Bjørn Christian Tørrissen
There’s nothing much to say about me, really. That’s why I write a blog about travel, and not about myself. But if you insist, here’s a short bio.
Born in 1972, I got addicted to computers just as they became something you could both afford and fit inside a normal house. So by sitting in front of various screens, I managed to almost completely avoid traveling until I reached my mid 20s. Then, all of a sudden, traveling around the world for half a year or so seemed a lot more appealing than to finish my thesis at the university and become a grown-up. So off I went.
I liked it. A lot. When I returned, I knew I had to travel more. All my money was spent, so I had to finish my studies and start working. From there I found my way to a routine where on average I work for two months, travel for one month, and then start over again. Most of the time I love both parts of this weird life, and I certainly couldn’t do either part full-time without going crazy.
So far, living this way for about two decades, has taken me to roughly a thousand destinations in just under a hundred countries and territories. I somehow keep adding to that. I generally seek out nature and animals rather than cities and people, but you can’t have one without the other, so you’ll find I offer a good mix of different travel stories, I hope.
Oh, by the way, somewhere along the way I managed to get married and acquire way too many cats. My wife also likes to travel, and the cats can survive for weeks on edibles they find lying around the house, so this has not been a problem so far.
My stalkable on-life, ranked from most to least interesting, in my opinion. Please don’t hack me!
Reddit is my favourite hangout on the entire Information Superhighway! You will find me there as /u/uspn/.
Wikipedia / Wikimedia
Wikipedia is great when preparing for a trip, or just to understand the world from your home. I volunteer, of course.
Instagram is good for seeing inspiring images from where you are now, have been in the past or will go in the future. So I add to the image pool when I feel like it.
LinkedIn, not sure what it’s for, but some “professionals” seem to use it. I’m here.
Tripadvisor is sometimes a good thing, but not always. Sometimes I like to leave a review.
YouTube is more of an input channel for me, but sometimes I output.
Snapchat sounds fun. Send me something at bjornfree, then send me an e-mail and explain how the #¤%& I open it.
Twitter used to be really useful. I visit monthly when I remember to.
Facebook is clearly on its way out, unless they significantly step up their game, but for now I have a mostly public profile.
Google+ showed a lot of promise initially, but it made itself redundant. Which we all should aim for.
Flickr is somewhere I sometimes go and look at other people’s photos. Some of my old photos are there.
Myspace is where I go to discuss astronomical matters and to get my fill of horizontal scrolling.
Pinterest is where I show my feminine side. Or not.