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Elise Margrethe Tokerud

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

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Overview

  • 36 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Norwegian Bokmål, Spanish, Swedish; learning Danish, French, German
  • 27, Female
  • Member since 2010
  • maestra
  • BA Honours Sociology, Minor Hispanic...
  • From Mysen, Norway
  • Profile 60% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Travel to learn from others and about others in order to learn to know myself

ABOUT ME

I love travelling and I want to go everywhere! I Love trying new things, learning about different cultures, customs and meeting new people. I also have a great interest for languages so I appreciate any chance I get to practice and improve my skills. I'm an optimistic and cheerful person who loves to laugh, share and listen. Through meeting people from other cultures you learn so much, not just about that culture, but also about yourself.

PHILOSOPHY

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” - Saint Augustine - "Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar". - Antonio Machado - "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." "Always look on the bright side of life"

Don't worry about the past or the future, and try living in the present. Enjoy the simple things in life and focus on the positive in all things, in all situations. Learn both form positive and negative experiences and remember that without any of these you would be a different person. Forget the "should have.."; "¡El 'hubiera' no existe!"

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I created my profile in the summer of 2010 when my boyfriend and I were backpacking in Mexico. Last summer we went with the EuroRail pass through Europe and stayed with CS'rs much of the time. Then, the past six months we travelled through South America. All the coushSurfers we've encountered have been incredible and inspiring people, always helpful and open to both sharing and learning. Living in Guadalajara, I had the oportunity to return the favour and host CSr's. This is something I really enjoy as I get the oportunity to meet people form around the world although I'm not moving around. I hope to keep meeting alot of CouchSurfers both travelling and hosting.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I truly appreciate the CS community and how it connects travelers. It really facilitates the sharing of experiences. Where we stayed, we got plenty of excellent advice and information which made our exploring of the surroundings fun and easy! I feel the way we experienced places was more authentic since we spent time with a local. I also really enjoy being the hostess; it is great to have an excuse to keep redescovering all the great things in the place you live!

Interests

Travelling, languages, dancing, music, food, art, photography, reading, exercise, experiencing different cultures and meeting new people

Music, Movies & Books

What I chose to put on depends on my mood or what I am doing. Some genres and artists I like include:latino (veeery wide category, I know!) calle 13, Maná, Los Cafres,Cafe Tacuba, classical music, movie sound tracks, 70s rock (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, The Doors, Black Sabbath - the list goes on!). When it comes to movies, I usually prefer the ones with a solid story to tell, based on a true story, an historical event or simply well wirtten. (The Gladiator, Braveheart, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Inseption, Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, Amélie..) The criterias for movies pretty much goes for reading too. I like to learn something from what I read.(Aztec Rage, What´s Eating Gilbert Grape, A Fraction of the Whole..) I read to know more about whatever captures my interest at any given moment.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Seeing the grand, famous sights is very exciting but the small details is what makes an experience truly wonderful and memorable. Using all your senses, you fully live in and enjoy the moment; feel the burning sun, listen to the street musicians, smell the fruits in a busy market, taste the local food and appreciate the variation in vegetation, architecture and people.

Teach, Learn, Share

We are constantly developing as humans, and with every encounter we have we are likely to learn something. It is such a enriching experience meeting people willing to share personal experiences and cultural uniquenesses. If they in turn are interested in learning about me and my culture, that makes the encounter even greater.

Countries I've Visited

Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, Mexico, Norway

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