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  • 225 References 73 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Norwegian, Spanish; learning French
  • 42, Female
  • Member since 2006
  • Senior IT Consultant
  • School and the school of life.
  • From Arendal, Norway
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About Me


Enjoy life! Enjoy Summer!


PS: MY name is NOT Machita or Machita75. If you do not post my real name - your couch request will be rejected. You can find it in my references.

When you request my couch, Please be specific regarding dates - if you don't know your dates - you're likely too early to send a couch request!
I arrive "Sometimes in July" is NOT good enough.
I need to arrival and departure date and time before I will accept.

I LOVE to travel, I host when I can and I have travelled the AFS and Couchsurfing way ever since I was 17 (however my family started hosting AFS exchange students already when I was 16).
I love to meet other like-minded people and I love the opportunities that the Couchsurfing network gives to meet people like you!

I am a person that puts a big effort into spending time with my friends whom i care deeply for. I like people to feel comfortable around me and I often spend a lot of energy to make sure they do. This said, I also need my space alone to recharge the batteries.

Im a social butterfly and I love getting to know new people, but because I put lots of energy into being there for others, I also have periods where I like to be alone and need time for my non-CS friends.

I love animals and I have a beautiful cat, Saffi, a longhaired persian.


"To realize one's destiny is a persons only obligation."
- From "The Alquemist" - by Paolo Coelho

Life is about embracing each others imperfections instead of complaining about them.

I also loved these short words of wisdom:
"My Favorite Thing About Gummy Bears Is Knowing That They Can't Fight Back When You Bite Their Heads Off =)"

Everything will be ok in the end, if it's not OK, its not the end!

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Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I am really passionate about Couchsurfing and all the friends i have found through this community. I used to be a very active member in many of the volunteer teams, however I am not able to do so any more. Now I only host occationally and meet friends I have made through the project.


Hosted "104" / Surfed "52"

Hosted Sherice from Pittsburg
Been hosted by Anni in UK

Will Host: Anni (81) from Finland
Will Host Anick-Marie (49) from Canada
Hosted: Florian (80) from Switzerland
Hosted: Irena (103) from Czech Republic and Ze (104) from Brazil
Travelled with Emma in Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

Hosted Anick-Marie (49) from Canada
Hosted Maikel (75) from The Netherlands
Been Hosted by Birgit & Felix in Orth an der Donau, Austria
Been Hosted by Steven (46) & Katrien (47) in Roeselare, Belgium
Been hosted by Alfredo (7) in Rome, Italy
Been hosted by Giampiero (6) in Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Travelled with Anni in Rome, Napoli & Salerno, Italy

Hosted: Roger (102) from Arizona, USA
Been hosted by: Liewe (51) and Lien (52) in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Been hosted by: Aldo (50) in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Been hosted by: Maikel (48) & Angelique (49) in Eindhoven, Netherlands
Been hosted by: Steven (46) & Katrien (47) in Gent, Belgium
Been hosted by: Anni (27) in Aberdeen, Scotland
Hosted Tarek (100) from Egypt
Travelled with: Magnus from Sweden in Costa Rica
Been hosted by: Melanie in Houston, Texas (45)
Hosted: Maikel (75) & Angelique (101) from Netherlands
Hosted: Randall (38) from Costa Rica & Tarek (100) from Egypt

Hosted: Randall (38) from Costa Rica
Been hosted by: Martin (43) and Ellie (44) in Finland
Been hosted by: Øyvind (10) and Madeleine (42) in Norway
Hosted: Øyvind (35) and Madeleine (99) from Norway
Hosted: Arthur (98) from Brazil and Øyvind (35) from Norway
Hosted: David (97) from France
Hosted: João Pedro (96) from Portugal
Hosted: Eduardo (94) & Carmen(95) from Argentina / Spain
Hosted: Ashley (93) from USA
Hosted: Antoine (91) & Laure (92) from France
Hosted: Harlem (90) from USA
Hosted: Sergio (89) from Italy
Hosted: Steven (66) & Katrien (88) from Belgium
Hosted: Diana (87) from Mexico
Hosted: Åse (86) from Norway
Been hosted by Chris (24) and Sarah (41) in London
Hosted: Luiz (84) from Costa Rica and Maui (85) from Mexico
Hosted Øyvind (35) from Norway
Hosted: Maikel (75) from Netherlands
Hosted: Chang min Chu (82) and Yunlian (83) from Singapore
Hosted: Anni (81) from Finland
Hosted: Florian (80) from Switzerland
Hosted: Wendy (79) from Netherlands
Been hosted by: Wendy (39) and Tom (40) in Tromsø, Norway2010
Been hosted by: Simon (37) and Tirsa (38) in Copenhagen, Denmark
Been hosted by: Roberta (9) in Rome, Italy
Been hosted by: Bjørn (36) in Bremen, Germany
Hosted: Oscar (77) and Laura (78) from Mexico
Hosted Daniel (76) from Germany
Been hosted by Daniel (35) from Germany
Hosted Jon (41) from Norway
Hosted Maikel (75) from Netherlands
Been hosted by Carissa (32), Cindy (33) and Zach (34) in California, USA
Been hosted by Alexandra (29) in California, USA
Been hosted by Marco (19) in California, USA
Been hosted by Denise (31) in Arizona, USA
Been hosted by Amanda (30) in Arizona, USA
Been hosted by Linda (1) in Oslo, Norway
Hosted Christiano (73) & Simona (74) from Italy

