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Frank J.

Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium

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Overview

  • 16 Positive References
  • Fluent in Dutch, English, French; learning Spanish
  • 57, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • So far been working mainly in higher...
  • Literary & cultural studies
  • From Province until age 11, then Antwerp urban region
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Life is an aberration. Beware of directions.

ABOUT ME

I am not extremely easy-going nor very talkative, unless I feel really relaxed - a state of mind that has most chance to occur when travelling. In a way I could say travelling is the only thing that makes life bearable to me (well, apart from, eh, sexual passion, although that can be - preferably not too destructively - exhausting) ;-) Visit my blogsite (mostly in Dutch): http://almasvagabundas.wordpress.com/ Visit me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/almas.vagabundas

PHILOSOPHY

While still a student and young researcher I was deeply impressed and influenced by the fascinating works of French writer Georges Bataille (amongst others). Over the past few years I have developed a certain kind of misanthropy - in the sense of, citing Wikipedia, "contempt for the prevailing characteristics of humanity", so nothing to be too afraid of ;-) I hate physical violence, but I do love social/political satire. I am strongly in favour of freedom of expression, and of euthanasia i.e. the right to die with dignity. I don't like dogmatic/mythomanic mono-believers of all sorts. The world cannot be saved, nor can we, so nothing should be taken too seriously. Life intrinsically stinks, and we would better not behave as if alchemistic illumination can turn shit into blinking gold, on a supposedly glorious path of personal destiny. An idea I stumbled upon recently (to be honest I must add that I have not yet found myself fully capable of living up to it): "Lembre-se: a vida não deve ser uma viagem para o túmulo, com a intenção de chegar lá são e salvo, com um corpo atraente e bem preservado. Melhor enfiar o pé na jaca - cerveja em uma mão, tira gosto na outra, muito sexo e um corpo completamente gasto, totalmente usado - gritando: VALEU!!!... QUE VIAGEM!!!... Se caminhar fosse saudável, o carteiro seria imortal. A baleia nada o dia inteiro, só come peixe, só bebe água, e é gorda! O coelho corre, pula e só vive 15 anos! A tartaruga não corre, não faz nada e vive 450 anos! ("Remember: life should not be a journey to the grave, with the intention to arrive there safe and sound, with an attractive and well preserved body. Better to live excessively - beer in one hand, appetizer in the other, plenty of sex, and a completely wasted & thoroughly used up body -, so that in the end we can shout: what a trip, it was well worth it! If walking were healthy, the postman would be immortal. Whales swim the entire day, eat only fish, drink only water, and look how fat they are! Rabbits run and jump, but their lives last only 15 years! Turtles don't run, they don't do anything at all, and they live up to 450 years!") Dr. Med. Paulo Ubiratan, Porto Alegre, Brasil (my translation)

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Joined CS in December 2007, after travelling 4 months (Argentina, Brasil) & moving to another apartment. Really appreciate the atmosphere at CS meetings, the views of life that glimmer through interesting talks...

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

For many, many years I have been regularly hosting friends (from California, Italy, Switzerland,...) met on previous travels. Had my first five CS experiences as both a guest and a host in June, July, and August 2009, and it was all perfect.

Interests

Overseas backpacking & naturist camping, fiction & philosophy, film & photography, walking, giving/getting massage (took courses, passed my exams and got a certificate in May 2009). Good food, from whatever origin, without restrictions (favourite: Thai food, which I sometimes cook myself). In the past I have been volunteering for an Antwerp based organisation (Tutti Fratelli) which sets up theatre performances and other social-artistic projects with people affected by poverty. Since April 2014 I am doing volunteer work at the Photography Museum Antwerp, as a researcher for the department of collection management.

Music, Movies & Books

This is just random name dropping (my memory is getting shorter, and another day would partly generate another list). Movies: Mamma Roma, Berlin Alexanderplatz, Simple Men, High Tide, Der Stand der Dinge, Sweetie, Holy Smoke, Ecrivain d'O, Festen, Hundstage, Gegen die Wand, The Cement Garden, Lila dit ça, Apartment Zero, The English Patient, Io non ho paura, Central do Brasil, Diario de Motocicleta, Mar Adentro, Hable con ella, Los amantes del círculo polar, Lucía y el sexo, 21 grams, Dirty Pretty Things, Dogville, La pianiste, ... Music: J.S. Bach, G.B. Pergolesi, G.F. Handel, H. Purcell, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Chris Joris, Orlando Cachaíto López, Cuarteto Cedrón, Caetano Veloso, Marisa Monte, J.L. Guerra, Tomatito, Radio Tarifa, Khaled, Youssou N'Dour, Bonga, Cesaria Evora, Oumou Sangare, Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, Lou Reed, UB40, Sven Van Hees, traditional (and sometimes popular) Asian music, ... Books: Jane Austen, Alice Walker, Jeanette Winterson, Anne Rice (before she went bla bla), Gustave Flaubert (L'Education Sentimentale), R.M. Rilke, Thomas Mann (Der Zauberberg), Frederic Prokosch (The Asiatics), J.D. Salinger, V. Nabokov, L.P. Boon, Antonin Artaud, Patrick Chamoiseau, Michel Houellebecq, Françoise Rey, Hanif Kureishi, Adam Zameenzad, Gabriel García Márquez, Marcel Proust, D.A.F. de Sade, François Rabelais, J.M. Coetzee, Arnon Grunberg, Julio Cortázar, José Donoso, João Ubaldo Ribeiro, José Saramago (A Caverna), Ben Okri, John Berger, Ian McEwan, Robert Olen Butler (They Whisper), Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, Walter Benjamin, Klaus Theweleit, ...

One Amazing Thing I've Done

A four-months-round-the-world trip in 1997-1998. A four-hours-magic-mushroom-experience in Palenque, Mexico, 1982. (nine years later, walking on a hill into the coastal town of Elmina, Ghana, I saw in the depths below the bustling trade of the fisherman's harbour, and the effect was so overwhelmingly powerful that I spontaneously hallucinated for just a few seconds).

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach: French, English. Learn: (more) Spanish, (Brazilian) Portuguese, yoga. Share: massage, travelling.

What I Can Share With Hosts

Have you read until here? Well, there you are!

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cook Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Fiji, France, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Guadeloupe, Italy, Martinique, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Réunion, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Belgium, France, Spain

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