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We are two students (Hanna, 26 & Lauri, 29) living in the centre of Helsinki (in the "design district"). In general we like to enjoy life. Hanna is studying education and development, Lauri is a postgraduate on educational psychology. We love to travel and experience different cultures and in return we are more than willing to help travellers explore the finnish culture. Our travel philosophy is quite simple, we tend to not make too specific plans or to-do lists. We enjoy taking our time and travelling slow and easy.
Help each other, chill, slow down the competition and ride more bicycles. Recycle. Degrowth.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
We participate in the community by couchsurfing and offering our lovely apartment and friendly service to fellow couchsurfers.
During our travels we have had the pleasure to be hosted by incredibly nice people. When we're in Finland it's our turn to host!
We both enjoy music, good food and travelling, both the natural and urban sceneries.
Hanna likes photography, arts & crafts, friends, dogs, nature & outdoor activities, culture, development studies, girly stuff, sleeping.
Lauri likes bikes, bike mechanics, (dreaming of) snowboarding in nice mountains, dreaming of learning to surf, learning, culture, psychology & sociology, random facts, beer, coffee, nature, hockey and other sports that involve sticks or rackets, sleeping.
Music, Movies, and Books
Scandinavian Music Group, Nirvana, The National, Bon Iver, Veronica Maggio, Atmosphere, Kate Nash, Mumford & Sons, Prince of Assyria, Lana Del Rey, The xx, Ramshackle Glory, Cloud Nothings, Anais Mitchell, Sigur Ros, Mum, Beirut, Band of Horses, Japandroids, At the Drive-in etc.
How I met your mother, Friends, Ghost Dog, Tarantino movies, dumb comedies etc.
Hemingway, Steinbeck, Tolkien, Marquez, popular science literature etc.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Oh there's so many. One of the amazing experiences was getting stuck with a 2-wheel drive in the backcountry of West Timor, survived with the help of locals, should've been a 4-wheel drive. Another amazing experience was spending a smooth sunday with the local friends in Katutura-township in Windhoek, Namibia. First time standing up on a surfboard was great, being cut in the forehead by the fin and getting stitched later was not so great. Deepfried Snickers.
Teach, Learn, Share
As said, Lauri wants to learn to surf. He can teach bike mechanics.
Duct tape saves the day in most of the situations.
Travelling tips to Finland
- If you come to Finland in the wintertime, some locals might trick you to go to the sauna and then to go rolling in the snow naked. You really don't have to roll in the snow if you don't want to, it's not really a tradition.
- When you meet a bear, play dead or back off slowly & silently. If it attacks cover your head and neck with your arms, pretend to be a rock.
- in the winter, have a pair of good (high top,water resistant) shoes with you.
Countries I’ve Visited
Estonia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, Namibia, Singapore, Sweden, United Kingdom, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In