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Marijke and Stijn

Aarschot, Flemish-Brabant, Belgium

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  • 69 Positive References
  • Ambassador
  • Fluent in Dutch, English; learning French
  • 29, Other
  • Member since 2007
  • Working - PhD student
  • Biomedical Science (Life science), K...
  • From Aarschot, Belgium (Stijn) and Tongerlo, Belgium (Marijke)
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About Me


Experience everything the world has to offer!!


As most of you know, it is kind of hard to write something about yourself but we will give it a try. :-D We both finished our PhD in Biomedical Science at the KULeuven and now Marijke works for a pharmeceutical company and Stijn is still deciding what he will do.... He wants to be a photographer. We met during our first year as BioMedical Science students. We became CS members in September 2008 and have had some great experiences with CS since then. So in February 2008 we decided to apply to become Ambassador of the lovely town of Leuven. And as you can tell we got it. We both love cooking and are always looking forward to learning new recipes. I love watching a great movie, listening to some great music and having a great conversation. All of the above with or without a great glass of cold beer/wine/ anything else. Most of the time I a¢m an active person does not matter if its morning or evening, but I have my lazy moments. Marijke is no a real morning person but she is the greatest girl I have ever met and since 06-07-2012 we are married! Sometime later we moved to Aarschot and shortly after added a gorgeous addition to our family, our amazing daughter Myra. We are quite the opposites but when we are together you could never tell.


Gimme a moment too think about this... . . . Still need some more time... . Not there yet... . . Okay I got it! If you stay with us we can tell you.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


We are looking forward to meet many great people, on our couch and over the world, and getting new friends. If we have the time we would love to show you around and have a good time talking, partying (weekends), relaxing or watching a movie. And if time is short handed, we have some great maps and a lot of information of Leuven. As city-ambassador you can always contact us if you have experienced problems or if you just want to ask us something.

How we use references, we are strong believers in the part of the reference guidelines which say that references should only be left for people you have surfed with or hosted, or have somehow otherwise had an experience which means you can say something truly relevant to what a surfing/hosting experience might be like. It is, of course, your choice whether you leave us a reference or not, we simply ask you not to do so unless we surfed with/hosted one another or you feel you can really say something that will honestly be relevant to us as a surfer/host.


Surfing experiences:

1. Anja Weiland - Berlin 02/2008 2. Collin Claverie - Berlin 02/2008 3. JULITA! - Berlin 02/2008 4. Jochem Meijer - Amsterdam, The Netherlands 05/2008 5. Ulrike Scholtes - Maastricht, The Netherlands 05/2009 6. Sarah Braekman - Gent, Belgium 06/2009 7. Annemarie, Rasha and Ryan - Damascus, Syria 06/2010 8. Beatrice Ben Smail - Aleppo, Syria 06/2010 9. Kirsten Anderson - Amman, Jordan 06/2010

Hosting experiences:

1. Meg Leung - Hong Kong 2. Karen U - Hong Kong 3. Péter Vajda - Brussels, Belgium / Budapest, Hungary 4. Lindsay K Prim and Justin Prim - Hammond,USA 5. Tom Blake - Uppsala, Sweden / Perth, Australia 6. Steven Loyens - Tienen, Belgium 7. Yeodi Son - Melbourne, Australia / Seoul, South-Korea 8. Fabio Ivatiuk & Athina - Brazil / Greece 9. MOCK--TURTLE (Brenda) - Oxford, England / Sydney, Australia 10. Arne Saeys - Istanbul, Turkey / Belgium 11. Jochem Meijer - Amsterdam, The Netherlands 12. Sylvaine Mion - Laneuvelotte, France 13. Andreas Adoe - Jakarta, Indonesia 14. Joss Wright - York, United Kingdom 15. Simon Fischer - Ravensburg, Germany 16. Sam and Shanna Fyles - San Fransisco, USA 17. Jean-Gabriel Young - Quebec, Canada 18. Roos Schouw - Amsterdam, Netherlands 19. Matt Gissel - Colchester, Vermont, USA 20. Luis Alejandro Alvelais - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico 21. Valérie Boutin - Quebec, Canada 22. Ariane Gauthier - Gatineau, Quebec, Canada 23. Erin Lavin - Indiana, United States 24. Lisa Anderson - Cambridge, United Kingdom 25. Karlotta Lorenz - Groningen, Netherlands/Berlind - Germany 26. Ailie McDowall - Brisbane, Australia 27. Niels Claes - Belgium/Denmark 28. Bernard Vander Beken - Bruges, Belgium 29. Ottilia Kasbergen - Amsterdam, Netherlands 30. Fabiana and Jonathan - Florence, Italy / Haifa, Israel 31. Lucia Dao - Finland/Vietnam 32. Rae - Denver, Colorado, USA 33. Tajana - Ljubljana, Slovenia 34. Renée - Naarden, The Netherlands 35. Lizzy and James -Manchester, England 36. Zuzana - Prague, Czech Republique 37. Sara - Aberdeen, Scotland 38. Maxime - Liege, Belgium 39. Armita - Tehran, Iran 40. Claire Jiang - Shanghai, China

