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Please read the "My Home" -tab, travel plans/timetables and the "Additional Information" -section before sending an proper Couchrequest by clicking "SEND REQUEST" and not by a regular message, if you´re looking for a couch. Please do NOT send me a CouchRequest without reading the sections mentioned. Otherwise you will definitely get an only "NO" for hosting! ;)
Currently in the summer/autumn of 2015 I receive around 10 requests and messages every day, so unfortunately I can´t currently host everyone due to extremely busy life. Therefore I have to reduce the amount of accepting to host, by considering ONLY hosting active and experienced Couchsurfers!
✪ I´m organizing Couchsurfing Helsinki Weekly Meetups - Join the events:
★ Thursday 28.1. https://www.couchsurfing.com/events/cs-helsinki-weekly-meetup-hard-rock-cafe-28-1
★ Thursday 4.2. https://www.couchsurfing.com/events/cs-helsinki-weekly-meetup-hard-rock-cafe-4-2
★ Thursday 11.2. https://www.couchsurfing.com/events/cs-helsinki-weekly-meetup-hard-rock-cafe-11-2
★ Thursday 18.2. https://www.couchsurfing.com/events/cs-helsinki-weekly-meetup-hard-rock-cafe-18-2
★ Thursday 25.2. https://www.couchsurfing.com/events/cs-helsinki-weekly-meetup-hard-rock-cafe-25-2
✪ ABOUT ME
VERY curious and open minded guy who can be both unserious and very serious. Get´s easily excited especially when talking about specific topics. Who always looking to travel somewhere and especially to unusual travel destinations, to discover all the secrets of our beautiful planet, with friends or usually independently. More enjoying and comfortable with cities than countryside when traveling, but nature is sometimes interesting to see too.
✪ MADE IN TAIWAN - GREW UP IN FINLAND - LIVED ABROAD
Made in Taiwan, grew up in Central Ostrobothnia, 500 km North West from the capital of Finland in Western Finland as Swedish speaking Finn since a baby. Lived and worked abroad in different countries as Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Thailand and Turkey between the years of 2002-2007. Lived in the capital of Finland, Helsinki, since the beginning of the year 2007, after moving from Spain.
✪ TERRORIST PASSPORT
Loves to travel with his green Turkmenistan passport cover including a biometric Finnish passport which is his second and now the only current nationality. After a few years he might wanna try to become again a citizen of ROC (Republic of China) and be the owner of dual-citizenship. The guy in the passport picture looks asian who speaks Finnish, who´s actually a Swedish speaking Finn, who got a new haircut photoshopped by the police authorities because all of the hair lenght couldn´t fit in the picture area. Birth place in the passport is a city that doesn´t exist because it´s misspelled, Police said they couldn´t change the one and only wrong letter to make it correct. The full name is in Swedish and uses the second name as nickname and part of the signature. Passport has visas and stamps from unusual travel destinations like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Somalia etc. and he might end up for interrogations with suspect of terrorism when entering to some of the countries. The previous passport were even issued in Spain to make it even more complicated. When he wants to travel outside the Schengen area without the risk of being interrogated at the border controls, he can now use his almost empty and clean second valid passport that was issued in August 2014.
✪ NON SMOKER/DRINKER & PETS
Non smoker and drinks very rarely alcohol nowadays, usually only on special occasions and for social events. Enjoys the nightlife with good company and with good music. No pets at home since a bit of allergic to them.
✪ CHEESE IS WEIRD BUT I LOVE FOOD!
Things has changed, though in the past, I never drank anything which is black or ate anything red. Still struggling with cheese, but ate my first pizza when I was 18 years old and had my fifth hamburger in my life in the summer of 2014. I´ll tell you why if you´re interested to know why! Even though this, I love food over all! Don´t wonder why I am usually double as slow to drink or eat compared to other people, I just wanna enjoy the experience!