Hosted Randall (38) from Costa Rica
Hosted Clement (72) from France
Hosted Sylvain (71) from France
Hosted Thomas (54) from Germany
Hosted Anick-Marie (49) from Canada
Been hosted by Marco (19) in Los Angeles, CA, USA
Been hosted by Alexandra (29) in Fullerton, CA, USA
Hosted Alexandra (70) from CA, USA
Hosted PapaSteed (69) from Switzerland / USA
Hosted Ludwig (67) and Philip (68) from Germany
Hosted Steven (66) from Belgium
Hosted Øyvind (35) from Norway
Hosted Tim (64) and Jeroen (65) from Netherlands
Been hosted by Kalliope (29) in Greece
Been hosted by Vince (18) and Anni (27) in Switzerland
Been hosted by Lisa (25) and Fabian (26) in Switzerland
Hosted Giampiero (17) and Alessandro (18) from Italy (June)
Hosted Mariann (64) from Norway / UK
Hosted Chee (62) and Noralina (63) from Malaysia
Hosted Peter (61) from Germany
Been hosted by Chris (24) in London, UK
Hosted Steffi (60) from Germany
Been hosted by Chris (24) in London, UK
Been hosted by Alfredo (7) in Rome, Italy
Been hosted by Chris (24) in London, UK
Hosted Gelzi (DE) (54), Brie (DE) (55), Joris (56) & Liesbeth (BE) (57), Xavier (FR) (58) and Carolina (NL) (59)

Been hosted by Menno (21) in Amsterdam, NL
Been hosted by Nicolas S (22) and Tomek (23) in Rotterdam, NL
Been hosted by Menno (21) in Amsterdam, NL
Been hosted by Rachel (20) in Berkeley, CA, USA
Been hosted by Marco (19) in Los Angeles, CA, USA
Hosted Francesco (53) from Italy
Hosted Brenda (52) from Australia
Been hosted by Vince (18) in Gossau, Switzerland
Been hosted by Jasper (16) and Liza (17) in Utrecht, NL
Been hosted by Sanna (15) in Bremen, DE
Been hosted by Gunilla (14) in Stockholm, SWE
Been hosted by Fernando (13) in Bremen, DE
Hosted Fernando (51) from Mexico
Hosted Jenn (9), Dominikys (50) and Karolis (10) from Lithuania
Hosted Anick-Marie (49) from Canada
Been hosted by Jenn (11) and Peter (12) in Vilnius, Lithuania
Hosted Sven (48) from Norway
Hosted Giampiero (17) and Simona (47) from Italy

Hosted Flavio (45) and Luca (46) from Italy
Been hosted by Bente and Pål (4 + 5) from Norway
Hosted Jenn (9) and Anze (44) from Lithuania
Been hosted by: Øyvind (10) Norway
Travelled with Øyvind in Italy and Norway
Been hosted by Roberta (9) in Rome, Italy
Been hosted by Fulvio (8) in Rome, Italy
Been hosted by Alfredo (7) in Bologna, Italy
Been hosted by Giampiero (6) in Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Hosted Lina Mata (43) from Costa Rica
Hosted Rob O'Connor (42) from USA
Hosted Jon (41) from Norway
Hosted Susanne (40) from Germany
Hosted Dave (39) from England/Finland
Co-surfed Bentes and Påls place with Flavio & Carlo, Aimee & Jessica, Liewe & Lien, Ricard, Celine & Sam
Been hosted by Bente and Pål (4 + 5) in Norway
Hosted Randall (38) from Costa Rica
Hosted Joy (36) and Chen (37) from China
Hosted Øyvind (35) from Norway
Hosted Eva (33) and Fabio (34) from Italy
Hosted Elisabeth (32) from Austria
Hosted Judith (31) from USA
Hosted Sam (30) from Australia
Hosted Evita (28) and Karlis (29) from Latvia
Hosted Joanna (26) and Justine (27) from Poland
Hosted Marco (25) from France
Hosted Roberta (23) from Italy and Rachel (24) from HK
Hosted Allison (21) and Andrin (22) from USA
Hosted Marianne (19) and Dimitry (20) from Belgium
Hosted Giampiero (17) and Alessandro (18) from Italy
Hosted Elisabete (16) from Portugal
Hosted Kerryn (15) from Australia
Hosted Laura (14) from Spain
Hosted Jen (12) and Amanda (13) from USA
Hosted Klemens (11) from Austria
Hosted Jenn (9) and Dominykus (10) from Lituania
Hosted Karen (7) and Janice (8) from Hong Kong
Hosted Claudio (5) and Maurizio (6) from Italy
Hosted Will (4) from USA
Hosted Jeff (2) and Myriam (3) from France
Travelled with Barbara from Holland in CR
Been hosted by Cyril (3) in San Jose, Costa Rica
Been hosted by Jeniffer (2) in David, Panama

