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I grew up in a dead small town in Finnish Lapland. Everyone in my town knew each other. Nearest traffic lights were one hour drive away. Snow was on the ground for 7 or 8 months per year. In the wintertime the temperature could easily drop to -30 celsius (even -45 c at times). I walked or skied to school every day and a herd of reindeer would often greet me on the way (my neighbour was a reindeer farmer). In the evenings the town was so quiet that I could stand by the main road and still hear fish jumping in a lake nearby (or ice breaking in the wintertime). I was brought up to appreciate silence and nature. At age 16 I decided I had had enough of village life and moved to a city. I've been on the move ever since. I feel that I love to travel because of my backgrounds: growing up in an isolated village, I always craved to see how life was like somewhere else.
Opposites and extremes intrigue me and I love to travel to places that are complete opposites to my home country. I love long, hot summers, too: they're a complete opposite to the long, freezing winters that I'm used to.
"Shit happens and then you live." - Anna Nicole Smith
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Surf and host.
Had only good hosts and good guests. Can't wait to meet more of them.
I have a BA degree on Russian language, so, obviously, I'm into languages. I've studied 9 or 10, speak 5, but am fluent in (only) 3. I'm very interested in social issues and social constructs, and right now I'm studying sociology, gender studies and political science. On a more abstract level, one of my main interests is power and the unequal distribution of it.
I play basketball at a local team. I used to do muay thai and other combat sports, but gave it up after some years; I still do boxing from time to time. One of my childhood dreams was to be a professional athlete but I'm glad it didn't work out.
I have a huge passion for Russia and the Balkans. For me they are the most fascinating parts of the world.
I quit eating meat at age 17 and never looked back.
I l o v e dogs but can't have one since I'm never home.
Music, Movies, and Books
My all time favorite artist - if I only get to pick one - is PJ Harvey. I found one of her albums on CD at my local library when I was 12 and have loved her ever since. When it comes to genres, I'm a big fan of stoner rock, doom/sludge, progressive rock, surf, soul, folk, and 1960's first wave garage, just to mention a few.
My most favorite books by far are (in this order):
1. M. Ageyev: Novel with Cocaine
2. Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar
3. Mika Waltari: The Egyptian
4. Arto Salminen: Kalavale
5. Mikael Niemi: Popular Music from Vittula
6. Katja Kettu: The Midwife
7. Johanna Sinisalo: The Core of the Sun
8. Hermann Hesse: Demian
9. Rosa Liksom: Compartment Number 6
10. Anja Kauranen: Sonja O. kävi täällä
Anything by Lynch.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Only one? Lived abroad.
Teach, Learn, Share
I wanna become a better hitchhiker! Always eager to hear people's hitchhiking stories.
I can teach you how to ice skate, ski, avoid mosquito bites, drive a car on snow and ice, or speak Finnish, and a thousand of other things!
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Armenia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Bulgaria, Finland, Russian Federation