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Mathilda Hjörvar

Reykjavik, Greater Reykjavik, Iceland

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  • Fluent in English, Icelandic; learning Danish, French
  • 23, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • Law student and intern at a law firm...
  • Currently studying law at the Univer...
  • From Reykjavik, Iceland
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About Me


Surviving law school and saving the world, little by little


I am curious by nature, and very interested in different cultures, social science and the developement of societies. I long to experience as many cultural shocks on my travels as possible, for I believe that an insight into the lives of people from different cultures will help me understand the world a little better. I love to meet new people and discuss current affairs and everyday life, as well as philosophical issues and the meaning of life - hearing other's opinions and theories on these matters is extremely interesting to me. I love how short conversations with complete strangers can completely change my way of thinking.


I have long been torn between wanting to do good in the world and wanting to enjoy life, but I have come to the conclusion that I can do both. I consider myself to be a philanthropist, I am very environmentally aware and conscious of issues such as unfair division of wealth and political corruption. I fully expect to have solved every global issue by the time I turn fifty.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


Have surfed for the most part, but will start hosting once my situation allows it.


Every night I've spent surfing a couch has been at least ten times more interesting, more lively and more fun than staying shut up in a hotel. I hate hotels.


Arts & culture: Literature, music, theatre and dance.
History (esp. art history), philosophy, anthropology, humanitarian aid,
Food & drink: I am a professional coffee barista and a tea-and-coffee-lover. I am also very interested in cooking, although I'm terrible at it - I actually managed to burn water once...

Music, Movies & Books

I love classical English writers such as Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde, as well as being a secret fantasy fanatic - Harry Potter and Eragon are particular favourites.
I have a hard time putting my finger on a particular brand of movies that I like, but I will mention some; Der Untergang, Lat den ratte komme ind, Black Swan, The Color Purple, The Shining, Oscar et la Dame Rose, Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera, Amelie Poulain, Little Miss Sunshine, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Emma.
I am an omnivore when it comes to music, but some of my favourites include Rufus Wainwright, Fleet Foxes, Frank Zappa, Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Debussy, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Belle&Sebastian, Johnny Cash, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Yann Tiersen, Edith Piaf, Stevie Wonder, Damien Rice, Air, Queen, The Beatles, Coldplay, Amadou & Mariam, A Tribe Called Quest, Propellerheads, Muse and Beastie Boys.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

St. Petersburg. The Gobi desert. The Baikal lake. The Great Wall of China. The Cu Chi Tunnels. The Temples of Angkor. Paragliding over the Himalayas. The Taj Mahal. The Pyramids of Giza.

Countries I've Visited

Belgium, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Egypt, Faroe Islands, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Laos, Latvia, Luxembourg, Monaco, Mongolia, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Denmark, France, Iceland

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