Meeting experience:

Irish Pub, Leuven - 4/10/2007 Tower meeting, Leuven - 30/10/2007 (Late) New Year's Brunch, Ghent - 10/02/2008 Drum&Bass meeting, Leuven - 1/03/2008 Brainstorm for new meetings, Leuven - 23/03/2008 Stella Artois Brewery Meeting 29/03, Leuven - 29/03/2008 Wine tasting in Prague, Czech Republic 18/04 Belgium's Amb meeting - Saturday: The team all together, Gent - 17/05/2008 Beleuvenissen Special, Leuven - 04/07/2008 BBQ meeting, Leuven - 15/07/2008 Beleuvenissen, Leuven - 18/07/2008 Karaoke and preparty, Leuven - 23/07/2008 Beleuvenissen tropical, Leuven - 25/07/2008 Singstar, Leuven - 08/08/2008 Ultimate Ping Pong meeting, Leuven - 09/09/2008 New school year, next meeting - 01/10/2008 Couchsurfing Leuven BBQ Party - 21/10/2008 Fabio's Leaving Party - 27/10/2008 Pre-drink before beer tasting event - 06/02/2009 Beer Tasting Event - 07/02/2009 Monthly CS Leuven meeting - 17/04/2009 Monthly CS Leuven meeting - 14/05/2009 Monthly CS Leuven meeting - 21/08/2009 Monthly CS LEuven meeting - many more :-D 2009-2010 BeLeuvenissen Special - 16/07/2010 BeLEUVENissen Tropical - 23/07/2010 2011... 2012... Many more....

Looking forward to more hosting experience and more surfing experiences!


We love to travel but I think everybody on this site does :-D And some other interest are music, movies, life, sleeping, good wine, laughing and lots lots more...

Music, Movies & Books

Nowadays,when we have time, we are watching: Orange is the new Black.

I've seen more than 200 movies so It has become impossible to choose the best ones; One of the latest I have seen are the darjeeling limited, no country for old men, into the wild, clerks II, 300, The simpsons movie, The departed, Babel, Garden state, Fight Club, Pride and prejudice, Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind (great movie), ... And some books: Stijn: The last Legion, Interview with the vampire, Lestat, Queen of the damned, the celestine prophecy, The alchemist ... Sword of Truth series... Many more Marijke: A street in Marrakech, A thousand splendid suns (Khaled Hosseini) ... And we like almost every kind of music mostly nas, bob marley, Timbaland, foo fighters, lily allen, lounge music, ... Damn I feel old when reading this list... We like new music too. Previous was mostly written in 2008 :D

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Our last trip has been city trip to New York City! Therefore we went to Bali (honeymoon), before that Myanmar, which was really great. We both fell in love with Syria and its culture!! If there's something special you want us to see just let us know.

Teach, Learn, Share

I have many movies so if you are feeling tired you always can relax and watch one. And I am open for many things so you can always teach me something more. For those few who are interested I have some school books and maybe I can explain somethings about it (If I can remember).

Countries I've Visited

Cambodia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Jordan, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In


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