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  • 16 References 10 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Dutch, English, French; learning Portuguese, Spanish
  • 59, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • So far been working mainly in higher education, culture, ...
  • Literary & cultural studies
  • From Province until age 11, then Antwerp urban region
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About Me

After literary/cultural studies, so far worked mainly in higher education and the cultural field (and, with less satisfaction, in public administration). Presently doing volunteer work (at, the Antwerp Photography Museum).
I like open-minded people with whom to share critical & curious - but also respectful & compassionate! - attitudes/views regarding life & human society.
Key words: philosophical pessimism (with a dash of misanthropy - in the sense of, citing Wikipedia, "contempt for the prevailing characteristics of humanity"), atheism, anarchism (not to be confounded with right-wing - often extreme right - libertarianism). In the field of interpersonal relationships: shared passion, honesty, radical intimacy, complicity, libertinism, polyamory.
I hate physical violence (unless as a consensual symbolic performance), 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.

Life is an aberration. Beware of directions...

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

Joined CS in December 2007, after travelling 4 months (Argentina, Brasil) & moving to another apartment.
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.

You can also find me on BeWelcome.


Overseas backpacking & naturist camping, fiction & philosophy, theatre & film & photography, walking & cycling, giving & receiving massage. Good food, from whatever origin, without restrictions (favourite: Thai food, which I sometimes cook myself).

You can find my Fcbk page by searching for "Almas Vagabundas".

  • cats
  • books
  • performing arts
  • photography
  • dining
  • cooking
  • massage therapy
  • walking
  • movies
  • traveling
  • volunteer work
  • music
  • cycling
  • backpacking
  • camping
  • cultural studies
  • philosophy
  • naturism
  • anarchism
  • polyamory
  • passion

Music, Movies, and 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, Melancholia, Nymphomaniac, 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), Georges Bataille, 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 or Portuguese.
Love to share walks and talks. Even more so when common passions and world views involved (see "Interests" & "Favorites").

What I Can Share with Hosts

Love to share walks and talks. Even more so when common passions and world views involved (see "Interests" & "Favorites").

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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