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Overview

  • 84 References 55 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Finnish; learning German, Swedish
  • 43, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • controller (booking.restel.fi)
  • master of science (management accounting)
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About Me

If it´s hard to find a host in Helsinki, see below some tips to visit other cities or Tallinn for reasonable prices. Autumn 2017 there will new hostel MYÖ (check FB) be opened a bit out of center, the speciality is their support ro disabled people employment (staffing) and small scale manufacturing (e.g. furniture).

We are ready to host sometimes (note we hope your first day arrival is by about 10pm, later days are flexible). If we give you maybe status, it must be changed to yes/no before it's agreed or not, for many contacts we need to check our updated plans. Make a couch requests, not message with question, request makes it possible to follow on calender and write later host/guest. And we prefer 2-3 nights stays as one evening is often too short to know people who will visit us. We will make an exit (undefined lenght) from hosting (people we don´t know already) from December 2017 when our new family member will born.

Whatsapp plus358407691285

Generally we feel that we don't have mostly possibility to make exact plans during guest stays so we expect contacts from people who understand family lite with ups and downs at short notice.

We hope you reply soon, if we offer couch, sometimes there were simply too many people who we expected to come and we never heard of finally. Then couch can maybe offered to someone else. Cancel your request if you found a couch while we didn´t reply yet, it might save a place for someone else for last minute request. Normally we can´t take last minute requests but you can try, sometimes it might work out (normally we do that from couch request forums by ourselves). I you want to change your visit timing, ask in good time, sometimes it´s possible, sometimes not (e.g. in summer there might be that new guests come same day as earlier leave.

If you take an early flight , take night bus to airport (more expensive between 2-4.30 am) and stay there in rest room, Helsinki has no good early public transport connections , e.g. for 6.30 am flight you have to leave us around 4am and walk to bus stop for 15-20 mins, simply bette leave late and stay a bit longer at airport (or look for host directly connected to airport)

We have on Wednesday evenings male/female sauna hours open for anyone and might get free times along the week from neighbours cancellations so make us aware of your interest to try sauna (you can go in private in those cases, if there´s time available). Our time (at least 60 mins) is on Saturday, we can split it with guests.

If you prefer sleeping outside with your own sleeping bag, our small balcony on silent (until kids arrive to playground in the morning) yard side (5th floor) is an option.

Some tips for travel discounts for Finland to Estonia.

You can buy Helsinki -Tallinn day cruise www.eckeroline.fi cheaper than normal site rates using
code SYYSLOMA will give 8€ between 17.-31.10. except Saturdays (12€) and maybe some dates are already sold-out -for campaign prices

A surfer from Finland is one of the developers of this application for smart phone. It seems useful for inner-Finland routes and is free to use. www.perille.fi (load application to mobile phone) . I tried and find cheap solutions to go to our summer cottage on random July dates so it seems really good to combine different method of transportation for low rates. You can give feedback to company/developers directly if you have some. It has now Tallinn connections from 2017 also included.

ABOUT ME

I´m working in managerial accounting task, educated but not for titles, instead for understanding. My work is on laptop so not too bound to office times. I will mostly be staff of Scandic hotels chain from late 2017 on.

Even if I´m metal fan, I am not into "black phenomenas" or too wasted life styles. We like "unique" better than "cliche". E.g. white T-shirt of Summerbreeze metal festival:).

Our sms number you find in my profile, works also for whatsapp, note that we are not always online with whatsapp, so make clear arrival with written messages in advance..

My partner for hosting you: https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/maria-christin-luther

PHILOSOPHY

Not mine but found it and I like it: "We used to be same age, now I´m much younger". Whatever it means individually...

Links:

Helsinki sceneries with urban nature

http://www.visithelsinki.fi/sites/default/files/legacy_files/files/Esitteet/EN/helsinki_urban_nature_a4.pdf

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Social interaction, for us it´s easiest on weekends or if you stay longer than short evening during working week.
www.stadissa.fi (i post some events of Helsinki from here (or similar sites) to Helsinki forums (
We like to invitations to visit places afterwards (due to limited time, lots of contacts to Germany and lots of known people it might take time but we travel about every 2nd year a bit more, Central Europe is most likely destination.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

member with same user name at hospitalityclub-> check my profile there, been member for 10 years
CS experiencies only offering a couch or joining meetings/camps
the least-wanted experiencies seem to be one-night stays, with late arrival/early departure, that´s when hostels are ideal, one just wasting own sleeping time waiting late and waking too early up, additionally we are family with changing situations so sometimes day might be stressy and we are upset of it
It´s simply nice to meet nice people and be part of their trip , we made many friends for lifetime from different destinations.

Interests

listening to rock/metal/folk music, bicycling, traveling, boating, festivals, German language, speanding summer time at cottage close to national park Isojärvi

must add walking, as I walk a lot instead of using public transport in daily life

  • dogs
  • books
  • spas
  • festivals
  • breakfast
  • working out
  • walking
  • partying
  • boating
  • traveling
  • couponing
  • music
  • folk music
  • fishing
  • hiking

Music, Movies, and Books

rock/metal music in general but almost anything can be good
too lazy to read, only to brush up my language skills
all the best things were already long time ago made in all these areas of culture:), so I´m not following scenes actively...and I mostly hate comebacks..
Helsinki has good offer even cheap culture events, festivals or evenings, just ask for a tip. I've put some sometimes to events section of cs site.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

going through difficult periods in my life, creating own "career" by working hard and with desire
making a solid relationship with my girl friend

Teach, Learn, Share

Helsinki summary for you

http://www.visithelsinki.fi/sites/visithelsinki.fi/files/files/Esitteet/EN/hmo_eng.pdf

Discussion about Helsinki experience, please add yours If you found sth to share.

https://www.couchsurfing.com/nearby/threads/19564358/60.171116/24.931419/Helsinki,%20Uusimaa,%20Finland

2016 new nature trip by ferry from center or Helsinki, 7€, fr. 14.5.

http://www.nationalparks.fi/vallisaari?inheritRedirect=true

What I Can Share with Hosts

We try to offer some Finnish speciality if we have enough time to make a dinner or just let you try a beer, baked dessert. And lots of local info. Still I recommend everyone checks Helsinki booklet under visithelsinki.fi and picks it up from tourist information in Helsinki, it´s valuable and even for me it´s quite hard to recommend anything (places).

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom

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