I randomly write to Ramon Stoppelenburg, from the Netherlands to ask him to send me a Viral video… We get to chatting and apparently he’s the GODFATHER of couchsurfing. Cs was just in its infancy stages - a twinkle in CS founder, Casey Fenton’s eye - and he decides to create a website called “letmestayforaday.com” and ends up traveling for 2 years without spending a penny. The purpose was to show that humanity is generally generous and good… He lived to tell about it.
Now ten years later, he is living in a 4 bedroom in Cambodia and works 8 hours a week, returning the favor by hosting now. We talked about his take on love from a world citizen’s perspective… he is a character for sure.
We get to skyping and I ask him to be a subject in the film and/or my traveling mentor… I am honored to say he accepted.
Randomly Bill Bowles planned a trip to Cambodia with his family, so Ramon is going to host him, and Bill will do some pre-shooting :) Serendipitous!
I plan to end my Around the World Trip with him right before heading to Reno.