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Deborah Riley

Kansas City, MO, United States

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Overview

  • 34 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning German, Spanish
  • 59, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Social work, Corrections
  • BBA
  • From Independence Missouri
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Convincing US friends to get a passport

ABOUT ME

I live in Independence.
I was fortunate to have a father with wanderlust and started traveling young with car caravan trips to the West Coast, Mexico and Canada. I have continued traveling in the states and to Canada, Europe, Mexico. I have traveled many different ways; I am a pro at one bag packing and getting to the best hostel/B&B the most economical way. Not to say I don't appreciate traveling with luxury but I can go several places for the price of one luxury trip and have a better opportunity to meet people.

PHILOSOPHY

There is not enough time to experience all cultures but it has to be a priority in our lives to experience as much as we can, so this world can continue to exist and hopefully to thrive. Educate me and I can educate others who haven't had the opporunities that travel provides.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I have hosted many surfers, all ages, and each person has offered something special. I hope to go to the France meet up in France 2014.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

All my hosting experiences have been great. It's the surfers who confirm and don't show who tick me off. I don't send my address until I have a confirmation a week before. I still haven't surfed yet but am working on it....

Interests

I am always willing to learn and try new things. Books, food, music, history and travel...suprise, suprise...are where I find my joys.

Music, Movies & Books

Latest best...Sparta, The Things They Carried With Them, The Book Thief, Jarhead, mysteries are my staple, especially those set in other countries.....Leon sets hers in Venice. I enjoy reading about the people and times around World War II.
Kings of Leon, Mountain Sprout, Modest Mouse, Pink, Eminem, Muddy Waters, U2, Santana, Clapton, Billie Holiday, Mumford & Sons, Van Morrison, Kid Rock, Flobots.
Full Monty, Manchurian Candidate, The Pianist,Gandhi, Sexy Beast, Boxing Helena and Bird Street.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

The Casino WWII Museum in Italy. Seeing Fourth of July fireworks from the top of the Ren Center in Detroit. Observing New Orleans lust for life after Katrina while working with Nechama and Habitat. Climbing Chichen Itza when it wasn't a tourist site. Watching the sunset from Sacre Cour.

Teach, Learn, Share

Sometimes I feel I must be very boring with all the talented couch surfers out there, but I love meeting people, being introduced to new cultures, traveling and learning from different points of view. I used to think I had all the answers, now I only have lots of questions and opinions.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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