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roelguldemond Roel Guldemond

About me

Living in Ronchin (On the south side of Lille).

I am a freelance trainer.

Some background on my passion improving systems:
during my agronomy study (1978-1982) the "system theory" attracted me. I re-read often my biology books on the trans-disciplinary approach on trying to understand influences on life.
I am influenced by biologist Karl Ludwig von Bertalanffy (1901-1970) known as one of the founders of general systems theory (GST) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systems_theory .
Later I studied business administration (1982-1986).
And again "system theory".
From a book by Jan in 't Veld (1926-2005), I remember Kenneth E. Boulding (1910-1993) has a beautiful definition: "Systems are that which is not chaos".
More extended explanations: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systems_thinking .

I like:
- http://www.drupal.org, to manage websites;
- http://www.wordpress.org, to blog;
- http://www.ubuntu.com, to operate desk tops;
- http://www.freebsd.org, to operate servers;
- http://www.inkscape.org, to draw;
- http://www.gimp.org, to edit images.
- http://www.moodle.org, to help people learning, I am building rich learning environments in this amazing electronic learning environment;
(Examples of Moodle: https://school.wexample.com)

I see myself as a person working PROFOUNDLY and THOROUGHLY.

I think I am quite economical. I see it as "stingy in a positive way". I try not to spoil. According my conviction every individual has some influence on our future. I try not to buy from greedy organisations. I promote to consume less.

I was raised in a big dutch family. I had a fantastic childhood. I have three children: Stan 1991, Geertje 1989 and Ruud 1988. All three are living on their own.

More hospitality networks I have experience with are:
- trustroots.org : https://www.trustroots.org/profile/roelguldemond
- warmshowers.org : https://www.warmshowers.org/user/62723
- couchsurfing.com, I do not use CS a lot, the reasons why I wrote in CS-profile : https://www.couchsurfing.com/users/383622

My blog : http://roelguldemond.wordpress.com/.


Spoken languages

  • Dutch Mother Tongue
  • English Fluent
  • French Fluent
  • German Intermediate
  • Spanish Beginner

My interests


open source


Franz Kafka's "Das Proces" impressed me.
And I have lots of books I would like read.
Summer 2009 finally I read Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's "Flow".
Last writer who impressed me Michel Houellebecq.


"Let it Bleed" of Rolling Stones was first record which impressed me.
And I am impressed by the music played by my sons (they got their talent via their mother). My daughter? She is as gifted as me I suppose: we both listen...


"Let's make money" by Wagenhofer

Organisations I belong to:

lesser and less

Travel experiences

Past trips:

France since 1960.
Hungary, Romania, Poland
Bit of western Europe.
France again.
Being a student I visit Israel and Egypte. Then I was impressed by differences between people.
I hitch hiked to France in 2008 (where Patricia picked me up! Read my story in dutch: http://www.nederlandlift.nl/nieuws/50-en-nog-liften-kan-dat/ )

Planned trips:

I sure I would like to enjoy falafel in Mediterranean countries.
For the rest: cycling around Lille in Flandres.
And cycling back to Brabant.
I cycled back in july 2014 (You can watch the 5 minutes long video of it, here: http://vimeo.com/98802612 )

Belongs to the following groups






Like to combine bewelcome-ing & cycling.



I like to do sometimes, a little bit for the BW-community


Max number of guests:
Maximum length of stay:

Depends. Cooks seems to stay longer.

I Live With:


Please bring:

What you think is necessary (but really do not bother about gifts, really don't).
We have blankets.
A kitchen too.
Do not hesitate to cook for us.

I can offer my guests:
A guided tour, A dinner.

A dinner?
My french wife has great capacities to enjoy your stay at a very french way.

Do not hesitate to let us know what you like to do.
We'll sure find a way to have a pleasant stay.

You'll find
- bathroom with a shower
- 2nd toilet on ground floor.
- kitchen
- guest bedroom

The garden which is in 2018 heavily "under construction"

I can offer my hosts:

Help with preparing meals.
We can cook together.
Or I can cook (A lot of times I have been preparing omelet, when I stay with other people. In a lot of different kitchens I've been preparing https://roelguldemond.wordpress.com/2011/12/08/ommelette-au-poireau-leak-ommelette-or-prei-omelet/ )

Other information for guests:

Fun things to do and local landmarks in Lille:

On places I can probably advise you.
I like a beer! Or wine. And I do enjoy coffee. Coffee? I have a lot of doubts how Europe is protecting European coffee-industries ...
In Lille it is easy drinking champagne on terraces. Or beers, wines, coffees and other refreshing drinks. Plus dinners: E.g. Algerian, Breton, Vietnamese, Tunisian, Moroccan and French.

- Parc 'Jean Baptiste Lebas', near 'Hotel de Ville' de Lille. Easy to find if you go in direction of the "Beffroi". "Belfry" in English. More easy: the tour Lille is using for logo's etc. like Paris is using its "Eiffel tower".
- A bigger parc you'll find around Citadelle of Lille. On walking distance of center of town. There is a small zoo (entrance free) and lots of beautiful trees and lawns.
Or enjoy good weather in our garden.
- Biggest park: 'Jardin des Plantes', 3.5 km south of Park 'Jean Baptiste Lebas', near metro Porte de Douai. And 1,5 km from our house in Ronchin! Big park, bit of an oasis. If you neglect train and highway. There is a botanic glasshouse, and quite some variation.

