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Niina Kärkkäinen

Tampere, Pirkanmaa, Finland

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Overview

  • 34 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in Finnish; learning English, Swedish
  • 31, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • No occupation listed
  • Bachelor of Culture and Arts + endle...
  • From Lahti
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

ABOUT ME

I'm a travel fanatic and never get enough. I´m also a bit curious and adventurous so often I find myself exposed to all new. I work in a workshop for disabled youths and enjoy it a lot. (Description still in progress, in the meantime you have to find out the rest on your own. ;)

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I started doing hospitality exchange several years ago through Hospitality club but changed later to this community.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have been hosted by so many amazing people all over the world and without CS this would not have been possible. I´m willing to "keep up the good work" and "pay it forward" as a host and quest.

I´ve collected lots of good experiences and memories from surfing and hosting. I have learnt how great it is to share, trust and get view into things by meeting fellow CSers. This community offers so much more than any guide book in the world can give !!!!

Interests

Fleamarkets/bazaars/markets, atmospheric bars/pubs/cafees, crafts/design, museums & galleries, different kinds of hip happenings/gigs, culture, art, nature, parks, colors, architecture and wooden houses, pearls and all kinds of funny assessories (sometimes I might look like a christmas tree), miniature things, sports & exercise, bicycling with my lovely Pelago bike and I am very fond of the old/vintage bikes. The list goes on.. Vegetarian food (Finnish, Indian, Indonesian, Arabic)and good coffee (I need two cups per day!). I'm excited about Finnish spring and summer and everything they bring because those seasons are too short here in North. I love warm weather and sunny days!

I like to meet new funny people, travel and get to known different cultures! While traveling I want to experience the local way of life. I´m interested to get in everyday life and habits. I like to taste many kinds of food and coffee so you´ll find me from small restaurants, cafes or markets. Usually the best souvenirs are available from local shops. I´m not a fan of tourist attractions !

Music, Movies & Books

Electronic, folk, jazz, experimental, 80`s and world music..
New order, client, björk, ladytron, annie, the knife, depeche mode, nouvelle vague, feist, regina, sigur ros and so on. I'm open minded with music! Also wind humming, waves ripple and bird's song can be music to your ears. Nowadays I've started to like the silence ! :)

I like alternative and short films, animations, documents and so on. Especially european and asian movies are good. Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki is one of my favourites! Those mass production things are not for me.

I don't read that much but I like a lot of magazines and comics go also.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Sand dunes in Sossusvleiv and giraffes. Snorkeling in Indonesia. I catched amazing sight of underwater life. It was mind blowing to swim in the middle of fishcrowds and coral reefs and follow the swimming turtle. Awesome! I met the friendliest people in the world in New Zealand ! ..

Ice-swimming in Tampere was also quite an experience! It was amazing to find so extreme experience from my own culture. Everyone should try combination of sauna and ice-swimming or sauna and rolling in the snow, especially people who try to avoid cold things like I do. And I can't get enough ever from our 24 hour of daylight sun in summer time in Finland. It amazes me year after year!

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach things from human pyramids to scales and Gi-energy! What else do you need to survive from the life?

I would like to learn how to cook delicious ethnic dishes such as indian ;P and taste coffees ! It would be great to get some tips where to find good coffee for souvenir to myself ! I am also ready to explore hidden places.

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Moldova, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Viet Nam, Zambia

Countries I've Lived In

Finland

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