✪ CURRENT AND PAST WORKS
Currently working with marketing and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) -strategies, -customer analysis and -IT technical solutions in the Nordic and international travel industry. Previous working experience as publisher and editor in chief for own made small newspapers; IT -sales person, -technician, -teacher, -freelance reporter, -company owner; junior freelance reporter; net café & bar owner; tourleader for Nordic people abroad in five countries and webmaster etc.
Make the Most of Your Time on Earth: get experience, be open minded, be curious, feel, taste, travel and live now, tomorrow might be too late!
✪ NEWSPAPER ARTICLES / INTERVIEWS ABOUT ME
★ Read more about my travel experience in North Korea, an interview of me written in the biggest Helsingin Sanomat -newspaper in Finland 31:th of August 2012. In Finnish (web site - original).
★ Read more about my travel and couchsurfing experience around the world, an interview of me written in the local Keskipohjanmaa -newspaper in Finland where I grew up, 17:th of November 2013. In Finnish (pdf - original).
★ "Sohvalla" (On The Couch) -tv show on Video in Finnish, about Couchsurfing. Interview of me about Couchsurfing experiences between the following times: 5:46-12:54 if you don´t want to check out the whole video.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I heard about CouchSurfing.com from one of my best friends in the year of 2010 and because it sounded interesting, I decided to join it too!
✪ COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE
Currently I am an experienced Couchsurfer and getting more and more experiences every day. I have hosted around 60 people, surfing in around 20 places, traveled with several Couchsurfers as well as organizing and attended to several events around the world. Made up my profile in May 2010. When traveling I´ve been mostly stayed at the hotels, sometimes in hostels and a few times stayed at someones apartment/couch. Looking forward to more great experiences that CouchSurfing community will bring me in the future! Until now I have only very good experience of the following activities:
✪ HOSTING IN HELSINKI, FINLAND
60. Chris Bachmann 07/15 - Frankfurt, Germany - https://www.couchsurfing.com/users/1717854
59. Anıl Ünlü 06/15 - Ankara, Turkey - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/anilunlu70
58. Tushar Malik 06/15 - New Delhi, India - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/tushar1990
57. Guido Blugerman 06/15 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/bluger
56. Okan Okyay 05/15 - Lüleburgaz, Thracia/Turkey - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/piogi
55. John Yeung 05/15 - Toronto, Canada - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/johnyeung
54. Peng "Lee" Li 05/15 - Beijing, China - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/lipeng2095
53. Zhiyou "Kim" Jin 05/15 - Beijing, China - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/zhiyoujin
52. Steven Carluer 05/15 - Paris, France - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/stevenca
51. Kaushal Karkhanis 02/15 - Mumbai, India - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/kaushal
50. Alexander "Alex" Mühlendorfer 02/15 - Vienna, Austria - https://www.couchsurfing.com/users/1006854294/profile
49. Lucyna "Lucy" Kruszynska 02/15 - Elk, Poland - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/krystian.kruszynski
48. Krystian Kruszynski 02/15 - Warsaw, Poland - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/krystian.kruszynski
47. Benoit "Ben" Luisier 01/15- Lausanne, Switzerland - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/fabienne_benoit
46. Fabienne Rohner 01/15 - Lausanne, Switzerland - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/fabienne_benoit
45. Mark Billy Yang 01/15 - Taipei, Taiwan - https://www.couchsurfing.com/users/1153223
44. Carlos Melo 11/14 - Porto / Portugal - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/cvmelo
43. Xavier Allard 10/14 - Belgium/France - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/maitrecortex
42. Eric Bolikowski 10/14 - Stavanger, Norway - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/phantasmate
41. Daniel Bolek 08/14 - Havířov, Czech Republic - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/danielbolek
40. Roman Sydor 08/14 - Lviv, Ukraine - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/roma-sydor
39. Roman Ilkiv 08/14 - Lviv, Ukraine - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/romanlvivyanin
