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  • Fluent in English
  • 73, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • don't have to worry about being employed anymore, I'm ret...
  • B.A. and post graduate, San Francisco State Univ.
  • From Washington and Idaho, USA
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About Me


continue to see as much of the planet as I can and at the same time meet the challenge of traveling with a disability


I was a hippie in the sixties in San Francisco. I always loved traveling and in between going to school and then working traveled to so many continents. Now that I am retired I can do the thing I really love to do, and that is to travel.

I had a serious accident (spinal cord injury) in New Delhi, India in March 2010 and this has somewhat restricted my travel -- no more hikes and lots of steps scare me away. Mostly I can't get around as well as before and either use a cane, walker or if I can zip around in a mobility scooter I love that. Just recently I made another trip to Beijing and I was really glad I had already spent a day at the Forbidden City because now I just would not have been able to maneuver all the steps and climbing.


Listen to my heart and intuition and go with it. Cherish dreams and actualize if possible. Be of service to those around me whenever I can. Try to be true to myself and not hurt others.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I host, surf and create meetings, mostly when I travel.


Lots of it. I have hosted more than 250 guests. I have also couchsurfed in many countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.


Travel, history, museums, learning -- open to new ideas. I can be a real couch potato too watching Netflix and Amazon movies. I am a net-junkie and on line as much as I can. I am still into discovering more of Asia; India and China. I am trying to play the ukelele but not very good at it. I am drawn to the arts, dancing, music especially percussion. I am very interested in subjects saving the earth for future generations.

  • arts
  • dancing
  • movies
  • traveling
  • music
  • teaching
  • history

Music, Movies, and Books

love afro beat, percussion,Indian instruments tabla, sitar, seranqui, electronic sounds, chants. In films, love drama, action and adventure. Foreign films, Sundance, activist documentaries. Can't resist cook books particularly with pictures. Drawn towards folkart. Love the moving image and artful photography. Enthusiastic to attend concerts and museums.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Hitch hiked and lived on a fishing vessel around Africa but I was alot younger then! Married an African Chief, and years later, also became an African Chief. Flew on Concorde six times. Entered a foreign country illegally by canoe and the only solution I could think of was to destroy my passport. I guess thats more than one and there are more too but heck I'm over 70 so there are too many to mention, not to say what I am still going to do!

Teach, Learn, Share

I am perfectly happy to sit over a cuppa and listen to what YOU have to say.

Countries I’ve Visited

Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Canada, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Poland, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Swaziland, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, U.S., Zambia, Zimbabwe

Countries I’ve Lived In

Ghana, India, Iraq, Nigeria, United Kingdom, United States

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