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Overview

  • 72 References 43 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Finnish, German, Swedish; learning French, Italian, Turkish
  • 87, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • Freelance musician
  • No education listed
  • From Duckpond
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Loving myself. It's harder than you think, just try.

ABOUT ME

Sometimes when I hear of a crazy idea, I feel an urge to fulfil it only in order to be able to say: "Been there, done that".

I'd say I'm hungry for knowledge and always take a chance to learn something new from the people I meet.

Only a few days old I was on my first nature trip with my family and still living in metropols nothing really takes me in and gives me energy like a peaceful forest.

Growing up on the west-coast of Finland as a Swedish-speaking Finn (this community is also referred to as the duck-pond, due to its small size), switching between two languages at the dinner table I got to know different cultures through my countless sisters and brothers who became our family members for a year with the exchange program AFS.

Ever since, I've spent most of my adult life abroad, studying law in Germany, as an exchange-student in Istanbul and hitch-hiking across the Eurasian continent but most of all finding friends, lovely people and even more sisters and brothers on the way.

Three years ago however, after a vipassana retreat in India, songs and melodies started pouring out of me involuntarily. It was like music chose me as a channel and now that I'm liberated from my law-studies I've started to fully focus on music with a surprising flow. In August I'll record my very first EP but until then you can find me on the streets of Berlin, pouring out my deepest thoughts to complete strangers passing by. I love it.

PHILOSOPHY

When I was a child my mom used to tell me I can do anything. I must have believed her, otherwise I wouldn't have dared to even try all the things I'm doing now.

Anitsha... anitsha... everything in life is passing.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Hosting, surfing, meetings, you name it!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

-I met some of my best friends, actually all my closest friends nowadays are from cs...
-I organized a hide and seek-game in IKEA.
-Once we ate breakfast on the afternoon in the middle of a tourist-crowd at the Brandenburger gate.
-I've met loads of wonderful hosts and surfers allover the world while hosting and surfing.

(Btw, I'm not 86 years old.. it was just my way of filtering out junk-dating requests during my time in Istanbul. It worked quite fine!!)

Interests

Music, spinning (I'm the instructor screaming in the front "you can do it!"), swimming, cooking, knitting and sewing (sometimes whenever I can't find clothes I like, I just make them myself), street-art, doing random crazy things, dancing and feeling the music, flash-mobs, being silly, playing guitar and writing songs, singing, making people smile, photography, AFS and meditation.

But most of all I have to warn you. If you hang out with me there's a high chance that I'll try to convince you to join me to a blues dancing party. Just letting you know...

  • arts
  • writing
  • singing
  • photography
  • dancing
  • capoeira
  • cooking
  • breakfast
  • coffee
  • meditation
  • partying
  • blogging
  • knitting
  • music
  • guitar
  • blues
  • hiking
  • surfing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • languages
  • law
  • hitchhiking

Music, Movies, and Books

You can find anything from opera and classical music to metal, oldies and pop-music on my playlist, depending on my mood. I'm a collector of music. Good music. So please introduce me to a band I haven't heard of yet!!

For me, every music has a time and space in order for it to become magical. I prefer listening to jazz live, closing my eyes in a classical concert and feel the music pouring over me like water. But whenever I catch groovy music I start shakin' it, be it in the queue of the bakery. If I see a guitar I have to start playing it. Even if I sometimes need to hold myself back from dancing and singing along in public places to some great song, I still don't sing under the shower.

Sometimes however I need silence, less music. In stead I've only started listening to my own tunes and making songs out of whatever pops into my head.

I'm a singer-songwriter armed with a guitar and ukulele.

If you're curious here's a taste of my music:

https://youtu.be/gU2Ft7VJd90

https://soundcloud.com/laurahoo

https://www.facebook.com/laurahoomusic/

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Just about every single second of my hitch-hiking trip all around Asia was simply incredible. Go ahead and check out our blog:

asiawaitsforus.weebly.com

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you
how to bake "pulla" (tasty finnish cinnamon-rolls)
any of the languages I know, just pick one ;)
skiing, snowboarding or ice-skating,
knitting
Blues dancing

What I Can Share with Hosts

I can sing you a lullaby. Or a motivational song, or something about chocolate.

Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Georgia, Greece, India, Italy, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Finland, Germany, Turkey

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