38. Chris Michaut 08/14 - Paris, France - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/christophermichaut
37. Mihai Candet 07/14 - Iasi, Romania - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/mcandet
36. Kohei Norota 07/14 - Tokyo, Japan - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/kohei.norota
35. Polyanna Rocha 05/14 - Oslo, Norway / Brazil - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/polyandtomas
34. Tomas Bjerved 05/14 - Oslo, Norway - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/bjerved
33. Ricard Polls Boadas 04/14 - Girona, Catalonia - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/ricardrostit
32. Roberto Bautista 04/14 - Sevilla, Spain - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/kiyosoyelrobe
31. Ruben Arnal 12/13 - Valencia, Spain - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/diavoleindrumx
30. Lei Zhang 10/13 - Qingdao, China - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/sixzi
29. Husam Chadat 09/13 - Damascus, Syria - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/mchusam
28. Christiaan du Randt 09/13 - Stellenbosch, South Africa - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/hemes
27. Youngsoo Yang 08/13 - Seoul, South Korea - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/ysyang1213
26. Ethan Folk 08/13 - Seattle, Washington, USA - ttps://www.couchsurfing.com/people/ethfol
25. Norbert Szilágyi 08/13 - Salonta, Romania / Hungary - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/globalcitizen95
24. Kuan-Ting "Lear" Ho 08/13 - Taipei, Taiwan - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/learho
23. Corrado Zhocci Hansen 08/13 - Trieste, Italy / Denmark - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/aksel07
22. Emmanuelle "Manue" Lhermitte 07/13 - Clisson, France - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/emmanuelle.lhermitte
21. Stéphane Thomas 07/13 - Clisson, France - http://stephanemanueentandem.wordpress.com/
20. César Dezfuli Rello 06/13 - Madrid, Spain - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/cesar.d.rello
19. Mody Salman 05/13 - Diwaniyah, Iraq -https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/modysalman
18. Gert Danielsen 04/13 - Oslo, Norway - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/gertceville-danielsen
17. Álvaro Sánchez 02/13 - Madrid, Spain - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/aalvaro
16. Jakub Kaminski 10/12 - Warsaw, Poland - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/skubik
15. Adam Sielatycki 09/12 - Warsaw, Poland - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/a.g.adams
14. Konrad Rudnik 09/12 - Warsaw, Poland - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/kondi-bondi007
13. Igor de Almeida 09/12 - Recife, Brazil - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/iguinhoz
12. Roland Bisewski 08/12 - Gdansk, Poland - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/roland.erra
11. Luca Crivellari 08/12 - Milano, Italy - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/luca.crivellari
10. Yosef Yip 08/12 - Toronto, Canada - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/yosefff
9. Joachim B. 08/12 - Düsseldorf, Germany - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/joachim-b
8. Petja Stipanovic 07/12 - Novo Mesto, Slovenia - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/petja-slovenia
7. Rod Afonso 06/12 - Caxias do Sul, Brazil - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/rod.rod
6. Daniel "Dani" Dobre 05/12 - Galati, Romania - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/daniel.dobre
5. Simon Gripner 11/11 - Göteborg, Sweden - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/smingu
4. Martin Ryan 08/11 - Montpellier, France France - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/jumpingjackflash
3. Helen Liu 07/11 - Shanghai, China - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/chaochaode
2. Christian "Chris" Höck 07/11 - Wien, Austria - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/neveatears
1. Kwai "Kobe" Leung 08/10 - Hong Kong, China - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/hkkobe
✪ SURFING WORLDWIDE
21. Chris Michaut 12/15 - Paris, France - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/christophermichaut
20. Andrei Shestackov 09/15 - Yekaterinburg, Russia - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/simonscat
19. Kadri Teider & Leif Neuvonen 12/14 & 09/15 - London, England - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/kteider
