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Marja-Liisa H

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Overview

  • 25 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Finnish, French; learning German, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
  • 112, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • Post-grad student in Literature, tra...
  • MA in English Literature; Life, Book...
  • From Helsinki, Finland
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To see a bit more

ABOUT ME

I'm friendly but a bit on the shy side, nerdy, booky, international - surprisingly, I love travelling and meeting people from all over the world. I've travelled quite a bit and lived abroad for a while, but for most of my life I've lived in Finland. Most of my friends in Helsinki are foreigners, though. The most Finnish thing about me is that I can be quiet when I don't have anything significant enough to say. I can also talk a lot on occasion. I can do small-talk depending on the situation, but love deep discussions on almost any topic.

I do a lot of different kinds of work because I'm interested in way too many things, but if I have to choose, my love for literature and writing always comes first.

I can say stupid things just as easily as smart things, probably more often, and sometimes my brain is phenomenally off, for example when trying to find places... which makes a map my favourity accessory when travelling. Oh and I wouldn't get into a car with myself if I'm driving :)

PHILOSOPHY

Life is what you make of it. Even when bad things happen, it's how you deal with them that matters. That's how you know who you are.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I would like to meet new people whereever I go and would love to show travellers the best of my hometown Helsinki.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I've gotten to know lots of great people through CS meetings and CS friends. I haven't hosted or surfed that much myself, but I'm hoping to be able to do all that in different places around the world!

Interests

Languages, literature, philosophy, history, biology, writing, reading, studying, music, movies, theatre, acting, international organisations, hanging out, walking, travelling, email, deep conversations, occasionally working, drawing, dancing (especially salsa & Latin dances), theory (not practice), tea and chocolate (both hot and cold).

Music, Movies & Books

MOVIES: (out of date) Lost in Translation, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Fight Club, Casablanca, some adaptations of Shakespeare, Thelma and Louise, Shakespeare in Love, The Departed, Moulin Rouge, Les Invasions Barbarians, Todo sobre mi madre, Jet Lag, Match Point, Manhattan, Sense and Sensibility, Dogville, Star Wars (originals), Matrix (the first one), Vertigo, Papillon, All About Eve, High Society, Some Like It Hot, Batman, Finding Nemo, Vicky-Christina-Barcelona...

BOOKS: Mostly fiction, but also popular science, such as Dawkins and Dennett, historical books and biographies.

My Fiction Top Rated List includes: Wide Sargasso Sea (Rhys), L'Etranger (Camus), The Blind Assassin (Atwood), Alias Grace (Atwood), The Hours (Cunningham), Blindness (Saramago), L'Insoutenable légèreté de l'Etre (Kundera), Heart of Darkness (Conrad), Beloved (Morrison), White Teeth (Smith), The Catcher in the Rye (Salinger), La Moustache (Carrère), The Book of Illusions (Auster), Elizabeth Costello (Coetzee), Lolita (Nabokov), 1984 (Orwell), Animal Farm (Orwell), The Castle (Kafka), L'Amant de la Chine du Nord (Duras), Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Carroll), The Woman Warrior (Kingston), The Age of Innocence (Wharton), Tales of Burning Love (Erdrich), Henderson the Rain King (Bellow), Moby Dick (Melville), plays by Shakespeare, Wilde, Beckett, Wilder, Stoppard, poetry by Atwood, Dickinson, Whitman, T.S. Eliot... and this is only the beginning...:)

MUSIC: I like looots of different kind of music from rock to classical: Tori Amos, Counting Crows, Oasis, Coldplay, Travis, U2, Kent, Muse, Placebo, Pink Floyd, Shakira, The Beatles, Sting, Lifehouse, Norah Jones, The Wallflowers, Goo Goo Dolls, Dido, Garbage, Crowded House, Keane, The Cardigans, Leonard Cohen, Cyndi Lauper, Metallica, Dire Straits, Clannad, Kwan, Don Johnson Big Band, Billie Holiday, The Rock Delusion... and classical: Dvorák, Tsaikovsky, Haydn, Grieg.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Tough one... So I guess I have to be boring and go with just discovering life, which has been a slow process, but I hope I'm getting a bit better at it every day ;)

Countries I've Visited

Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Finland, Germany, United Kingdom, United States

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