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  • 21 References 13 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Norwegian; learning Danish, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish
  • 25, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • Student, ish
  • The internet taught me all I know!
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About Me

I grew up in Norway, then went to Austria to study, finished my studies, went away for a bit, came back, got lost, am now probably studying again, but all of that is not so important.
I spend my days learning languages, singing, internetting, playing music, reading, googling the solutions to any and all of my problems, dancing and daydreaming about conversations with strangers.


Hola! Soy Elisabeth.
La historia de mi vida se podría contar de una manera sumamente breve:
Crecí en Noruega (donde aprendí a apreciar la nieve, a comer queso marrón en pan oscuro, a bailar en caballos y a ser un poco introvertida), luego fui a Austria para estudiar (donde no vi ni una montaña, pero sí un montón de gente disfrazada de Mozart, y donde aprendí a tocar la guitarra por plata y a hablar español, sorprendentemente), y en algún momento viajé en Argentina, por lo cual escribí todo mi perfil en español. Ahora ya hace un par de años desde entonces.

Desde luego, hay bastantes detalles más que podría contar. Sin embargo, me parece mejor contar las historias en persona que llenar mi perfil de ellas, también porque prefiero dialogos a monólogos. Así que si querés saber más, preguntame :)

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I think Couchsurfing is brilliant, mainly because it's a platform that makes it so much easier to connect with other people in a new place.

The interesting thing about travelling, to me, is not really the places I visit, but rather the people I meet there, getting an idea of their ideas and habits and ways of being. As a tourist in a hostel, I'd feel like I'm only ever seeing the surface of things, while when staying with a local, it's like I get a glimpse of the inside. It feels kind of trite to be writing this here, as it's a thought that probably at least half of courchsurfers express at some point or other, but what can you do - it's true.


Me encanta viajar. Lo que más me encanta de viajar no es ver un montón de edificios que no hay en mi país, sino estar rodeada de otra cultura, de otras maneras de hacer las cosas y otras maneras de pensar. Ya que la cultura se encuentra en la gente, lo que a mi me importa cuando viajo es conocer a la gente del lugar, a hablar con ellos, a escuchar sus historias.

Cuando viajo con Couchsurfing, en vez de ver sólo el superficie del lugar que visito, tengo el sentido de poder ver todo un poco más "desde adentro", de tener una impresión de como es la vida allá, y eso es para mi la mejor manera de viajar.


I used to spend most of my spare time doing this sport that's basically a mix of dancing and gymnastics on horseback (it's called vaulting) for about 12 years, and since I had to quit due to a wrist issue, I've not quite found something to entirely replace it yet. Music is well on its way to achieving the label of my "main hobby" though - I always liked singing, but it's only in the past couple of years that I started singing for people, sometimes as a street musician, lately even on stages occasionally. I very recently finished my first original songs and really hope I'll be able to finish a few more - there's just a lot of stuff I'd like to be able to express in music.

In case you're interested, the duo that I'm currently singing in is called Even If and can be found at www.facebook.com/evenifduo, and I used to record some rough covers of just me singing at home on soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/lillelissa

Other than that, I very much enjoy dancing (though don't do it very often recently), going for walks, sitting in coffee shops and reading or writing, having conversations devoid of small talk and learning new things. I recently learned how to ride the unicycle and am excited about that!

Oh, and learning languages is something I think is fun. At the moment I'm mostly focused on ironing out some imperfections in my German, but I sort of low-key started picking up Russian on the side lately.


Durante 11 años invertí la mayoría de mi tiempo en mi deporte, volteo, que es una mezcla de danza y gimnasia en caballos. Ya hace un año que no entreno, debido a una lesión, pero todavía lo veo como "mi" deporte, y soy entrenadora.

Diría que mis intereses principales son los idiomas, la gente (me fascina mucho intentar averiguar cómo funcionamos y descubrir en qué somos diferentes) y la música. Desde pequeña paso también bastante tiempo en el maravilloso mundo del internet, que me ha enseñado gran parte de las cosas que sé y que incluso me ha traído algunos muy buenos amigos.

