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Overview

  • 32 References 22 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Finnish; learning Japanese, Swedish
  • 34, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Translation, electronic music
  • University (MA in translation)
  • From Helsinki, Finland
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About Me

Looks like a lot of horny dudes are confusing CS with Tinder and trying to ruin the couchsurfing vibe nowadays. So let me just start off by saying I'm not one of those guys. :)

Alright so that wasn't the best way to start a profile, but had to be done so people won't shy away only because I'm a guy. Anyway. Hi! I'm Juhana. Since that's not the most convenient name to pronounce in English, I've also been called JJ, Jay, Johann, Yuhannah, John, Jurgan(?), and so on, so pick one. Or make something up, that's what everyone else does.

I'm officially occupied as a Finnish-to-English translator in finance, and just recently graduated from the university, but I also spend a lot of time around electronic music, and tend to keep up several small hobbies at the same time. So I know a little about a lot of things, but haven't yet really decided what I'll be a master of when I grow up.

If asked about my outlook on life, I'd list things like environmentalism, vegetarianism, atheism, polyamory, peace and love and such, which easily gets me labeled as a some sort of urban hippie. A lot of my clothes are black though, which easily gets me labeled as some sort of metal gothy spooky person. Then again, my dayjob at the office makes me seem like a proper middle-class worker, and my computer hobbies make me seem kind of geeky. I can be outgoing one day and kinda introverted the next. As a result, it's not immediately obvious which label I should be stamped with, which confuses some people and amuses me to a degree.

A few people have told me I have a sense of humour, but they were probably lying. Also, of all the people I've met, two have called me intelligent but they have really low standards and were drunk at the time.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

When I get to go outside Finland, I try to avoid having absolutely everything planned out. And instead of, for example, reading travel guides and finding out what the top 5 local museums or restaurants are, for me it's much more enjoyable to just hang out with local people and do whatever everyday thing they like doing. That's my number 1 reason for liking CS.

Interests

Learning is fun, so I'm very easy to lure into trying out new things and I consume plenty of documentaries and TED talks. I'm a computer geek, so I attend demo parties, spend a lot of time all around the Internets and I play a lot of games. By "a lot" I mean I have for example around 3000 hours total on Steam. (Yikes, how much is a red flag?)

Electronic music and the guitar are also close to my heart; I've been composing for many years ( http://byproductmusic.net ) and like to go to electronic music events. Extra points if they're underground ones. I play live and DJ gigs when I get the chance, and help organise events every now and then.

I'm by no means an athlete but I try to stay somewhat in shape by wallclimbing, snowboarding and trampolines, and by preferring my bicycle and feet over cars when at home. I'm environmentally and ethically conscious and try to set a good example without getting too preachy about it. I'm also fascinated by realities and experiences beyond our everyday ones, so if one is speaking for example about lucid dreaming, weird spiritual experiences, mind-altering substances or the like, I'm listening attentively. Shibari is also fun every now and then.

How do I have time for all these things? Idk, I guess I don't? There's never enough time. But I work part-time and don't watch tv, so that helps.

I'm also a bit of a dog person, as my parents have had dogs around longer than they've had me. 2 boxers, a dalmatian, and now a whippet. Woof. (See, I can talk dog language.) Not a stranger with cats either.

Music, Movies, and Books

Yes.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Yes.

Teach, Learn, Share

No!

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Russian Federation, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Finland, Russian Federation, Tanzania

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