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  • 40 References 21 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Danish, English; learning Swahili
  • 36, Other
  • Member since 2012
  • Occupation: Studying political science, engaging in socia...
  • Education: Learned a lot from the people I have met on fo...
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About Me


Make it colorful. Smile at every opportunity, enjoy and explore the magic and the people of this world, make a political impact, fight for a better world.


A big smile to vagabonds and dreamers; lovers and figthers; wandering people and travellers; pinstriped suits and chilled out rasters, youngsters and geeks, rebels and clowns, globetrotters, moms and pops, the spiky onces and the nerdy onces.
I wish I lived a million years so that I could meet every one of you. With only one life there is no time to waste: Please crash my apartment and my life here.
I easily get bored but I am never bored, I am both impatient and overmotivated. Thus, lets make it colourful, smile at every opportunity, enjoy, explore and get absorbed in the magic and the people of this world.
I will love to hear your idea for one thing I have to learn, see, try, learn or meet before I die. I am keen to try new stuff, crazy or foolish stuff. Please inspire me with anything you think could make me any more open, could make me smile even more, could make me understand something new, could show me a new point of view or could have any meaningful or enriching influence on my life.

“Personal Description”…. hmm… at this point many people have already left references here on couch surfing. If you read some or all of them I guess it can offer a “Personal Description” of me or at least an impression of how it is to meet me. Together with the pictures uploaded here and on my facebook-profile
I believe this conveys an idea of the social side of me. Beside that I think I will mention two other sides: (1)The Nerd Martin: absorbed in literature, academic reading, research, development work, composing songs or cooking. (2) The Idealist Martin: I think as a human one need to work for a purpose transcending oneself. As I am not religious, this higher purpose for me takes the shape of working to change the unfairness of today’s economic architecture – this opens up for tons of ideas and discussions, I welcome them all.

Generally, I am a really happy person, and I therefore never give up cheering up my environment. I enjoy to live full speed and I engage in various social activities, music, development projects , political activism , morning runs, laughing yoga and swimming whenever possible, playing piano in a band and solo , composing childrens’ songs

So let us talk together, walk together, dance together, run or get lost together, enjoy nature and jump together, smile together, read and watch movies together, sing and swim together, cook and eat together, travel together…


Enjoying and exploring the magical people of this world. Engaging in society, helping other people.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


You have a couch, I have a couch. It is easy to share, it is easy to smile and check out all proven benefits of smiling:

Generally I use any opportunity I get to get to know new people: Where I live, where I work, where I study, on the bicycle on the way to and from work, in the train on the way to visit my parents or high-hiking even better. Thus when traveling the natural thing for me is to find people who seem interesting and ask if they can host me for a night - and I have only had great great experiences and several friendships have started through CS.


I have hosted and been hosted various times in Denmark, China, USA, Bangladesh etc.
To me the essence of travelling is to meet people; it is and have been a high priority for me since I finished high school in 2002.
However, I am feeling that couch surfing for me has just started and I imagine that the next ten years will add tenfold to the many exciting experiences I have had so far with CS.


Various social activities, development projects, political activism , playing piano in a band and solo , composing childrens’ songs , laughing yoga, swimming year round in the ocean, costumes and snowball fights, roller blades and movie marathons etc..... Generally, the crazier the thing , the more I love it.

  • literature
  • singing
  • architecture
  • beauty
  • perfumes
  • dancing
  • environment
  • cooking
  • yoga
  • running
  • movies
  • reading
  • traveling
  • socializing
  • magic
  • music
  • piano
  • hiking
  • surfing
  • swimming

Music, Movies, and Books

I read tons of non-fiction books, for instance on evolutionary biology, biology, psychology, positive psychology, social innovation, behavioral economics and development economics.

Some favorit fiction books include:
All of Haruki Murakami’s work especially The Great Sheep Chase. “Midnight Children” by Rushdie, All of George Orwel’s Works. “On Beauty” by Sadie Smith. “The Seducer” by Jan Kjærstad. Plenty of others such as Yann Martel, Paul Auster, Joseph Conrad.

Currently I listen mostly to either funky soul or danish sing&songwriter.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

The most beautiful sight I have ever seen was a late afternoon in a province of Denmark. I had borrowed my parents car driving on the old highway between the two cities Sorø and Slagelse. I was at a hill-top allowing me to see miles the strait road and the traffic miles ahead. Suddenly I hear an ambulance coming from my behind. I pull the car to the side of the road and stop it as to ease the passing of the ambulance. The ambulance passes and as I am holding still in the car I watch the ambulance proceed down the long flat hill. I stay still in my parents’ car as I am struck by the beauty of the sight: As the ambulance proceeds every car miles ahead pull to the side and stop till the ambulance has passed. Viewing this from the hill-top the sight struck: The little non-reciprocal effort of many individual drivers enabling the ambulance to reach a person in need.

Teach, Learn, Share

Professionally I have specialised myself in the area of International Political Economy and specifically on tax justice and development.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kenya, Malawi, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Rwanda, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Denmark, India, Tanzania, United States

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