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Emil Lindblad Kernell

Sigtuna, Stockholm, Sweden

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Overview

  • 5 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Spanish, Swedish; learning French
  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Student but doing my best to travel ...
  • Law student trying to go to as many ...
  • From Umeå, Sweden
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Planning my next big adventure. Six months in east asia and six months in France. At least that's the plan..

ABOUT ME

My friends would most likely say I'm the social type. Meeting new people is something that really drives me forward in life. That urge to meet new cultures made me go to Puebla, Mexico, as an exchange student for a year and it was the best decision I've made.

I'm an active person as well and obviously since I'm a part of this community I really, really love to travel. I especially like to explore new citys and other sites by foot. To just walk and walk and walk and... you get it! Thats why I often like smaller places because in some of the bigger cities those possibilities tend to be not as good.

Im also a sucker for languages. That has made me able to speak english, spanish and swedish (obviously since I'm swedish) fluently. The love for languages is because of my interest in new learing about new cultures. Being able to speak with locals just maximizes the visit of a new country and it enables you to see things that you wouldve never experienced otherwise.

Also: big interest in sports, food and art.
And also I'm new to yoga but I love it!

PHILOSOPHY

At this moment my personal philosphy basically comes down to: travelling is life, life is travelling. All the interests that I have I can combine so perfectly while travelling. It's just the best way to spend time, money and energy!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Since I love meeting new people when I travel to get the "real" experience my idea is to be able to pay it forward. Help someone coming to Sweden to see what's great about this country and maybe understand it better in any way I can.
Now I'm going to stay in Sweden for a while, so I will do my best hosting before surfing season starts again!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Couchsurfing in New York City and it was amazing. Also in Baja California, Mexico and it was equally good. Met some other CSers in Mexico City as well.

Going to a "hidden" beach in Baja California.
Brooklyn Zoo with my host in NYC.
Great dinner at the rooftop terrace, watching the Manhattan Skyline.
(Wanting to add more..)

Interests

My biggest interest would probably be meeting new cultures and meeting new people! That's why I've moved to new cities many times in my life, changing directions and that's why my new plan is exchange in Japan, Korea or China and than following that up with another exchange in France.

But apart from that I really love to do sports, or some sort of physical activity. Playing football, squash, tennis, bouldering, yoga, running, alpine skiing. Basically anything that's not swimming or cross-country skiing I guess.. haha!

Music, Movies & Books

Mornings in Jenin; one of the most descriptive and mind-blowing books I've read. Haruki Murakami. Eyvind Johnsson.

Love movies, it's a huge interest. Favorite ones would be all movies in the Memento/Old Boy-style. Movies that gives you all the details except some little small important piece that makes you not see the whole of the puzzle. In one little piece of information the director is able to show you the entire image in a matter of seconds. Amazed every time!

Mostly listen to RnB or Hiphop if I plug in my headphones. But I appreciate it all. Even though really heavy stuff I rarely find the time and the place to listen to. D'angelos album Voodoo.
Frank Ocean with his album Channel Orange.
Drake
But also love classical music.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I was in a little village in the state of Chiapas in Mexico called San Juan Chamula. A beatiful village close to the city of San Cristobal de las Casas. It's a very traditional and also very poor village. I was travelling by myself and was walking along around the village when the little girls in traditional clothing came up to me trying to sell something. I didnt need the thing so I said "no". I had just bought a bag of grapes and I saw the girls looking at the bag, without saying anything. I asked if they wanted a couple of grapes.

At first they kept quiet but then they nodded their heads and said yes. I though to myself that I didnt really need the grapes so I gave them the whole bag. Ive never seen such genuine happiness and sense of gratitude ever. I think and I'm hoping that this experienced really humbled me, because that just made me understand a bit of what they're experiencing every day. Also it made me understand how fortunate some of us are and we should never take that for granted.

Another totally different moment was also during my year in Mexico. I went to la Huasteca Potosina wich is a natural reserve in the state of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. We went 14 people in a combi to this amazing place for about 5-6 days. We saw a crazy architects installation to his wife in the middle of the djungle, jumped from 18 meter waterfalls, swimmed in canyons, slept in tents every day and we also saw a natural phenomenon where birds sleep in a huge cave-like hole every night (300 metres deep) and every morning when the sun reaches in far enough they all fly out to eat and such. There must've been millions of birds flying out of that "hole" during 30 minutes and it was just impossible to either catch on film or to take photographs. Such an amazing experience!

Also of course: skydiving in Cuatla. Diving outside Cozumel, seeing the northern lights in the north of Sweden and spending "midsommar" (a swedish holiday in late june) in Överkalix (way north in Sweden) where the sun never sets in summer.

Teach, Learn, Share

Learn and teach about cultures is amazing. Just learing through discussions, dialogue and talking. Just be yourself and tell your stories and talk about your experiences should be good enough for everyone!

Countries I've Visited

Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Thailand

Countries I've Lived In

Sweden

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