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Embarking on a journey of spiritual and personal growth through fulfilling my travel dreams (Asia and Australia) and dedicating time to other things I love - dancing, playing music, yoga, horses and photography.
I feel like a multinational person as I'm half Finnish and half Polish, I've lived in Spain for almost 5 years and apart from that I'm travelling frequently ^^ So I'd say restless and spontaneous are two words that describe me quite well.. I'm also an open-minded, adventurous and caring person.
I finished my BA degree in Tourism at the end of 2014 after which I had sort of a gap year. I volunteered at a family-run riding center in Portugal after which I went for a 2-month backpacking trip around South America - one of the best experiences in my life :) After that I've been working as a hotel receptionist in the UK and camping site manager in Finland. And now I'm off for another adventure - South-East Asia and Australia (in total 12-15 months).
I'm interested in quite many things but I'm especially passionate about horses, music (playing the piano and guitar and singing) and dancing (bachata, kizomba and salsa above all). I've also been practicing yoga for more than one year and it has brought much needed balance for my mind (+ strength and flexibility for the body). I love meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds, and hear about their travel and life stories :)
Live every day as if it was your last (unfortunately this usually turns out to be more difficult than expected..)
A hug is worth a thousand words. A friend is worth more.
Live and let live.
"Sing like no one is listening, love like you've never been hurt, dance like nobody's watching and live like it's heaven on earth" - Mark Twain
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I started to surf again a couple of months ago as I'm travelling long term, I've experienced incredible hospitality and made good friends in different countries. I used to have a flat in Malaga with my bf for 1,5 years and during that time I hosted couch surfers almost every week.
I've been hosted many times in different countries - alone and with a friend and I've hosted many people in Malaga when I was renting out a flat with my bf. I've had many great experiences with cs and I think that it's definitely the best way to experience the local culture and to meet interesting people :)
Horses - Especially natural horsemanship and trail riding.
Jam sessions - Playing the piano & guitar + singing.
Dancing - Salsa, bachata & kizomba
Ashtanga and acro yoga
Travelling - will never get tired of it ;)
Vegetarian & vegan food + nutrition in general
Books and movies (especially fantasy, comedy, mystery)
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Great Gatsby, Inception, Cloud Atlas, Dirty Dancing 1-2, Step Up, Honey, Hidalgo, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, The Choice, The Holiday, Mamma Mia, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Shrek, Slumdog Millionaire ...
Music: Latin (especially salsa and bachata), R&B, kizomba, hip hop, pop&rock ballads, soul, reggae, house, oriental meditation/relax music .. I like many kinds of music but the only ones I can't stand are metal and techno.
Books: Elizabeth Gilbert's "Eat, Pray, Love" is the book that has inspired me most. Lately I've discovered "The Celestine Prophecy" and its sequels by James Redfield and "The China Study" about nutrition by Dr. Campbell. I also love to read Paulo Coelho, Torey Hayden, Nicholas Sparks, J.R.R. Tolkien, Patrick Rothfuss, Sophie Kinsella, Cecelia Ahern, Stephenie Meyer and yeah still Harry Potters, love them :D
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Tantra yoga retreat in Chiang Mai, Thailand - it was a heart and soul opening experience and I met incredible people.
3 day diving course on Koh Tao, Thailand - I was afraid of deep water but got over it and got my diving certificate
Solo traveling around India and South East Asia for 2 months - visited spectacular national parks, rain forests, beaches, temples etc. and met amazing people on the way :)
My first backpacking trip in South America for 2 months (Peru, Bolivia and Chile). Visited amazing places like Machu Picchu, Salar de Uyuni, Colca Canyon etc.
Galloping bareback on a horse in Spain
SSD & CSSF - 10 day latin dance festival in Croatia with my sister. Amazing dancers & workshops, great beach & pool parties and beautiful scenery. The best holiday ever ;)
Teach, Learn, Share
I could teach you some of the languages I know, horse-back riding, some basics of piano playing and dancing salsa and bachata. I'm also an expert on how to travel without spending too much money ^_^
I would love to learn more about natural horsemanship and to play the guitar better. I also want to improve in yoga and learn how to meditate - I find it really hard though cause I have such a restless mind ;/ I also want to try new activities such as surfing, diving, kayaking etc.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I usually cook something for my hosts :)
I can also teach you any of the things mentioned above or help you with pets if you happen to have any.
Countries I’ve Visited
Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Finland, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom