Richard Rance

Tønsberg, Vestfold, Norway

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  • Musician/IT/Chef
  • Uppsala University and University of Portsmouth
  • From Witney, England, United Kingdom
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About Me

My name is Rich and I'm an avid traveler and CouchSurfing supporter. I'm a massive music loving, guitar playing, cheese eating, gentle giant, with a huge sense of humour and a talent for making unusual facial expressions.

Since returning from 2 years in Australia at the end of 2011, I've worked in a bakery in Oslo for 4 months, then travelled 3 months around Europe. Now I've decided to settle here in Tønsberg long term and make a life for myself having just bought a house here with my girlfriend. I say that, but I'll probably be off again to a distant land soon, can't help it, I have the bug! Right now I'm working in a restaurant and looking for IT work. I'm also lead guitarist for a band called Synthetic Gentlemen, you can hear our entire album demo on SoundCloud.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I'm a CS ambassador, host & surf as much as I can, organise events and recruit new awesome people. Currently, I'm trying to hard to build a bigger CS community here in Tønsberg. We have a weekly meeting every Wednesday so come down and say hei. If you're in the area please get involved on the Tønsberg place page and spread the word so that we can make the community here a success.
Link for meeting:
LINK for Tønsberg discussion:

I've hosted 80 surfers from 24 countries and surfed 58 couches in 19 countries. There's still plenty more out there. Would love to surf in every country of the world.


Music, guitar, didgeridoo, drums, singing, gigs, travel, cooking, technology, busking, surfing, scuba diving, squash, movies, kite sports and stand-up comedy.

Music, Movies, and Books

Favourite Bands: Metallica, Oasis and Foo Fighters

I like a bit of everything thought from Mozart to Motörhead. I love both performing and watching live music and love learning new instruments. I adore music festivals; Glastonbury (biggest festival in the world) is my happy place, I usually volunteer on the bar for charity. Take a look at my YouTube music channel for some covers I've done. We regularly like to jam at our house too. Check out my profile and you can see what I've been listening to.

Favourite Movies:
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Favourite TV Shows:
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Favourite Books

> Michael Francis - Star Man

> Bill Bryson - Down Under

> J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter Series

> Jon Krakauer - Into The Wild

> Walter Isaacson - Steve Jobs

Current: Ranulph Fiennes - Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Played guitar on stage with American rock band Green Day in 2005, in front of thousands of people. Words cannot describe the feeling. Check out the photo in my photos! Yes, that is me aged 17!

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you how to play the didgeridoo and the guitar.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Fun and friendly host with good conversation
Advice about travelling around Norway and the globe

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, Morocco, Netherlands, Russian Federation, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom

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