Lars Nielsen

Copenhagen, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark

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About Me


To try and make the best of the time here on earth.


I am almost done with my master in Nanotech-engineering. However, as so many other engineers in here are saying, I am not your typical engineer :).

After having studied engineering for many years, it is sort of funny to look back at how few typical engineers I have actually met...

Sure, I am interested in technical stuff and might even be good at it, but I almost never talk about it. However if something science related has been bugging you, I might be able to answer/explain it.

I live to travel and experience the world. I mostly travel alone as I find it easier to get in contact with people, both the local and other travelers. And hence, in turn, to travel alone facilitates not-travelling alone :).

I am from Denmark and I might seem a bit reserved and I am usually not the "loudest" in a company. Furthermore, something which might also be culturally based, I tend to use quite a lot of irony/sarcasm in my humor, this is never meant to be mean, in any shape or form, and it is something that I try to keep at a minimum with people who don't know me, but sometimes I do forget.

I like talking/discussing subjects. It hardly matters what the subject is, I just enjoy talking with people and listening to different arguments. I don't like it when arguments becomes personal or emotional, in my mind they should never do that.

I like to go out and have fun. I am truly not much of a dancer, but lately I have found out that it really doesn't matter and that it is more fun to be on the dance-floor than just at the bar.


Do to other as you like others do to you...
Furthermore I believe that with sufficient communication the world would be a much better place. So many conflicts domestic and international are based in a simple lack of communication and an unwillingness to look at the world from the other persons perspective.
Hence one almost have a duty, in the interest of world peace, to travel, meet people, talk to people and try to tear down imaginary boundaries.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Thus far I have surfed a few couches and otherwise just used couchsurfing to meet new awesome people abroad. However I am sure that, when I actually once do get a couch, it will be open to the couchsurfing community.


I am new to couch surfing through this site. I have used couch surfing on travels where I have met people and couch surfed when visiting their country.


Well, my interests... I believe that almost everything is interesting, it just depends on how hard you look or submerged you become. I try to be as open-minded as I can be and look for the interesting angle if I don't find it immediately.
But to mention a few interests, specifically, then I am interested in travelling, talking about places and exchanging experiences. Discussing/talking about politics, economics, religion, philosophy, music, movies, books, cooking, ideas, innovation etc.

I am interested in photography and at one point in time I thought about becoming a photographer, now it is just a hobby.

I like to get out in nature, I especially like mountains, ironic when I come from Denmark, about the flattest country in the world :(.

Music, Movies, and Books

I guess I am somewhat of a film buff. I know it sounds cheesy, but I especially like smaller independent movies. I am generally not into big Hollywood productions, with a lot of special effects, trying to conceal a lack of an interesting story/plot. When it is done well, however it can also be very effective.

I really like documentaries, especially when they are on a subject one has never thought off before. Like the early Errol Morris stuff.

I like to go to listen to live music. Blues, (indie-) Rock, Jazz and Ska.

I guess I am not too much of a book person. I do like books, but I'm not good at sitting down reading for hours, I get bored too easily (even if the book is really good). However the long bus journeys I have often been on during my travels, have resulted in me completing many more books than I would have otherwise. When I am home I am usually "reading" 5-6 books at the same time, which doesn't really help :).

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Walking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu with my parents and big sister when I was 13. Unfortunately I hear it is quite spoiled by tourism now :(. It definitely is one of the wonders of the world.

Backpacked 6 month in South america after dropping out of university when studying bio physics.

Lived in Buenos Aires for 4 weeks, probably the best time of my life thus far...

Doing a 4 day high altitude trek in the northern Bolivia (17 hrs by local bus north of La Paz), finishing with a 5.600m pas. Walking down through the clouds on the other side and just under the clouds we were met by ~10 huge condors (the first condors on the trek), the setting was pure "national geographic".

Driving by jeep from Uyuni, Bolivia, down to Chile through Salar de Uyuni, the worlds largest salt flat. That is a trip which should be on all travelers short list.

Lived 3 weeks in a small village in lowland Bolivia when working on a sustainable forestation project, after just two weeks of spanish school :(.

Went on a 16 day Green Tortoise trip around the national parks of USA, I normally don't like "organised tours" but I realized the difficulty of backpacking in the US (after 4 weeks) and it was one of my best trips EVER.

Sitting on the top of a Mayan pyramid in the middle of the jungle in Guatemala with a few friends and watching the sunset over the canopy.

Eating "chori-pan" at 5am in Cordoba, Argentina, after having partied the whole night.

Eating river shrimps in El Castillo, Nicaragua. Watching a complete double rainbow from a highland coffee plantation near Ocotal, Nicaragua.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Austria, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Denmark, United States

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