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Alexander Olsson

Asuncion, Distrito Capital, Paraguay

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Overview

  • 273 Positive References3 Neutral2 Negative
  • Fluent in English, Swedish; learning German, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai
  • 29, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • English Teacher / Photographer
  • A few years of film production at un...
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To earn good money taking photos in Asuncion!

ABOUT ME

I'm living my dream right now, and it can be compromised to four pillars in guiding myself to self-realisation;

CouchSurfing Travelling Teaching Photographing

Addicted to change and alienated to daily routines, I moved to Manchester for a year of partying before moving to Thailand for another one of teaching English. After Thailand I travelled Burma, Nepal, India and 21 countries around Europe during 2012. Now I've moved to the capital of Colombia where I'll reside before travelling South, Central and North America during the next three years.

How I Stopped Worrying and Started to Love Life

A dehumanised daydreamer turned decadent darer, an apathetic alien turned affectionate adventurer, a bored bum turned blabbering baboon..

Being brought up in the relatively sheltered environment of a small town in Sweden, I was finding my purpose in life hard to define, not to even mention materialise. Three years were being spent playing the online shooting game Quake III around ten hours per day, following an abrupt farewell to social life during a house party that went out of hand. Short story is that 120 gangster 'friends' stole jewelry, emptied the fridge and 'made love' in my house's beds to name but a few things they were busy with. I was a delicate 15-year-old, so this inevitably sent me onto a path of misanthropy and loneliness.

A loneliness that was dampened by moving away from home at 20, and completely erased at 22 when I realised travelling, having fun and being nice to good people wherever I go is the meaning of my life. I knew that I could truly enjoy life in any state, I wasn't scared of slowly perishing into decay anymore, and I've felt more mature and experienced for every day that has gone by.

I grew up playing a lot of different sports; ice hockey for 11 years, football for two clubs simultaneously for six, 'Bandy' for five and floor ball for one. Now I regret I never learnt any instruments, but there's always time. :)

My initial dream was always to write and direct movies, while my current dream is to become a travelling photo journalist. But to become that without studying further, I need to travel, write and take a lot of pictures, while teaching here and there.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I heard about CouchSurfing from a Welsh girl in northern Thailand, created my account at an airport in Qatar, and CouchSurfed my first place in the outskirts of London, where I enjoyed extreme hospitality and togetherness. Since then, I've hosted people in my flats and houses in Sweden, in Manchester, England, in Bangkok, Thailand, and in Bogota, Colombia. I've surfed countless(I do count :p) of different places with amazing hosts, and I also frequently attend gatherings and engage in forums in every place I travel or live.

I've now hosted people from 47 countries, and surfed in 32 different countries, as you can see below..

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Hosted: (192)

Trollhättan, Sweden

Fiona Kan - Melbourne, Australia Philipp Steul - Frankfurt, Germany Gaia Che - Seoul, South Korea Aleqzia Braunisch Cosmus - Norrköping, Sweden Henrik Möllberg - Norrköping, Sweden Lasse Martinsson - Stockholm, Sweden Yat Chin Tang - New Territories, Hong Kong Pippin Frisbie-Calder - Denver, USA Stella Bea - Denver, USA Steffen Merker - Braunschweig, Germany Juan Carlos Gonzalez - Guadalajara, Mexico

