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Overview

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  • Fluent in English, Norwegian; learning German, Nepali, Swahili
  • 35, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • UN Volunteer in UNDP, Kenya
  • Bachelor in Biology, Master in Environment and Natural Re...
  • From Hordaland, Norway
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me

I am a Norwegian who both love and not hate, but I am very disappointed in my own country. You know, we used to be this cute little country in the north where everyone wore knitted sweaters and enjoyed paying their taxes because it was for the grater good. I am sure not everyone agreed with taxation rates, but most people endorsed a careful spending culture for the country. But times are changing. Many have forgotten their heritage and our sweet little Norway is turning into a place of greed and selfishness. It makes me sad how people share less, the more they have.

The plan is to return to live in Norway at some point, but for the time being I am a volunteer in United Nations Development Programme in Kenya. I live in Nairobi and enjoy it immensely! I work in the area of Energy, Environment and Climate Change, where I try to make a difference.

The gap between rich and poor in Kenya is shocking, the nature is fascinating, but under immense pressure, the people are warm and welcoming and the beaches incredible.

Living and working here is amazing, annoying, empowering and sweet and sour at the same time! Just the way the cross-cultural experience is supposed to be!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I have been a member here since 2007, but not used it much. In fact, I had my first experience surfing a couch in Cape Town recently, and it turned out to be so much more than just a place to crash! The host showed me around Cape Town in a way I would never have experienced without Couchsurfing.

I want to see a place through the eyes of a local and get to know people I otherwise never would have met. There are few thing that make me happier than random meets with interesting people!

I am low maintenance as well, so if you're not into the tourist guide role, I am fine with a place to crash and a chat over coffee.

I have never hosted before and with my busy schedule, it is a bit challenging, but if your request appeals to me enough, you might be the lucky first to try out my "couch" (mattress on the floor).

Interests

Nature, people, art, photography, cooking, music, learning, culture.

  • arts
  • culture
  • photography
  • documentaries
  • film making
  • environment
  • cooking
  • coffee
  • music
  • surfing
  • tourism
  • volunteering
  • beaches
  • mountains

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

At the end of my peace corps assignment in Nepal, I wanted to learn film production. I trekked the steep Himalayan mountains and the learning curve of documentary film making. I planned, filmed and interviewed for ten days, did a three day editing course after which I made it into this: https://youtu.be/f4onScFrSBE
In the process I was trekking at 3500 masl, got bronchitis and giardia, but it was still the most amazing experience ever!

Countries I’ve Visited

Bhutan, Cambodia, Denmark, England, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Kenya, Nepal, Panama, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Kenya, Nepal, Norway

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