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Keep learning new things each day.
I try to be present in the moment and treat everything I do with respect and devotion, or recognise what is not healthy and good for me. Often I do not live up to my own high hopes, but such is life.
I love music. Playing, singing, listening, dancing - sometimes all four at the same time, but I also love films and reading fiction. I used to be quite the bookworm, but have recently come to prefer the company of people to staying cooped up inside reading or watching films.
Find out what you love to do in life and pursue it with discipline. Respect other people and treat them with love, they are there to help you. Stay true to yourself.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I host surfers, couchsurf when I travel and go to the occasional meet-up. I keep up the spirit of Couchsurfing by doing activities with exchange students, like teaching them how to cook Finnish food, taking them to local music concerts and just talking about cultural differences and whatever else happens on this planet.
I have seen what big help Couchsurfers can be in a trip that goes very badly.
Music, spiritual growth, happiness and wellbeing, self-discovery, adventure
Music, Movies, and Books
Jeff Buckley for the beautiful vocals and songs that never get old,
Miles Davis for helping me discover the wonders of jazz,
Led Zeppelin for birthing an appreciation of music in me,
Radiohead for the ability to change and grow without caring about criticism,
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for speaking to my soul in a language I do not understand,
Ravi Shankar for creating a vibration felt deep inside,
Foo Fighters for songs easily approached and sung,
The Beatles for influencing so many,
George Harrison for inspiration,
Bob Marley for bringing so much faith and love into the world,
Jack Johnson for the relaxed attitude,
Glen Hansard for singing what I feel inside,
The Magnetic Fields for 69 Love Songs,
Shye Ben Tzur for building bridges between worlds, Queen for showing real rock attitude,
Tribe Called Quest for showing me how awesome hip-hop is
Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for blowing me away with a strong imagination,
'Spring, Autumn, Winter, Summer... and Spring Again' for capturing the essence of living,
Akira Kurosawa for bringing a Japanese flavor the themes that don't get old,
Christopher Nolan for entertaining films that keep surprising,
Quentin Tarantino for the great mixing of influences,
Sergio Leone for showing me what a great film is, Hayao Miyazaki for awakening the inner child
Paulo Coelho for describing so well how I view life
The Lord of the Rings for awakening a curiosity towards travelling
Neil Gaiman for keeping the inner child alive, Dostojevski for helping in a tough period of my life,
George R.R. Martin for mischief and adventure
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
During my exchange period in Northern Ireland I went to yoga practice every week in Portrush, which is a picturesque resort town with long beaches on the North Coast. The place I practiced yoga at was right on the beach and when we did our finishing relaxation I could hear the waves coming to shore. The sound of the ebb and flow of the sea still stays with me.
Another good memory relating to the sea is the times I surfed in the same town. The best surfing experience I've had was one evening when the waves were hitting the shore quite hard. Fighting against the waves when going out to sea and then riding on them back is something that needs to be experienced.
One Summer in Finland I worked a bit further away from home and passed a clear blue lake on my way to and from work. When my workday ended I went for a swim. One of my favorite things during the Finnish Summer is dipping into a cold lake when it's sunny and sweaty out of the lake.
Teach, Learn, Share
The best teacher lies within you. I can share what little I have learned through the mistakes I've made in this life.
Countries I’ve Visited
Estonia, Finland, India, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Finland, Japan, United Kingdom