Manchester, England

Elyne Legarnisson - Reunion Island, France Mehdi Bouazza - Paris, France Líle Ní Dhuinn - Dublin, Ireland Simão Jacques - Lisbon, Portugal Marek Falc - Prague, Czech Republic Mayrin Hernandez - Caracas, Venezuela Alicia Chabert - Castellón, Spain Hannah Hwan - Seoul, South Korea Jukka Ylikörkkö - Oulu, Finland Faycal Elgharbi - Rabat, Morocco Ismail Tazi - Fez, Morocco Arthur Renard - Amsterdam, Holland Martyna Sataite - Vilnius, Lithuania James Harding - Oldham, England Jordan Robinson - Columbus, USA Jack Malik - Bury, England Anete Baškevica - Riga, Latvia Jonah Butt - Melbourne, Australia Alen Kalta - San Jose, USA Piotor Kubasik - Szczecin, Poland Alan Gudiel - San Francisco, USA Samuel Sherwood - Scarborough, England Alana Briggs - Nottingham, England Elena Bonnet - Toulouse, France Monika Hrabovská - Kosice, Slovakia Juliane Harms - Magdeburg, Germany Marta Latka - Krakow, Poland Trisha Thow - Penang, Malaysia Kasza Szelest - Krakow, Poland Lingyun Bao - Shanghai, China Florina Fleuri - Stuttgart, Germany Estelle Flores - Curitiba, Brazil Nicolas Piperno - Montreal, Canada Liz Oliveira - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Chang Yi-An - Taichung, Taiwan Marcus James O Dubhlaoich - Laois, Ireland Anna Reimer - Paderborn, Germany Kirsten Schnelle - Paderborn, Germany Sophie Buchel - Amsterdam, Holland Gillian Bolsover - London, England Debbie Yong - Singapore City, Singapore Shine Liu - Beijing, China Joanna Hentsch - Dresden, Germany Alissa Sutton - Vancouver, Canada Alyssa Hurkett - Melbourne, Australia Antonia Poetsch - Rorbach, Austria Laura Gispert - Remscheid, Germany Vanny Gispert - Remscheid, Germany Laure Sune - Paris, France Vianna Guarino - Bordeaux, France Veronika Joupanova - Moscow, Russia Sindy Jahn - Munich, Germany Ana Mavru - Bucharest, Romania Andrew Kinghorn - Brisbane, Australia Lucy Booth - Sheffield, England Rita Kokay - Budapest, Hungary Cathleen Dänzer - Riesa, Germany Johannes Panzer - Riesa, Germany Hye-Rin Kim - Busan, South Korea Hye-Min Kim - Busan, South Korea Cali Belanger - Vancouver, Canada Katie Melen - Vancouver, Canada Lindsay Jones - Edmonton, Canada Alexandra Romain - Acapulco, Mexico Paola Andrea Arce - Cali, Colombia Juliette Duvert - Toulouse, France Lucie Guenard - Toulouse, France Samia Tissafi - Toulouse, France Ben Perouse - Lyon, France John Prohubdan - Manchester, Bangladesh Stephanie Usry - San Diego, USA Jackie Falk - San Diego, USA Noémi Gyárfás - Budapest, Hungary Judit Gyárfás - Budapest, Hungary Conan Gyárfás - Budapest, Hungary Emily Zammit - Sydney, Australia Nicky Wenzel - Munich, Germany Shannon Brick - Melbourne, Australia Katre Partsioja - Võru, Estonia Anemone Gentsch - Leipzig, Germany Frieso Gentsch - Leipzig, Germany Jennie Brettschneider - Saarbruecken, Germany Jared Burke - Vancouver, Canada Sarah Berkson - Brighton, England Vitalija Glovackyte - Panevezys, Lithuania Nadja Zinn - Dresden, Germany Max Drentschew - Düdelsheim, Germany Pavlina Bela - Brno, Czech Republic Elodie Lê - Saint-Pryve-Saint-Mesmin, France Gemma Sampson - Sydney, Australia Katharina Muggli - Wuerzburg, Germany Belinda Ruth - Sydney, Australia Isabel Kraemer - Heidelberg, Germany Lisa Anderson - Vancouver, Canada Nicole Mclaren - Rochester, USA Polly Lane - Arendal, Norway Charming Michael - New Delhi, India Frederique Gauthier - Montreal, Canada Tereza Dolasova - Prague, Czech Republic Michal Bilik - Topolcany, Slovakia Alina Orlova - Moscow, Russia Caro Marx - Liège, Belgium Anneke Roozen - Den Helder, Holland Ewan O'Connor - London, England James Goddard - Carlisle, England Samuel Buglass - Whitehaven, England Maxi Bethge - Olching, Germany Anais Monnier - Marseille, France Bianca Truhel - Bautzen, Germany Gerard Ferreira - Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago Jade Varidel - Geneva, Switzerland Sara Albaladejo Riba - Barcelona, Spain John Bowen - Kentucky, USA Salie Lim - Singapore City, Singapore Tiffany Lai - Los Angeles, USA Bryden Firth - Edinburgh, Scotland Anne-yael Despreaux - Clermont-Ferrand, France Pauline Baritaud - Toulouse, France Aurélie Lemaitre - Toulouse, France Jose Caucali - Bogota, Colombia Johanna Ralsmark - Lund, Sweden Sophia Wrede - Växjö, Sweden Alice Hegemony - Seoul, South Korea Momme Jacobs - Kiel, Germany Greta Baumgartel - Beechworth, Australia Yimei Zhu - Shanghai, China Didi Zili - Lagos, Nigeria Sandra Thillmann - Marburg, Germany Bence Gambos - Debrechen, Hungary Mark Buckingham - Vancouver, Canada Salvatore Nastasi - Aci Catena, Italy Corinna Haitzer - Vienna, Austria

