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Hello everyone! We are a married, tattooed, heavy metal couple from Vantaa (it's next to Helsinki), Finland. \m/
I'm work in the tourism industry. Markus, my husband, works in transport business. When not working, we are probably planning and dreaming of future travels. We have a travel blog called Metallia Matkassa (translates something like "metal travels" - www.metalliamatkassa.com, in Finnish) and really like making videos and photography. Markus loves swimming and is now competing again after over 10 year pause. He's been competing in Montreal (2014) and Kazan (2015) FINA World Masters.
Animals are close to our hearts. We have two pets, a griffon bruxellois dog called Luumu and a little djungarian hamster (russian dwarf hamster) named Lucifer.
Through my studies I have grown very interested in developing the tourism in Finland. I think we have a great country with lots to see that just needs a little bit more visitors! I am more than happy to show places in my home town and Helsinki to our guests. Also, being a metal head, I know a lot about Hellsinki's metal scene - even made a guide about it, called Hellsinki For Headbangers. It's part of CreateTrips travel app and available for iPhone & Android. Check it out!! Read more about my metal travel guide to Helsinki: http://metalliamatkassa.com/hellsinki-for-headbangers-nyt-androidilla/
At the moment life is quite busy with lot of stuff going on, so usually on weekdays we like to spend the evenings at home - cooking, watching tv and go walks with Luumu. On free days we like to go to small adventures to nearby places and cities, meet friends, party & go see metal bands playing, have a BBQ on our balcony.. In summer we love visiting festivals - especially the ones with metal bands playing \m/ We also visit the countryside every now and then, year around, and recently have started to like outdoor activities such as hiking. We have some great national parks here in Finland to visit!
You can find us from Instagram too:
@ewoklife (Anne) @travelsnmetal (Markus) @metalliamatkassa (blog's IG)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
After joining CS in 2011, we've met some amazing people from around the world and had the chance to surf in HK, Kuala Lumpur and NYC. I really like CS, though I prefer more hosting than surfing myself. We've hosted bunch of really nice people and some of them became life-long friends with us. However, recently CS has changed and I think not many new users really understand that it's not only about offering free accommodation, but to meet new people, share stories and help a fellow traveler on the side. When I open the doors of my home to a stranger, I expect them to give me something in exchange, and not use my place only as a free hostel.
Travelling, tattoos, metal music, photographing, diving, swimming, animals, blogging
Music, Movies, and Books
Music - Metal it is. \m/ Markus prefers it black, I'm more of a death/thrash kind a girl.
Movies - Star Wars, Zombie movies, Quentin Tarantino movies, Tim Burton movies, Pixar animations, Epic adventure movies such as LOTR, Hobbit.. Horror movies
TV series - Game of Thrones, Bates Motel, American Horror Story, True Blood, The Walking Dead.. you know what kids watch these days. A little older stuff: Twin Peaks, X-Files and my (note: not Markus') all time favorite: Beverly Hills 90210!
Books - Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy, Lonely Planets and other travelling guides, Stephen King books, old Finnish classics (The Egyptian, The Unknown Soldier etc.)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Markus: Seeing a whale shark while diving - a childhood dream coming true
Anne: Tandem skydiving few years back, paragliding over Pokhara in Nepal in spring 2012, visiting Petra UNESCO World Heritage Site in Jordan 2014
Teach, Learn, Share
We can teach you about Finnish culture and language. I can also teach you Japanese - I used to live in Japan about 10 years ago, one year as an exchange student. Markus is very good in swimming so he can give some tips in swimming techniques (I always ask for them too and then get frustrated when I don't succeed). He also knows a lot about diving stuff.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Nepal, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Finland, Japan, Spain