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So I'm Viljar (my middle name which I prefer), or Kai (which is my first name and maybe easier to remember). I currently work for a solidarity organisation that works with information about and brigades to Latin America.
I spent one and a half year working for a horseback riding company in Iceland. I have been riding horses since I was seven and I appreciated very much working with these wonderful animals. It was also a great way of getting out in nature.
Topics of interest to me: anti-imperialism, anti-rasism, environmental issues, gender, queer
"While sitting on the banks of the P'u River, Chuang-tse was approached by two representatives of the Prince of Ch'u, who offered him a position at court. Chuang-tse watched the water flowing by as if he had not heard. Finally, he remarked,
"I am told that the Prince has a sacred tortoise, over two thousand years old, which is kept in a box, wrapped in silk and brocade."
"That is true", the officials replied.
"If the tortoise had been given a choise, "Chang-tse continued, "which do you think he would have liked better - to have been alive in the mud, or dead within the palace?"
"To have been alive in the mud, of course", the men answered.
"I too prefer the mud", said Chuang-tse. "Good-bye."
Benjamin Hoff in "The Tao of Pooh"
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Hosting: My home is your home
Surfing: awesome experiences, awesome friends afterwards!
After eight years being active on couchsurfing I've had a lot of really good experiences. I've also learned a lot about tolerance, cultural differences and different perspectives. I've hosted 99 people from 35 different countries since I joined couchsurfing in september 2007. I've also hosted a lot outside of CS, mostly activists, queers and friends of friends that just needed a place to stay in Oslo. I've been hosted 23 times in 17 different countries via CS. I have been hosted while travelling a lot more than that, though. Most of my experiences of being hosted are not organized via CS, as I usually are hosted by people I already know, other people or organisations are fixing place to stay or I sleep in squats where I have contacts.
Here is a complete list over my couchsurfing experience: http://hitchhikersrevolution.blogspot.no/2015/09/my-couchsurfing-experinece.html
mountain hiking, horseback riding, taekwondo, travelling, hitchhiking, dumbster diving, eco activism, queer and trans activism
Here's 108 reasons why Norway i wonderful for nature lovers: http://www.boredpanda.com/svolvaer/
- womens rights
- scuba diving
- bungee jumping
Music, Movies, and Books
"So many books, so little time." Frank Zappa
Khaled Hosseini, Sarah Waters, Henri Charriere, J.R.R. Tolkien, J. K. Rowling, Leslie Feinberg, Arundhati Roy, Gerd Brantenberg, Sofi Oksanen, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Stieg Larsson, Lars Saabye Christensen, Mo Yan, Isabel Allende, Jakob Ejersbo, Einar Már Guðmundsson, Marjane Satrapi
Wanna swap books? Ask me if I'm hosting you/ surfing your couch!
Timbuktu - Jag drar
Keny Arkana - La Rage
kaizers Orchestra - Hjerteknuser
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
* I've been celebrating 8th of March in a liberian refugee camp in Ghana.
* I've been in demonstrations in Palestine against the apartheid wall.
* I've also been celebrating 1st of May in Colombia!
* I've been trekking in Nepal.
* I've hitchhiked around Iceland and also done some hikes there.
* I've heard Dalai Lama speach in Dharamsala. And I've heard Hugo Chavez speach in Managua.
* I've volunteered at a Mother Theresa-home in Calcutta.
* I've taken motorcycle taxis in Tanzania. Loved it!
* I've bungee jumped in Rjukan, Norway.
* I've hitchhiked Oslo - Berlin on my own
* I've cuddled with cheetahs at a south african rescue sentre
* I've tried beeing a gaucho in Argentina
* I rode a camel from Pushkar to Jodhpur in Rajasthan (186 km)
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach you some self defense techniques, since I'm a self defense instructure.
Norway is a very good country for hiking, so if you want hiking tips, I can tips you about really spectacular mountains where you will meet almost no other people, and definitely no other tourists.
Or, if it's winter, I can tell you about good places to go skiing.
What I Can Share with Hosts
- Hiking company
- Weird facts about grammar and viking sagas
- Stories from around the world
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Palestine, Peru, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Western Sahara
Countries I’ve Lived In
Colombia, El Salvador, Iceland, Norway