Phuket, Thailand

Ratih Hapsari - Jakarta, Indonesia Shirley Guan - Guangzhou, China Rebeca Lavado - Madrid, Spain

Bangkok, Thailand

Quynh Dao Dang Nhu - Berlin, Germany Joanna Ramona - Berlin, Germany Janna Jupiter - Berlin, Germany Emma Jupiter - Berlin, Germany Zohra Allana - Karachi, Pakistan Alexandra Liss - San Francisco, USA Bobby Battista - Boston, USA Rita Kokay - Budapest, Hungary Kira Shaid - Birmingham, England Rachel Mali Richter - Swansea, Wales Brian Frank - Tempe, USA Manu Goenka - Jaipur, India Antoine Lortie - Lille, France Kenny Flannery - New York, USA Darby O'Connell - Chicago, USA Christof Leuenberger - Bern, Switzerland Yairo Leuenberger - Bern, Switzerland Alberto Ahmadi - Madrid, Spain Lara san Mamés - Burgos, Spain Luz san Mamés - Burgos, Spain Trisha Camanian - Manila, Philippines Faith Camanian - Bacoor, Philippines Pirmo Sceszny - Wroclaw, Poland Ania Sceszny - Wroclaw, Poland Rune Kjelseth - Harstad, Norway Martina Ielpo - Calabria, Italy Renato Lopes - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Vänersborg, Sweden

Magdalena Siehienczuk - Suprasl, Poland Rūta Babelytė - Siauliai, Lithuania Liene Logina - Latvia, Riga Nina Altenburger - Vienna, Austria

Bogota, Colombia

Jessamyn Rossington - Newcastle, England Devon Murtha - Vancouver, Canada Florian Fish - Traben-Trarbach, Germany Inga Kleschinova - Vologda, Russia Louise Shaw - Leicester, England Luca Jordan - Leicester, England Darby O'Connell - Chicago, USA Nazly Wilchez - Yopal, Colombia Robert Neumaier - Munich, Germany Anny Lulu - Cartagena, Colombia Thomas Kuitenbrouwer - Amsterdam, Holland Julien Cruciani - Marseille, France Elena Habre - Beirut, Libanon Joakim Lindmarker - Stockholm, Sweden Anja Pytrovecka - Ljubljana, Slovenia

Surfed: (131)

Europe, -08

Alain Sato - London, England Robino Robokow - Amsterdam, Holland Rickard Berg - Norrköping, Sweden

Asia, -09

Roger Hernandez - Manila, Philippines Andrin Lutz & Roman Avila - Sheung Wan, Hong Kong He Na - Xiamen, China Laure Sune, Said Chaou & Dron Frederic - Shanghai, China Damien Waltisperger - Nanjing, China Nan Zhao - Beijing, China Bobae Lee - Seoul, South Korea Lindsay Clarke - Seoul, South Korea Alison Cox - Busan, South Korea Yasunari Koyama - Kyoto, Japan Natsuno Shinagawa - Tokyo, Japan Clodia Chen - Tokyo, Japan Scott Cosgriff - Tokyo, Japan

Europe, -10

Will Chum - London, England Vangelis Laois - Birmingham, England Stavros Sabate - Manchester, England Midori Lumsden - Manchester, England Mayrin Hernandez - Liverpool, England Bence Gambos - Newcastle, England Emily Duddy - Newcastle, England Agnieszka Klawinowska - Edinburgh, Scotland Emma Bruce - Edinburgh, Scotland Belinda Ruth - Edinburgh, Scotland Sean Durkan, Lauren Hennessy & Aidan - Dublin, Ireland Marco Hernandez & Moises Tiniakos - Barcelona, Spain Julia Summer & Julia Kohlmaier - Graz, Austria Julia Vogt - Vienna, Austria Helene Glatter-Götz - Vienna, Austria William Beaufoy - Oxford, England Tavis Jefferson - Leeds, England Vikki Carr - Glasgow, Scotland