18. Attila Nagy 09/14 - Mitrovica, Kosovo - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/attilanagy1
17. Jakub Kaminski 05/14 - Gdansk, Poland - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/skubik
16. Artёm Titov 05/14 - Kaliningrad, Russia - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/arteom.fen
15. Mateusz Rybicki 04/14 - Gdansk, Poland - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/mat87
14. Samwell Otieno 04/14 - Mombasa, Kenya - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/samwellotieno
13. Tim Larsen 02/14 - London, England - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/tim.larsen
12. Mohsin Gillani 09/13 - Lahore, Pakistan - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/mohsin.gillani
11. Bahadur "Baha" Aly 09/13 - Karachi, Pakistan - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/baha.aly
10. Ignacio "Nacho" de Salterain 12/12 - Montevideo, Uruguay - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/zvuho_nacho
9. Ezequiel & Liesje 12/12 - Buenos Aires, Argentina -
https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/ezequiel & https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/l_in_b
8. Javier Rodriguez 12/12 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/javisrodriguez82
7. Anton Gurakov & Alexandra "Sasha" 10/12 - Kiev, Ukraine - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/anton7
6. Abdulmagid "Mego" Yakoube 09/12 - Tripoli, Libya - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/megolibya
5. Marcel Thannhäuser 11/11 & 04/13 - Berlin, Germany - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/derthanne
4. Helmy Ibrahim 10/11 - New York, USA - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/why_me0202
3. Alex Nickodem & Jeremy Enright 09/11 - Arlington, Virginia, USA -
https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/drago & https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/whoameye
2. Alexander Kolyada & Yuliya Kaliada 10/10 - Minsk, Belarus -
https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/alex_kolyada & https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/ulechka
1. Johannes Weller 09/10 - Chișinău, Moldova - https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/hannes_maximus
✪ TRAVELED WORLDWIDE TOGETHER
★ Johannes Nygård Estonia, Italy, Sweden, Thailand, Tunisia
★ Markku Pyykölä Estonia, Norway, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA
★ Sebastian Slotte Belarus, Estonia, Cyprus, North. Cyprus (TRNC)
★ Mikko Ekström China, Democratic People´s Republic of Korea
★ Maxim Egorov Estonia, Russia, Sweden, Thailand
★ Miia Pajala China, Gambia, Iceland, Greece, Myanmar, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, Spain, Tibet, Thailand
✪ MEETING AND ORGANIZING/HOSTED COUCHSURFING EVENTS AND OTHER STUFF
in the local Couchsurfing community by attending the Helsinki CS Weekly Meetups (since July 2012) almost weekly to meet great new people!
★ Have organized and hosted the Couchsurfing Helsinki Weekly Summer Picnic´s and Couchsurfing Helsinki Weekly Meetups weekly (since February 2013).
★ Been helping the local Helsinki CS community to organize the CS Birthday Celebrations on the second weekend 13-16th of June 2013 with 100 Couchsurfers who joined the party as well as in the year of 12-15th of June 2014.
★ Been helping the local Helsinki CS community to organize also the CS Christmas Party - Back to the 50´s! on 7th of December 2013 with 170 Couchsurfers who joined the party as well as the 6th of December 2014 with also 170 Couchsurfers.
★ Been helping the local Helsinki CS community to organize the CS Weekend of Love Celebrations and Midsummer Night´s Dream - Theatre Theme Party on the second weekend 12-15th of June 2014 with more than 50 Couchsurfers who joined the party.
★ One of the organizer to the Couchsurfing Summer Madness - Weekend Cottage Camp with 120 Couchsurfers. Hauho, Hämeenlinna, Finland. 15th to 17th of August 2014.
★ Been designing the local Couchsurfing Helsinki community logo
★ Attended to local Couchsurfing meetups in Belgrade (Serbia - 09/14), Budapest (Hungary - 09/14), Saint Petersburg (White Nights - Russia - 06/14 & 06/15), Bangkok (Thailand -03/14), London (England - 02/14), Playa del Carmen (Mexico - 12/13 / picture below), Barcelona (Spain - 07/13), Copenhagen (Denmark - 05/13), Stockholm (Sweden - 04/13), Oslo (Norway - 03/13), Montevideo (Uruguay - 12/12) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil - 12/12).
★ Beta tester of the Couchsurfing.org web site.
★ Administrator of the the Helsinki Couchsurfing Facebook page - Like the page!
