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  • Fluent in English, French, Norwegian, Spanish
  • 31, Other
  • Member since 2009
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  • Master in International Business, Grenoble (France) Helen...
  • From Skedsmokorset, Norway Helene - Birch Bay, WA USA Brendan
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About Me


Exploring the southeastern part of Europe


We're longtime nomads, doing our best to mimimize working and maximize living. We met traveling in Colombia 6 years ago and have made time and freedom a priority over money ever since.

We will be travelling in Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro for the next little while, hoping to meet local open-minded people, eat typical food and learn about the cultures. The opportunity to live as a human being rather than a human doing is something that we are thankful for everyday.


These five men said it beautifully:

"Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from" -Seth Godin

"There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living" -Thoreau

"The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage"

"Money often costs too much" -Emerson

"Live as if you were living for the second time and had acted as wrongly the first time as you are about to do now" -Frankl

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Hosting, surfing and all kinds of CS events - GREAT experiences!


Lots of great ones in many parts of the world =)


Scuba diving, hiking, surfing, freedom, hitchhiking, swimming, consciousness, sunrises, sunsets, practicing being by doing less, buddhist thinking, books, waking up in a tent, mountains, positive psychology, hot water bottles, red wine, challenging society's norms, nature, cross-country skiing, challenging my limits, cheese, orienteering, explorative conversations, maps, chocolate, languages, snow, meditation

  • books
  • dining
  • chocolate
  • wine
  • red wine
  • cheese
  • yoga
  • meditation
  • traveling
  • hiking
  • camping
  • surfing
  • scuba diving
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • cartography
  • languages
  • psychology
  • hitchhiking
  • mountains

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Rainman, Goodwill Hunting, The Intouchables, Memento, Mud, Forrest Gump, Mamma Mia, Buddy, Into the wild, The Kite Runner, Blow

Music: Hootie and the Blowfish, James Taylor, Dobie Gray, Juanes, Nelo, Bob Marley, Jack Johnson, CCR, Postgirobygget, Doobie Brothers, Hellbillies, Barry White

Books: The Happiness Hypothesis, Dice man, Best Life Money Can't Buy, Power of Now, Freedom from the Known, Marching Powder, Man's search for Meaning, Celestine Prophecy, Siddhartha, Outliers, Veronika decides to die, Wild Swans, A thousand splendid suns, Le voyage d'Hector, Mengele zoo, Eleven minutes, El mundo de Sofía, Shantaram, Siddharta, Broken paradise, Killing Pablo, the triology of Stieg Larsson

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Sunrise on Mount Fitz Roy in Southern Patagonia in Argentina, Scuba diving in Thailand, grizzly bears in Alaska, Road trip in Southern Utah, 5-day hike in Grand Canyon, Alaskan wilderness, bicycling and camping through Norwegian fjords and mountains, 8 days trek in Torres del Paine in Southern Chile, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, Northern lights in Norway, experiencing Colombia and the Colombian people, being 15m away from a jaguar in the Bolivian Amazon, surfing in San Juan del Sur (Nicaragua), sailing from Colombia to Panama.

Teach, Learn, Share

We can teach you how to make traditional Norwegian pastries and how to cross-country ski

We'd love to learn how to make food from other countries, yoga and different ways of meditation.

And we're always looking for good book recommendations.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Laos, Latvia, Malaysia, Netherlands, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

Argentina, Colombia, France, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Norway, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United States

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