 820-821 Alyssa and her mom from US Massachusetts 5-7 April 822 Stephany from New Zealand 7-10 April 823-824 Klaudia from Poland/Denmark and Griffin from US/Denmark 10-12 April 825 Thiago from Brazil 15-18 April 826 Hanhee from South-Korea 26-29 May 827 Shining from Taiwan 24-27 June 828 Karol from Poland 1-3 July 829-830 Ricardo and Javi from Madrid and Brasil 1-4 July 831 David from Australia 1-4 July 832 Pablo from Mexico 4-7 July 833 Ray-Nee from Singapore 4-7 July 834-839 Monique, Rembrand, Leandra, Micah, Quinn, Ilana from the Netherlands 5-6 July 840 Sirapon from Thailand 28-31 July 841-842 Tobias and Apple from Germany/Tibet 31 July-2 August 843 Jule from Germany 1-2 August 844 Sophie from Taiwan 4-6 August 845 Miguel from Spain 4-8 August 846 Catarina Isabel from Portugal 4-8 August 847 Maria from Madrid 4-8 August 848-849 Julien and Raphael from Switzerland 8-10 August 850 Hans from US 8-11 August 851-852 Jenny and Michael from Australia 9-15 August 853 Morteza from Iran 8-9 August 854 Masoud from Iran 8-15 August 855 Tobi from Germany August 856 Felix from France September 857 Michele from Italy September 858-859 Jonathan and Jaiden from London September 860-861 David and Mich from Germany / Mexico September 862 David from Canada September 863 Mike from Germany / Japan October 864-865 Arianna and Maria From Greece October 866 Fernando from Switzerland October 867 Pablo from Mexico October 868 Gibeom from South Korea October 869-870 Thomas et Mathilde from Paris November 871-872 Samer from Egypt and Jackie from US 873 Heather from Australia 874 Pavi from Vietnam 875 Katsura from Japan 876 Angela Kim from South Korea 877 Catarina from Italy 6-8 December 878-881 David, Linda, Frank and Bruno from Sweden 22-26 December 882-883 Amélie and Richard from France 28-30 December 884-887 Kasia, Rafal, Natalia and Zuzia from Poland 28 December - 1 January

2015

888-889 Oleh Blahiy and Ira from Ukraine 22-24 January 890 Dave Van Assche from US 5-9 February 891 Quesia from Brazil 17-20 February 892 Denis from Paris 17-20 February 893-894 Wojciech and Patrycja from Poland 20-23 February 895 Lilith from Austria 24-27 March 896 Brenda from Mexico 30 March - 1 April 897 Bob from Netherlands 1-2 April 898 Phung from Vietnam 1-2 April 899 - 900 John and Ryan from South-Korea/NY 8-9 April 901 Rachel from South Korea 11-14 April 902 Sabrina from New York 11-14 April 903-906 BW Sandra and family from Germany 19-21 April 907-908 Sezer and wife from Turkey 28-30 April 909-911 Görkem, Merve and Tuba from Turkey 1-2 May 912 Dain fromSouth Korea 5-6 May 913 Yeon-Woo from South Korea 6-10 May 914-915 Antonella and Martin from Brazil 11-13 May 916-918 Raman and family from India/USA 19-21 May 919 Seaheen from South Korea 29 May - 1 June 920 YOU???

Interests

music singing reading boardgames politics primary school education art children short trips with kids theme parcs zoo culture walks cycling tours for children fine food pancakes and chocolates beers wine ecology ...

Music, Movies & Books

Music : very open minded and interested in everything new The boys prefer dutch children songs Nina likes Avril Lavigne, Green day, Mika, Dido, Clouseau,... Lieke prefers Jeff Buckley, Simon and Garfunkel, Clouseau, French music, Sarah Bettens, Laïs, Dutch music, Mika, ... Peter likes Zita Swoon, Hooverfonic, Arno, Nirvana, Deus, classical music, hardcore (sometimes), variety is important

Movies : hmm, we are no movie addicts. Peter likes non-American movies (Chinese, Slovakian, Afghan,...) Lieke is more the romantic, drama, comedy and family movies-type. The children love watching all kind of children movies. In Belgium all movies for adults are in original version, but subtitled in Dutch and French. Children movies are Dutch dubbed. The dvd's are always in 4-5 languages (always French, Dutch and English, sometimes more).

Books : We have over 2000 books and would love to exchange a book if you want. 95% of our books are Dutch. We have over 1000 children-books. CS-Children always love to read those books, even when they don't understand a word of it. I would love to read books for your children in Dutch, French or English. We like to read novels, art-books, children books, ...

If possible, please bring a childrenbook in your own language and tell us what it is about, as we collect them.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I've invited 2 Polish girls in my house when I was 18 and still living at my parents house. They were looking for a place to sleep (youth hostel), but couldn't find anything at that time. So I said : "You can use our couch.' That's my first couch-surfing-experience...

Went to SriLanka with a friend when I was 16 and to Thailand with a friend when I was 17. Afterwards I traveled less, being a young mum, just started to work,.. Now we are settled, we enjoy swapping about 6-10 times a year. We love to visit all kind of things with our children.

Organizing a sing along meeting for the first time and having in our house 36 enthusiastic CS-"singers". It was so much fun, that we will organize this 2-4 times a year now. And always more and more people join...

Teach, Learn, Share

Yes, this is very important to us, as there are a lot of kids in the house. Don't teach them, but show and share.

Show how you live, show how you pray, show how you cook, show some games you know, show your language and culture.

Share some food and traditions, share a book, share your stories.

So will we...

What I Can Share With Hosts

Lieke loves to cook. She would love to prepare you meals from her country or what she learned from surfers we have hosted.

Of course we will help you in the house as much as we can.

A little gift from Belgium you'll hopefully appreciate: beer, chocolates...

We can go to a restaurant, a bar or to the shop: it's on us :-)

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia

Countries I've Lived In

Belgium

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