12 years experience as a political writer
Founder of 366 Days of Sharing - exploring the sharing economy first hand
Airbnb superhost. 300+ guests in my home, and counting...
Also known for renting out my toilet ;)
Thanks to Couchsurfing I met my partner, who is from Argentina. In 2017 we lived there. Here are some photos from my Argentinian experience.
I'm also passionate about surfing, travelling and eating good food
In 2016 I started the project 366 Days of Sharing where I lived one year in the sharing economy. More about that, and the blog, below.
I tried Airbnb for the first time in 2013 when I rented an apartment in Spain for a month, but I got really hooked in 2015 when I decided to rent out a room in my own apartment and also stayed a lot in people’s homes in France. The kindness and helpfulness I met was amazing! I felt it was a great way of meeting people and something I wanted to do more of.
So I decided to explore the sharing economy during one year. For 366 days I had more than 200 people sleeping in my home, arranged at home-restaurants, rent out my things - including my toilet, and more.
Some of the questions that I wanted to explore during this year was: What is the difference – if any – between the sharing economy and simply economy – or old school sharing? How can the sharing economy affect your private economy?
But most of all I was interested in the social aspects of the sharing economy. Is this a way technology can help bringing people together? To build trust between strangers? To make people less lonely? How does the sharing economy affect people?
I was also interested in how it would affect me as a person. I enjoy spending time with my friends, old or new ones. I've realized that I really like being around people and dislike being alone. In general I like adventures and trying new things, but I wish I was less shy sometimes and better at talking to strangers.
Would I meet new friends this way? Would the project make me a more outgoing person?
I had one year to find out. Read the blog here.
Or, why not start from the beginning, when I decided to end 2015 by blowing up my old Nokia.
- Guest no X
- sharing economy