Asia, -11

Yat Chin Tang - Yuen Long, Hong Kong Queenie Jiang - Kennedy Town, Hong Kong Cecilia Ciou - Macau, China Scott Campbell - Bangkok, Thailand

Europe, -12

Elodie Labonne & Emma Ekman - Gothenburg, Sweden Maggie Ryan - Istanbul, Turkey Bahre Mayor, Abdulhakim Altunkaya & Mazlum Dogan - Istanbul, Turkey Kate Green - Istanbul, Turkey Gönul Topal - Kas, Turkey Ethem Onur Parlar - Izmir, Turkey Sevim Mutlu - Izmir, Turkey Raisa Kalokairimou - Athens, Greece Georgios Stefanis - Trikala, Greece Kiki Christou - Thessaloniki, Greece Rainier Jaarsma - Skopje, Macedonia Lora Vasileva - Sofia, Bulgaria Adriana Batan - Bucharest, Romania Levente Kádár - Targu Mures, Romania Hanga Gaspar - Targu Mures, Romania Raluca-Ramona Calin - Sibiu, Romania Andra Volintiru - Iasi, Romania Cristina Lisii - Chisinau, Moldova Edward Robe - Odessa, Ukraine Andy Suslenko - Kyiv, Ukraine Anna Rudik - Kyiv, Ukraine Yulia Vasetska & Anna Chai - Kyiv, Ukraine Ulya Matsekh - Lviv, Ukraine Ference & Gyorgiy Feher - Budapest, Hungary Andrea Adamcova - Bratislava, Slovakia Marianne Ba - Bratislava, Slovakia Anette Ante - Prague, Czech Republic Vivien Peach - Prague, Czech Republic Ashley Adams - Prague, Czech Republic Martin Stein - Dresden, Germany Kim Nerlich - Berlin, Germany Frankie Morris - Berlin, Germany Geoff Baker - Manchester, England Carol-Ann Costello - Manchester, England Nicole Lacourse - London, England Filipa Vitorino - Lagos, Portugal Francisco Gomes - Lisbon, Portugal Ana Nunes - Lisbon, Portugal Kristine Strautane - Porto, Portugal Luiz Guilherme Lins - Guimaraes, Portugal Clara Garcia - Valencia, Spain Elodie Lê - Orleans, France Olga Wicherek - Krakow, Poland Jonathan Rejaud - Krakow, Poland Patrycja Wieczorek & Ewa Szarlata - Krakow, Poland Agnieszka Gierej - Warsaw, Poland Ula Gie - Warsaw, Poland Magdalena Siehienczuk - Suprasl, Poland Tamara Artajeva - Vilnius, Lithuania Rasa Kazėnaitė - Siauliai, Lithuania Juris Mescerjakovs - Riga, Latvia Liene Logina - Riga, Latvia Maarju Soonberg - Tartu, Estonia Annika Jürimäe & Inga Aalde - Tartu, Estonia Rainu Rainu - Tallinn, Estonia Hanna Ustinova - Tallinn, Estonia Noora Alhopuro - Helsinki, Finland Emisa Lehtinen - Helsinki, Finland Johanna Ylä-Mononen - Helsinki, Finland Virpi Heinola - Helsinki, Finland Janna Rosenqvist - Helsinki, Finland Maija Tamminen - Helsinki, Finland Mia Längö - Stockholm, Sweden Luis Aguilera - Gothenburg, Sweden

