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"What a strange world, one enters as another one leaves." - Some of the last words of my Finnish Grandma, just as I was entering the world.
For a while I was an incredibly cute toddler with straight white blonde hair. Sometimes as an adult I look through my glasses at my hairy arms, touch my dirty-blond curly hair and wonder when did it all start to go so wrong!
I normally either get told I am sarcastic and quiet or warm and friendly, so no idea which is the truth. People say I look intelligent a lot, they don't say I am intelligent all that much, but at least they feel I look it.
Some facts: My mother is a Finn, I broke my back when I was 17, I'm very good with animals, I like personal space and disappear for a while sometimes (even at parties that I am hosting!), I cooked a rattlesnake once, I've eaten quite a bit of reindeer, I've homemade francesinhas and lived to tell the tale (google them) and my favourite possession is a wooden bowl from my uncle.
"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody"-J.D.Salinger
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
At the moment I am living with my parents, so you would have to befriend me before I would even be able to consider hosting you (their rules not mine).
But I would love to be a guide to just about anyone who wants to see Birmingham/Walsall/the Midlands generally. When I get my driving practical test completed (in the next month or two) there will be a lot of really great day trips which will become practical options.
Odd people,introverted people, people who don't feel they fit in, cooking, nature, animals, birds, fishing, ale drinking, wood carving, collecting objects, eating, gardening.
Music, Movies, and Books
Films: Pee Wee's Big Adventure (the best film I have ever seen, bar none), Moon, The Burden of Dreams, Ghost Dog, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Jurassic Park, American Movie, Labyrinth, Twelve Monkeys
Directors: Terry Gilliam, Werner Herzog, Jim Jarmusch, David Lynch, Ridley Scott
Music: Mount Eerie, The Microphones, Velvet Underground, King Tubby, Jeffrey Lewic, Nic Jones, Why?, Regina, Paavoharju, Bonnie Prince Billy, Townes Van Zant
Authors: Philip K Dick, Mark Twain, Vonnegut, Herman Hesse, Tove Jansson, A. A. Milne, books on nature and wildlife
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
- In the northern mountains of Zacatecas State, Mexico -
I was sitting alone on the dry desert floor. The moon was glowing swollen and full, surrounded by innumerable stars. My dusty seat was enclosed by the gangly looming yuccas, in the dark they seemed like prehistoric monsters, twisting and fighting around each other.
There were regular creaks, moans and shuffles in the blackness, coming from small mice with bushy tails, rattlesnakes and scorpions. Every single plant in the region would present a hostility of thorns if you came within touching distance.
And then the sound started. Close your eyes and listen to this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3MrcUUzKgo. Imagine hearing that tortured sound emanating from all around you while you hug your sheathed machete tightly against your side, not knowing where they are or how many there are.
When I began to walk back, the sound stopped and six coyotes slunk shadily across the road in front of me, their eyes glued to the floor as if they were trying a little too hard to give an impression of non-interest.
Every so often after that my torch would catch a glowing pair of eyes as it quickly turned down and away.
I will never forget that night.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach a fair amount about wild food (fruit, berries, nuts), jam making, fruit wine making. I'm also happy to teach people about nature, wild birds in Britain and cooking, I truly love to cook (see my website).