Canto con frecuencia (aunque con un poquito de timidez a veces), y quiero aprender a escribir mis propias canciones, pero todavía no lo conseguí. Grabé algunos covers (en casa, así que son grabaciones de mala calidad) para amigos, que se pueden encontrar acá: https://soundcloud.com/lillelissa

Ah, y bailo tango! Bailo también otras cosas de vez en cuando, aunque en realidad no sé bailar otra cosa. Me parece bien cuando la gente baila sin saber bailar (capaz que no existen tantos acá, pero en mi país la gente no suele saber bailar, por lo que hay que alentarlos a probarlo igual).

  • singing
  • concerts
  • dancing
  • tango
  • cooking
  • chocolate
  • reading
  • traveling
  • music
  • guitar
  • languages
  • internet
  • feminism
  • exploring
  • environmentalism
  • being a decent person

Music, Movies, and Books

A list of things I listen to (or used to listen to a lot): Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Band of Horses, The Beatles, Beirut, Belle and Sebastian, Damien Rice, Death Cab for Cutie, Depeche Mode, Diablo Swing Orchestra, Dota, Fiona Apple(!), Florence + the Machine, Imogen Heap, Iron & Wine, Kaiser Chiefs, Kaizers Orchestra(!), Lisa Hannigan, Marina and the Diamonds, Missy Higgins, The Mountain Goats, No Doubt, Portishead, Regina Spektor, Rockettothesky, The Raconteurs, The Shins, Susanne Sundfør(!), Tori Amos, The White Stripes.

I don't really watch movies too often, kind of never got into the habit of doing so, but here are some that I've seen and enjoyed: (500) Days of Summer, Across the Universe, A Beautiful Mind, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Ice Age, Inside Out, Pippi, The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Fall, The Phantom of the Opera, The Secret Garden

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Honestly I'm amazed by stuff pretty frequently. I'm easily fascinated, even just by little everyday things. If I'm going to pick one concrete thing though, here's one off the top of my mind:

I used to only ever play the guitar/sing by myself - I taught myself through the internet when I was a teen and just played in my room with the door closed (partly out of shyness, partly out of fear of disturbing anybody). After this party a while back though, somebody told me to play something for them, and I ended up playing for something like an hour for a group of people. They just told me to keep going and seemed to really enjoy it, and I was somewhat bewildered but very happy about it! I think that kind of flipped a switch in my brain when it comes to doing music stuff for others.

Teach, Learn, Share

I like learning and teaching languages. If you want to learn any of the languages I speak, or feel like teaching me something, let me know! :) I'm also up for learning any kind of dance, or cooking, or mostly anything you feel like teaching, really. Try me!

Apart from that, I can teach the very basics of playing guitar (chords, and reading tabs), and would also like to learn more from somebody more skilled at guitar playing than I am.

I suppose I could teach some basic gymnastics too, and vaulting, of course - though you'd have to provide the horse...


Me gusta enseñar, así que sin problema puedo enseñar cualquier cosa que sé, y además algunas cosas que no sé. Esto incluye los idiomas que sé hablar (y un par que solo casi sé hablar), los instrumentos que sé tocar, tango, cosas de gimnasia y lo que se te ocurra, preguntame!

También me gusta aprender - en particular bailes de cualquier índole, pero también otras cosas. Enseñame algo, si querés :)

What I Can Share with Hosts

Conversaciones, experiencias, canciones (a veces viajo con un ukulele, te puedo enseñar a tocar también), regalitos, comidas, alegría, lo que sea!

Me gusta cocinar, sobre todo dulces (mi "especialidad" son galletas con chocolate). Si querés ayuda con alguna cosa (ordenar, limpiar, hacer las compras, cuidar animales), me podés preguntar sin problema.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Italy, Norway, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden

Countries I’ve Lived In

Austria, Norway

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