Helene Skaatan

Oslo, Oslo, Norway

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  • Fluent in Norwegian Bokmål; learning English, German, Norwegian Nynorsk
  • 27, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • Social Work
  • Social work, mental health care, international human rights
  • From Haugesund, Rogaland, Norway
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About Me

Originally from the westcoast,
from a city built on herring; Haugesund.
Even though The Pulpit Rock is only two hours south of Haugesund,
I have never been there.
I dream of one day hiking up the
Pulpit Rock, with a bunch of great couchsurfers, a boomblaster and my bunad.

Currently studying professional mental health care, and international human rights in crisis and conflicts.

About the uglybeautiful (!) Oslo;
Oslo knows me well and I know Oslo well.
I can recommend places to be at the right time, which are off the touristtraps/tracks.
But there are traps/tracks worth checking out - even at the wrong time.

I enjoy comic moments, Cinemateket,
a slow coffeebreak,
singing in groups, big hugs, hiking,
a walk in the forest or by the ocean, discoveries,
roadtrips by car or on a motorbike,
a good portion of chocolate, movies like
La Grande Bellezza and more.

I've picked up a few quotes in my life:
Quote from a greek friend:

-Well, it was a considerably good, sunny day in Copenhagen.
And I only fell in love 596 times.
You could say I am strong.

A little poem that meets you in the airport in Oslo..:
Are you where you are?
Are you not where you are?
Go to where you are,
I'll wait for you there.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

Meeting locals and travelers, through couchsurfing or not, over a cup of coffee or a cartrip, is just fabolous.

CS started when a man from San Fransisco was planning a trip to Reykjavik. And it grew.

CS is dynamic, always changing and moving.

I will give you advices and meet you when I can. I am unfortunately not hosting at the moment.

I have really enjoyed CS - meetings, constitution day with CS'ers, rooftopparties, dinners, cinema and concerts.


Innovative ideas, sitting on a motorbike, discoveries, to hang out in festivals in music, art and cinema, trips for visiting friends and locals around.
I enjoy spending time with good storytellers.
I'm a fan of small islands and their lighthouse. I enjoy meetingplaces, like the regular CS - meetings.

Music, Movies, and Books

Yes, please.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Singing a duet in a cathedral in Normandy when I was 15.

Stayed and worked alone in the highest-lying and most western lighthouse in Norway for 1 month and explored the peaceful silence. It was a success and his highly recommended. The Lighthouse also has a an Artist in residence - flat. Ask me for more info. ;)

In 2008 we went hiking from Skogar to Thorsmork, (passed Eyafjallajökull) stayed in tents, singing the traditional "Maria, Maria", with bonfire, wool and icelandic traditional food. We then jeeped straight down to an amazing, free concert in a park with Sigur Ros and Björk playing together!

Teach, Learn, Share

Listen. Laugh. Love.

Once I met a 10 year old boy in a small tribal village in Andhra Pradesh, India.
He told me "I really want to go to Tromsø¸ and see the Northern Lights".
Thanks for sharing your dream. :)

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belize, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Denmark, Guatemala, Norway

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