Frankfurt Stop-over -13

Diana Marie - Frankfurt, Germany Sara-Lisa Schuh - Frankfurt, Germany

Colombia -13

Vendula Maia - Bogota, Colombia Carolina Arias - Bogota, Colombia

South America -14/15

Bruna Pereira - Santarem, Brazil Claudia Bhirdo - Belem, Brazil Ana Carolina Da Silva Sousa Costa - São Luís, Brazil Leo Felipe - Barreirinhas, Brazil Carlos Getulio & Luis Eduardo - Fortaleza, Brazil Luiza Medeiros - Natal, Brazil Kaliane Santos - Recife, Brazil Rafael Angelo - Recife, Brazil Jeanine Souza - Salvador, Brazil Iara Pezzuti - Belo Horizonte, Brazil Vanessa Portilho - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Thiago Correia & Eduardo Martins - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Jean-Michel Frus - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Iago Rezende - Mariana, Brazil Gustavo Nassif - Ouro Preto, Brazil Paulo Nascimento - Belo Horizonte, Brazil Rayana Bomfim - Sao Paulo, Brazil Anderson Teixeira - Sao Paulo, Brazil Gabriela Blanco - Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Alessandro Goulart - Ciudad del Este, Paraguay Luis Leguizamon - Ciudad del Este, Paraguay

Leandro Kibisz - Posadas, Argentina Ariel Osmar Fernandez - Posadas, Argentina Walter Hoffmann - Posadas, Argentina

Interests

Music, Moments, Madness & Manchester United

Music, Movies & Books

The Sound, Starfucker, Ladytron, Vitalic, Kavinsky, M83, Joy Division, Passion Pit, Arcade Fire, The Prodigy, Editors, The Chemical Brothers, Twin Shadow, Crystal Castles

Before Sunrise, A Clockwork Orange, The Usual Suspects, Chungking Express, Shichinin no samurai, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Koyaanisqatsi, Lost Highway, Memento, Mulholland Drive, Nostalghia, Old Boy, The Empire Strikes Back, Scarface, Waking Life, Yojimbo, etc...

Flight of the Conchords, Twin Peaks, The Wire, The Office, Breaking Bad, Peep Show, Shameless, Black Adder, Dexter, Underbelly, Californication, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace..

I don't read nearly as much as I should..

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Sorry, but I can't limit myself to one single experience.. :p

Crying from happiness when hungry, thirsty, tired, hungover and in need of a shit and a piss in a bumpy, dirty and extremely hot minibus when experiencing inner piece from watching hilltribe children hunt us around the breath taking landscapes of Phonsavan, Laos.

Hosting 9 surfers the same night in Manchester, England.

Surfing the same couch for 24 nights in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.

Partaking in CS Manchester and Istanbul, two of the most active and beautiful CS communities in the world.

Attending a high school beauty pageant and becoming the show's biggest attraction being the only foreigner, having thousands of school girls screaming in excitement in Puerto Princesa, Philippines.

Doing the zip-gliding Gibbon Experience in Bokeo, Laos.

Being Alone in Kyoto, Japan.

Surviving a 75 km/h motorbike crash without a helmet in Pai, Thailand.

Experiencing pure harmony alone with only animals in a desert between Kampot and Kep, Cambodia.

Losing one laptop, four cameras, three phones, two credit cards, one passport, one driver's licence and my pocket money while still surviving three months on the road.

Doing an impulse modeling job on Lamma Island, Hong Kong.

Sleeping a total of around eight hours during one week of constant partying with gays and prostitutes in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Getting spellbound by Ricky Gervais' 'Science' live stand-up, Flight of the Conchords' shenanigans and the Joy Division 30th anniversary concert in Manchester, England.

Becoming a local celebrity after dancing in front of thousands at a Chinese New Year's celebration in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Being assaulted by two ladyboys with umbrellas and knives in Bangkok, Thailand.

Waking up in a bath tub inside a bar/internet cafe seven kilometres away from the hotel without anyone knowing how I got there on Korfu, Greece.

Watching the movie "Chungking Express" in a hotel room with a Chinese Wong Kar-Wai fan in Chungking, Hong Kong.

Fighting with transexual drug dealers in Paris, France.

Auditioning for a commercial of the country's biggest coffee company in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Snorkelling with turtles and sharks around Perhentian Islands, Malaysia.

Staying homeless without money or food on the streets of Osaka, Japan.

Admiring mother earth's miracle in El Nido, Philippines.

Being on the most hallucinogenic, emotional and life-changing trip of my existence with Ukrainian gangsters around the suburbs of Kiev, with me missing my second flight in four days as a result. It was so worth it.

Things I can't go into detail in public profiles, but will be saved for an eventual book on my travelling life. I have stories most of you won't believe or maybe you don't even want to know about, so only way to find out is by hosting or surfing me. :p

visited 49 states (21.8%)

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Republic of, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Republic of, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Colombia, Paraguay, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom

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