★ Moderator of the Helsinki Couchsurfing Facebook Group
✪ TRAVELING IS MY PASSION
Traveling to different cities and especially countries/autonomous areas since "collecting" them by pinning them on the map, trying to visit as many countries/autonomous/dictatorship areas as I can during my lifetime. So far I have traveled in around 100 countries (Summer 2015).
✪ OTHER INTERESTS
Likes different kind of small adventures, reading magazines, travel literatures, local and international cuisines (e.g. Nordic, Mexican, Italian, Arabic, Greek, Spanish, Indian, Nepalese, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Thai etc.), electronics and gadgets, computers (Mac&PC), photographing (shooting/editing) and video recording/editing, listening to music (more into electronic music like techno, dance, house, trance), watch a nice movie/tv-series (mostly into action, also documentaries, drama, comedy and horror is okey) or go to cinema/musical/theater, fashion, gym, biking/spinning/indoor cycling- and Bodypump -classes.
Likes trains (especially fast ones like Shinkansen in Japan, Maglev in China), airplanes (especially big ones like jumbo B747 and superjumbo A380), cruises/boat trips, collecting eurocoins from EMU (European Monetary Union) countries, collecting a local souvenir and a bank note from countries I visit. Collecting also a newspaper from a country where the country has it´s own alphabet (e.g. Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Thai, Hindi, Greek, Arabic, Ethiopian etc.).
✪ SPORTS GOALS
My personal achievements for the year of 2011-2012 was to learn basics to swim and run. For the years of 2013-2015 is to improve my swimming, running and biking skills which I have been struggling with during last winter (13/14 & 14/15) since I´ve been very busy with work and traveling. But now again in summer 2015 I´m back on track! ;)
Music, Movies, and Books
Enjoys listening to electronic music like techno, trance and dance as long as there's a lot of loud bass! :D. Therefore I do love to visit clubs playing that kind of musics, e.g. Ministry of Sounds Club (London), Summer Sound Festival (the biggest electronic music festival in the Nordics, Helsinki July 2012), or musicals (e.g. Broadway etc.).
Likes mostly action, comedy and drama movies, sometimes horror too. Documentaries, travel related tv programs and tv-series. Likes to go to cinema as well.
Not much of a book reader but likes travel literature and guide books.
Reading mostly travel, men's lifestyle/fashion/fitness, stuff/electronics/computer and design/interior magazines.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
✪ MAP STATISTICS
★ Visited more than 100 countries in the world´s 5 continent by 09/2015: http://bit.ly/1c4akAE
★ Visited countries in Europe: http://bit.ly/1MWMWWR
★ Visited countries in Asia: http://bit.ly/1XCAkof
★ Visited states in the US: http://bit.ly/1EqJxKZ
★ Visited cities in the world: http://bit.ly/1IuI44B
★ Some of my European flight routes: http://bit.ly/1LLL7ug
★ Some of my international flight routes: http://bit.ly/1LLL7ug
✪ MAKE YOUR OWN MAPS
✪ EXPERIENCES IN NEARBY FUTURE
Some of the things I want to experience in the near future: Safari in Kenya (I have done Nairobi National Park)/Tanzania/Uganda/Rwanda (e.g. meeting gorillas). Inca trail trekking to Machu Picchu in Peru. Roundtrip in Sudan, South Sudan, Somaliland & Puntland (been in the capital of Somalia), Nigeria, Saudi-Arabia, Iran, Mali and countries around North and South Caucasus. Hot Air Balloon tour above Cappadoccia in Turkey and skydiving by jumping out of an airplane anywhere in the world.
✪ AUTONOMOUS REPUBLICS VISITED
Visited in addition to the following autonomous republics/province/areas/territories or so called ”independent states”: Karakalpakstan (Uzbekistan), Republic of Kosovo (Serbia), Kurdistan (Iraq), Palestine (Israel), Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Moldova), Tamil Eelam (Sri Lanka), Taiwan (Republic of China), Tibet (China), Republic of Vevčani (Macedonia-FYROM) and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (Cyprus) as well in the micronation Freetown Christiania (Denmark).