- Lille has reasonable cycling paths.
- We have one or more bicycles available.
- Renting bikes at the station. V'lille everywhere (or rent a dutch bike/tandem for 2 up to 8 person at www.legrandhuit.eu)
If you like bit of nature in this metro-pole: you can cycle for example to Bethune. A French, modest town 50 km south of Lille. I like it because you can follow two canals. On mountain bike, as some parts are rough.

I would like to investigate the "Voie Verte de la Pévèle" next to Mons-en-Pévèle.

I can indicate them on a map, you will rarely find me there.

* SMELL HISTORY: 'Cathedrale Notre Dame de la Treille'
Never I have great joy visiting churches. But in this church I like the nice little exhibitions on several subjects.
There were free tours in 2014.
Done by students in history.
They have an association for this, check if they still are active. (Their web site was not updated since 2104): http://assoguidestreille.blogspot.fr/

I was able to get to known how this part of Flanders went French again. In 1713 by the "Paix d'Utrecht". So in 2013 this part of Flanders will be 300 years French!
(If you like to the changes of European borders over 1000 years you might like to see 11 minutes lasting video on changing of European borders over 1000 years this moving map shows who ruled Flanders over these years: http://youtu.be/WFYKrNptzXw or search for "European time lapse map")

* FEEL ART: 'Palais des Beaux Arts'
Biggest museum in Lille. There are several more. Personally I do not often appreciate art. But in this museum I liked the most the basement. In some big rooms you'll find the plans (in French: plans de relief) of the "Fortifications of Vauban". These consists of fortified sites along the northern border of France. They were designed by Vauban (1633–1707), See www.fortified-places.com.
I like to learn about history. I am interested to understand about Europe. How we developed towards the richest people in the world. I wonder why we do not act according the facts that we have far enough to eat. Why do we keep on buying these things which pollute our world and disabuse animals and a lot of people? I personally do not like eating meat too much.

Back to art!
Personally I tried to see the value of art for myself. Rembrandt, van Gogh or more contemporary artists have been making beautiful paintings: I just do not feel too much inside, looking at their work.
My wife however appreciates art very much.

Luckily she and I do have mutual interests. Both we like going to the market. Searching good and tasty food. I like vegetables. Especially good carrots, leak, cabbage, potatoes, apples, pears, etc., etc.. And products from the Mediterranean. I hope they have used not too much fossil energy to transport it from south up here to the north.
I can be quiet puzzled in trying to improve the world.
My attempt is: be modest.
I am typing this on a computer probably made in China. I search for the cheap and solid computers, which are probably made under not optimal circumstances.
I more and more feel pessimistic.
I try to be realistic.
Any way: the older I get the more I realize how little I know.

If you visit Lille: may be you appreciate I have quite some knowledge on what is written at Wikipedia on Lille/Rijsel. I find so much there, that you might get lost in all data.
I would sure like to be of assistance in finding your way.

Lille for me is a mix between Antwerp and Paris:
- More pleasant, much smaller though, than Paris.
- And very much more French than Antwerp.
I love to live in Lille.

Public transport:

Two main trainstations: "Lille Flandres" and "Euralille" at 4 kilometres.
(There are 2 little train stations "Ronchin" and "Gare de Porte de Douai" at about 500 meters, beware that only few trains per day will stop at those stations.)

Metro station 'Porte de Douai' is at 1,6 kilometres, 20 minutes walking.
From metro station 'Porte de Douai' there is a bus.
Bus stop, called 'Marronniers', at 400 meters of our home.
Some busses from metro station 'Porte de Douai' are: 57 or L1 (=Liane 1), there are may be more busses.
Bus stop 'Marronniers' is next to the little church "Notre Dame de Ronchin"
In front of the church there is a city plan of Ronchin (Beware! If you use this city plan: there are 2 stickers with the texte "Vous etes ici" (meaning "You are here". This can be very annoying.)
Our street is just a few minutes walking.

These web sites help you to find out how to use public transport in Lille:
http://uk.transpole.fr/ (english)
http://transpole.fr/ (french)

In Lille you'll find a lot on walking distance.
You can rent a public bicycle: called 'V'lille'.
I might have one of my bikes ready for you.

Close to the highway Paris-Amsterdam. It is in fact at the beginning of the french highway A1: Lille-Paris-Marseille. Our house is at 2 kilometers distance of the first exit, called "Sorte 1 Ronchin".

House Rules:
No smoking, No drugs.

As house rules : we both like the house to be clean. So cleaning up is a must.

Nota Bene : First weekend of september, the famous "Braderie" of Lille takes place.
Lille is overcrowed with visitors from everywhere. Lot of CS-ers, students, tourists, family-of-family ... our house has been always full with guests. We more times had to say no to people who ask for a place to stay. (However I think it should always possible to set up a tent in the garden ... in case of emergency!)

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