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I love cities, their neighbourhoods, landscapes and the mountains. I am an urban explorer seeing each new city and its people as something exciting. I look for atmospheres, local cultures, people's habits etc. I love music, film, art and everything associated with urban culture. When I travel, I take loads of photographs. I normally avoid tourist sites and is particularily interested in sub cultures, old industrial areas, architecture and urban design. I prefer the raw and edgy urban atmospheres to middle class areas and tourist sites.
Some of my favourite cities are (no surprise) New York, Berlin, Madrid, Damascus. But I travel to experience more cities and would like to meet with other people addicted to urban culture.
In my sparetime I do sports. Cycling is an excellent way to experience urban landscapes and the change of atmospheres. I do rowing in the harbour daily to get a break from the city and to come closer to (urban) nature. Rowing and the sea is my way to relax and get away from everything. In a Danish context I will probably be described as 'outgoing'. However, this may not be the case in a global perspective.
Non-linear philosophy meaning that I don't see my life as a linear development but as an ever changing collage of people, sentiments and places.
"We prefer to do things comfortably. But, I donÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢t want comfortÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÂ¦ I want poetry, I want danger, I want freedom, I want goodness, I want sin" - Aldous Huxley
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I am interested in knowing other people and to get an idea of how they are stitching together everyday life. How do you organize your life, your city, your home, your every day routines? These everyday architectures interest me. And I would like to share my own urban everyday architectures with you. I believe that exhange of every day architectures and a honest attitude to yourself and your surroundings enables a human approach to change things. I have lost faith in politics. Now I believe in people, art and micro-events and narratives as the true lines of flight.
Urban culture, travelling, photography, architecture, film, art, music, philosophy, subcultures.
More on my blog http://kristinesamson.tumblr.com/
By the way - my suggestions for a CPH guide:
http://copenhagen.unlike.net (It is not as fashionable all of it, even though it looks so the flashy pictures)
Music, Movies, and Books
Music in random order:
Stone Roses, Grizzly Bear, Malk de Koijn, J.S.Bach, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Joy Division, PIXIES, Antony And The Johnsons, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Sort Sol, Grandmaster Flash, Björk, Kliché, The Birthday Party, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Jenny Wilson, La Monte Young, Phillip Glass, Mikael Simpson, The Clash, LCD Soundsystem, Bonnie Prince Billy, Beak, Tindersticks, Ladytron, Jesus And Mary Chain, Chicks on Speed, Iggy Pop, Lydia Lunch, My Bloody Valentine, The Kills, The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand, Associates, Gun Club, Velvet Underground, The Pixies, Morissey, Dead Kennedys, The Ramones, Run DMC, Tom Waits, This Mortal Coil, The White Stripes, Cocteau Twins, Interpol, Sonic Youth, Trentemøller, Bauhaus, The Knife, The National, Editors, The Cure, DJ Hell, The Raveonettes, Antipop Consortium, The Rumour Said Fire, So Percussion
A few movies and directors - in a complete messy order: Carl Theodor Dreyer, Kim Ki-duk, Wong Kar-wai, Jean-Luc Godard, Aki Kaurismäki, Woody Allen, Fassbinder, Truffaut, Pedro Almodóvar, No Country For Old Men, Melancholia, BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS David LYNCH, Lars von Trier, Melancholia, The DArdenne Brothers, Rosetta, The Boss of It All, Benny's Video, Michael Haneke, Teorema, A Streetcar Named Desire, Winterreise, Antichrist, Breaking the Waves, The Idiots, En Forårsdag i Helvede, The Five Obstructions, Opening Night, Veronica Voss, A Woman Under the Influence, Lars von Trier, Ulrich Seidl, Gus Van Sant, Werner Herzog, Jørgen Leth, Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop, Un Prophète, Jacques Audiard, Putty Hill, Lars von Trier, Metal Gods, Låt den rätte komma in (aka. Let the right one in), Der Räuber.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
New York: Not only Manhattan but to venture out in the 5 bourroughs to experience a human diversity which is extraordinary.
Damascus: one of the world's oldest cities. The most friendly people I've ever met.
Doing a ph.d. was a radical travel experience. An inward journey
Teach, Learn, Share
I'm always interested in learning from others and their every day experiences. How is life? I know a lot about cities, even though I haven't been there yet, I know things about how they are organized, planned and how history, people, cultures and economics shape cities. So I would always love to hear and be introduced to your city. And I can show you mine...
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Brazil, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Denmark, France, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States