✪ OTHER AMAZING THINGS I´VE DONE/EXPERIENCED
★ Visited the red marked more than 100 countries and five continents left on the maps.
★ Lived in six different countries in two continents abroad.
★ Experienced gun shots and bomb blasts around me in Baghdad, Iraq!
★ Experienced traffic police to shoot with a gun in the air, to clear up the traffic jam, in Mogadishu, Somalia and Baghdad, Iraq!
★ Armed robbery occured just five minutes before arriving to the airport by taxi in Pakistan when two motorbike stopped the vehicle and snatched my bag including my laptop, passports, credit cards and cash money. Luckily someone found my passport on the road a few days after and sended me my documents and I could continue my roundtrip into Afghanistan, otherwise my trip would have ended.
★ Meeting the poor but happy people in Cambodja with the amazing temple of Angkor Wat.
★ Experienced a never ending jungle trek for me in Sumatra, Indonesia, where I ended up shaking hands and fed the orang utans in their home hoods.
★ Feeling the speed 420 km/h inside of world´s fastest high speed train at Shanghai Maglev in China.
★ Flew with the biggest commercial super jumbo Airbus 380 aircraft from New York to Frankfurt.
★ Enjoyed the ashtonishing view and survived without accidents at the enormous gas crater "The Door to Hell" in Turkmenistan´s desert.
★ Informed hundreds of travelers in Thailand about the terrible tsunami that happend in Phuket the day after in December 2004. Helped with evacuation at Bangkok airport during the new years night 2004-2005.
★ Helicopter sightseeing tour above New York City and Rio de Janeiro.
★ Feeling the beats and bassquakes through my whole body and at the Nordic´s biggest electronica music festival in Helsinki with all of the world´s top DJ:s.
★ Walking to the "Devil´s Throat", helicopter tour above the Iguazu Falls and having a Iguazu shower by speedboat on the border to Brazil and Argentina.
★ Driving a car on the highway in Turkey when suddenly a bus turned aggresively to my lane to avoid an accident on his lane and causing almost a frontal accident with my car.
★ Making roundtrip in the world´s most isolated country North Korea.
★ Feeling the freezing cold winter in Kokkola, Western Finland, with down to -38 C and sweating hot temperature up to +48 C during the Golden Triangle roundtrip in New Delhi/Agra/Jaipur, India.
★ Visited one of the world's most spectacular Roman ruins Leptis Magna, Sabratha and Cyrene in Libya.
★ Understanding the tragedy with sightseeing in Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and ghost town of Pripyat in Ukraine.
★ When I almost got robbed by a knife in Istanbul, Turkey, but got the chance to escape.
★ Iceland's unique natural wonders as geysirs, glaciers, volcanos, northern lights, hot springs, waterfalls and rich sortiment of new culinary experiences with tastes of horse, whale, puffin etc.
★ Had a wonderful experience by staying in casa particulares (private homes) practising my Spanish language while in the fascinating capital of Cuba, Havanna and the picturesque and colourful village of Trinidad.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can introduce you to the Nordic languages (Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish, except Icelandic), how to improve your computer skills (Mac/PC) and plan your future travels or/and how to move around to/from Helsinki to visit the neigbour cities and/or countries.
Would love to practise some more Spanish, Russian, Greek and sign language with someone that´s their native language, I know just the basics. Spanish small talk practice would be fine with me ONLY IF you know only the beginners English! Otherwise I am too shy to speak! ;) Keen to learn some basics of Arabic, Chinese and Japanese too!
Would love to learn some more about video editing on computers (PC or Mac) and basic photographing techniques and editing on PC or a Mac, if you have a Canon EOS digital camera as I do, teaching will be much easier.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Show around the capital of Finland if I have time. Share my knowledge of travel experience. Help to make travel plans in Finland or nearby countries like Russia/Estonia/Sweden/Norway/Denmark.
Countries I’ve Visited
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Wales, Åland Islands
Countries I’ve Lived In
Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey