Today’s article is about Mats, couchsurfer from Norway. I’ve met him at postcard club and I took part in his project “Globalbility”. Mats is working as social worker in Norway and he studies culture and communications. He kindly answered some of my questions about his project.
Being a member of couchsurfing for a long time, recently I joined a postcard club there. Very quickly it became a passion and I started to send postcards to every corner of the world. In the group I found post from couchsurfer member, who recently started her blog about postcards. I contacted her and she kindly answered my questions by email.
So meet today’s guest, Giuliana, age 23, from Italy.
Niels is another nice Belgian I met in Aarhus. Open about his life, friendly, a bit serious, very interesting, this is how I discovered Niels like a person. “Happiness is everywhere you just have to recognize it!” – one of his most favorite quotes .
Niels is 25 years old, first he came to Denmark during his studies (he studied coal industry engineering) 3 years ago, he met here a nice girl Deni from Bulgaria, and they began to date, even when Niels received job and for a year worked in Switzerland, they didn’t stop seeing each other.
On a grey Sunday afternoon I met Jesper for an interview near ”Atlas”, we decided to go to Botanic garden not far from it, we found very nice place on the grass near the lake, and Jesper told me his story. He works as a volunteer bartend. He is 34 years old, and about 5 years ago he started doing volunteer jobs. It started because of Jesper’s passion for music. Every month he attended 5-8 concerts. And it became to be a bit expensive, so he found great solution, he works at a nightclub and has opportunity to listen to all interesting concerts.
He does this job almost every weekend, it takes about 18-24 hours per month. And during weekdays he has a normal job, he works at hospital.
I met Ida in Aarhus on rainy Monday afternoon. We were talking less than one hour, because she needed to take train to visit a friend. But I am very happy we managed to meet anyway. Ida lives in Norway now, she came to Aarhus just for 3 days, so I am very grateful she found some time for our talk.
Ida is 26 years old, she just recently graduated technical school, her favorite thing in the world is sewing and she is a professional tailor now.
For the moment she is working in theater in city Kristiansand. Ida has been working as well in opera in Aarhus for 2,5 years and in London Royal Opera House for one month.
In 2008-2009 she decided to travel to unknown places, it brought her for 6,5 month to South America. She traveled alone, but while she stayed in hostels she met a lot of friendly people and joined them in their journeys. She has been in Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Ecuador. It was amazing life experience. The top of her travelling list now is Australia.
I heard positive things about Neda from my best friend, and when I started my blog, I decided that this is a good opportunity for a meeting. Neda kindly invited me to her place in Højbjerg, that is located 5 km from Aarhus.
Neda is 31 years old, originally she is from Iran, but when she was 6 years old her parents moved to Denmark. That is why she combines in herself two cultures, two languages, two different ways of living. People often ask her who she is – Iranian or Danish, for her it is difficult to say , but surely she feels at home in Aarhus.
She often travels, she has been more than in 25 countries, but her favorite place is Barcelona, she often goes there. Neda is a football fan, she know a lot about this kind of sport and goes to Spain to see games of FC “Barcelona”.
Smiling, positive, caring and kind, in one hour we talked and became friends. In the end I was telling about my life already. She is the person to who you trust immediately!
I have lived in Denmark for one year already, and I have so much problems with studying Danish language, so I was in shock to meet person, for who Danish became main profession and passion in life.
Agne has studied Danish at university, received bachelor’s in Lithuania, and for one year she lived in Denmark during her Erasmus studies.
After graduation she taught Danish to doctors, who were going to work in Denmark.
Now she is living in Denmark, she found temporary job as a nanny (her baby is so cute and nice, he was so friendly), and now she plans to enter university in Vilnius and to have master’s in translation English-Danish- Lithuanian.
We met in Waxies for a talk about his journey to Australia. I am dreaming about journey to Australia for years, so it was quite motivated for me to meet person, who made his dream about this country come true.
Anders is devoted to life, he has so much hobbies: sports, scuba diving, skydiving, drawing, hiking. I was glad to have opportunity to talk with such person.
He lived in South Africa for 6 month for his internship and decided to travel like this to Australia. He lived in Sydney for 3 month, went to couchsurfing meetings, language exchange meetings, found new friends and travelling companions from gumtree.com.au. Then he visited his friend in Melbourne and they went for a spontaneous trip to Victoria’s mountains and to Uluru.
Airida and her boyfriend Chris were the first international couchsurfers with who I spoke in Aarhus. And if each day during the week when I met Danish couchsurfers the weather was great, sunny and warm, then on the day I was supposed to meet Airida and Chris, it became normal grey weather in Denmark. It took me more time to get to their place, then I thought, in the middle of my cycling trip it began to rain heavily, so I was completely wet and cold when I got to the labyrinth of the houses. I couldn’t find the place I needed, so I called Airida so she could find me.
But it was so nice to meet them, they live in a house with 5 other friendly people from different countries, and they had a couchsurfer from Australia.
I think they are just perfect example of couchsurfers. Airida is 26, she is from Lithuania, Chris is 28 and he is from Australia. They met at a couchsurfing meeting when they both lived in London, and after some time they began to date, and now they live in Denmark, when they travel they surf and they try to host when there is possibility.
They are open to adventures, life and people. It was such a pleasure to talk with them and to see other possibilities to travel in couchsurfing. Opposed to me, who likes to plan and to organize everything, they prefer emergency last minute requests, then personal ones, and they succeeded to find hosts like this in 95% of the countries that recently visited. They prefer emergency requests because they don’t plan anything ahead, they are quite spontaneous in their trips and they know their destinations only a day before.
I was going to meet Aske mainly because off his hobby, he wrote on his profile that he plays West Africa music and I was curious what kind of person he is. To tell the truth, I expected typical person who’s only passion in the world is music and nothing else interest him in life. Well, like always, the world said to me not to make illusions and stereotypes about another person just according to his web page. Because Aske appeared to be fantastic friendly, communicative, funny, one of the most interesting persons I’ve met in Aarhus. I discovered so much from him just in one hour.
Aske is 25, he studies comparative literature at university, that was great unexpected surprise for me. I was looking for his advice what to read from Danish authors, and he suggested one of the famous ones Karen Blixen (her alias is Isak Dinesen), I am looking forward now to read her “Seven gothic tales” and “Out of Africa”.
Also he advised to read works of Søren Kierkegaard, philosopher, poet and religious author. It is 200 years since the day he was born and in Denmark there are a lot of events dedicated to his memory.
The main topic of our conversation was, of course, music. He plays on special African drum called djembe. He got acquainted with this instrument about 10 years ago on music lesson and since then try to improve his skills playing traditional West African music.