Hosted Santiago (1) from Guatemala

Been hosted by Linda (1) in Oslo, Norway
Travelled with Andy from USA in Costa Rica, 1999
Travelled with Eve from New Zealand and Oneshi from USA in Costa Rica, 1993 for 11 months.

I have also done loads of offline Couchsurfing Partied with and met for sightseeing: Many more ...

Music, Movies, and Books

Books: I love reading. I read a lot my favourite genres are Young Adult, sci-fi and Fantasy.

Music- I love music and my taste of music is very varied. This is because I listen to music that match the mood Im in and I also attach music to memories.

Rock, classical, romantic, Latin american, Indie, are my favourite genres.

Movies - I LOVE movies. Im a daydreamer and I have quite a good fantasy. I also can totally live myself into a story I watch and read, SOME (not all listed) of my favourite movies are:
Per Genres: Comedy, Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Thriller, Facts, Nature Documentaries etc.

TV shows:
The Simpsons, House, The Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, How I met your mother, That 70s show, One Tree Hill, CSI, NCIS, Dexter and several others.
I also love National Geographic shows about volcanoes and other major forces of nature.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I have done and experienced so many amazing things in my life, and I am so glad there is much more to come!

Amazing thing done
The most important thing I did in my life was what woke me up as an explorer and also thought me so much about my own personality.
- I travelled to Costa Rica as an exchange student in 1993 and was hosted by a local family and attended public school for 1 year. It was a genuinely marvelous experience and the meeting with a so different and fascinating culture from my own has made me love the warm and friendly people of Costa Rica as well as the gorgeous nature in Costa Rica.
It tought me so many things about myself and people around me and opened up my mind to so many new impulses. I have later always been drawn to this ambient of travelling and openminded people :)
It is really addictive.

Amazing things seen
Sun set over the desert/beaches. Listening to the dripping from the rain on the leafs in the in the cloudforest.
Felt the wingstrokes from hummingbirds swarming around my head (like small motor engines).
Photographing poisonous frogs the size of my thumb finger nail (at 5am) surrounded by howler monkeys.
Standing by the foot of a very much alive rumbling volcano watching the lava stream down from the perfect cone while listening to the gas explotions from it. Beautiful view over the snowy alps.
Sun shining on recently fallen crystalized snow in the forest.

People: A smile from a stranger becoming your friend. The bonds with the people that opened their hearts and home for me when I lived in Costa Rica, that made my 1 year stay into a safe place, that showed a stranger love and treated me like family.
LOVE - from Family and Friends that encourage you and support you, no matter what you go through.
A pets unconditional love. My cat is so wonderful

Other than that, I have done and seen quite a bit wonderful things in my life.
I once did outdoor bbq in -17C during winter with a friend of mine. Food almost froze before we could eat it, even straight from bbq.

Teach, Learn, Share

We can all learn from each other !

Being open-minded, respectful, polite and treat each other in a good way, we can make the world a better place. The intercultural exchanges between people from different cultures gives us the opportunity to make new friends amongst people we would have never have met in other ways.
Making friends from all the world is a fantastic way to fight for world peace.

In case you are interested, I have added a few links to helpful information on CS

* Safety
* Safety guidelines and tips for travellers
* Terms of Use
* CS Guidelines
* Member Dispute & Safety FAQ .

Other Useful links

* Frequently Asked Questions
* Verification

* Cheat Sheet
* How to Search and Request a Couch
* How to write a couchrequest
* How to be a good guest
* How to be a good host
* How to customize your profile

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, Costa Rica, Norway, United States

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