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Overview

  • 27 References 19 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Dutch, English; learning Afrikaans, French, German, Spanish
  • 32, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Student
  • I studied international relations and political history, ...
  • From Amsterdam
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To love

ABOUT ME

I love to live, and I live to love. I am positive and enthusiastic, like to try new things, see new places and meet new people. I absolutely love food. FOOD IS FOR SHARING! I think it is one of the most amazing things, the fact that we have a planet where things grow that feed us. Because I am gluten and lactose intolerant, I have a creative and healthy diet. I love trying new organic foods and learning how to grow new vegetables or use new grains. I have some fantastic recipes to share, the last one I made was dark chocolate almond ginger chili brownie, yum!

I love the sun and the beach, and swimming, snorkling, playing and sunbathing. I also like a good adventure, the rain, the snow, finding myself somewhere where I never expected to be. Nightskies, walks, music, friendship, connection. I love nature but am very much into all forms of art as well.

I want to make a change in the world and am an idealist. I love art, dancing, I draw and write stories and I love to play and listen to music. I play the harp and sing, and attempting to do some piano and guitar. I also write some music every once in a while. Besides that I enjoy theater very much; thats why I will be up and around stage for the rest of my life!

PHILOSOPHY

Live, laugh, love

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Try to share all I know and learn from the people I meet. I have been surfing all over the world and met the most amazing people from all over the planet. It is wonderful how hospitable many people are and I really enjoy getting to know the places I go to through a locals point of view. I also like to learn new things about food, music, art, literature, movies, tea, anything that I don't know yet, and couchsurfing has brought me many new things! I do believe that couchsurfing is about making connections and do not host people that are not open to connect but just look for a cheap place to stay.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Very positive, my first experience was in a little Canadian town called Haliburton where I was hosted by a very nice couple. After that I stayed in various places all over the world and have connected with many great people.

Interests

I love cooking, arts, music, solutions, nature, hiking, swimming, surfing, stories, more music, people, more cooking, yoga, juggling, writing, singing, dancing, laughing, chocolate.

  • arts
  • culture
  • writing
  • literature
  • singing
  • theater
  • dancing
  • dining
  • cooking
  • recipes
  • chocolate
  • organic food
  • yoga
  • dieting
  • movies
  • juggling
  • drawing
  • music
  • guitar
  • piano
  • hiking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • languages
  • beaches

Music, Movies, and Books

Just a few:

Amelie, Little miss sunshine, The man who came to dinner, Cloaca, La vita e bella, The one and only, De laatste dagen van Emma Blank

Kate Nash, Regina Spektor, The Cat Empire, Xavier Rudd, Sleepy Jacksons, The Killers, Philip Glass, Joni Mitchell

To many books to list. I am reading 'The Ascent of Humanity' right now and its one of the most interesting books I have ever read.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I got attacked by bears during a puddingfight!

Teach, Learn, Share

I want to learn every thing possible, and I can teach music, languages and all kinds of things about my culture and other cultures.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Netherlands, United States

Old School Badges

  • Vouches
    5 Vouches
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