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  • Fluent in English; learning Japanese, Spanish
  • 69, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • teacher elementary physical education -retired August 1, ...
  • B.S. Ed., MS. Ed, Doctoral work at UC Berkeley, Fulbright...
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About Me


biding my time until I can travel once more- traveling vicariously through other surfers


Born Berkeley, CA. Graduated high school in Lewiston, Idaho. Attended Univ. of Idaho, Washington State Univ., U.C. Berkeley,Boise State University,University of Edinburgh, Northwest Nazarene University (i.e. excessive amount of formal education) Teach elementary P.E. Have for 35 years. Recently retired. Have traveled to 5 continents. Taught in Scotland. Traveled to Japan several times. Have hosted 6 Japanese students for summer language programs. Spent 6 weeks in Italy(3 times). 2 summers (Western Hemisphere) in Australia. People-to-People ambassador to China (Beijing - area sports focus). Most recent (Nov 2011) travel spent 27 days in the Nederlands. Have 3 koi ponds in back yard (see below). Cat lover. Slightly crazy - 35 years of teaching elementary kids will do that to you. Like intelligent conversation. Contemplation. Enjoy quiet times. Comfortable with self.
Have 2 cats that permit me to live in their space. Have 3 koi ponds. 30+ koi. Oldest 36 years. Involved with local, northwest and national koi groups. Have visited koi folks in Europe and Australia.


Day to day. Learn from every experience. Life long learner. Never quit.
Enjoy life.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I have hosted many people both seniors and young people. I attend local CS events


not really couch surfing, but have hosted several exchange student from Japan over summers
I have not personally couch surfed through CS. I have stayed in hostels and stayed with friends.
I have hosted many CS folks since 2007.


travel, koi, languages, reading, gardening, gourmet cook, eating, brain research as applied to the classroom

  • cats
  • fish
  • education
  • cooking
  • walking
  • gardening
  • reading
  • traveling
  • outdoor activities
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • scuba diving
  • sports
  • cartography
  • teaching
  • history
  • languages

Music, Movies, and Books

classical music, don't do movies much, most anything in print. eclectic tastes in both books and music

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

many to choose from - walking the Great Wall of China, skin diving the great barrier reef, walking Hadrian's Wall, Palio Horse race in Sienna (Istrice won!) climbing Mt. Fuji

Teach, Learn, Share

I am an AKCA certified koi health advisor (fish geek) and a K.O.I. certified koi keeper.
Gourmet cook...i.e. enjoy eating a little too much.
find language fascinating. Have studied Japanese. Worked with ESL (Spanish) students)
organic gardening - love the outdoors
retired back packer - turned day hiker - have artificial knee

What I Can Share with Hosts

Knowledgeable about local history, cultural activities. Keep an assortment of maps and pamphlets on what to do in Boise and the surrounding area,
Love to cook and have large veggie garden. The two go hand in hand. Certified Advanced Master Gardner. Certified Koi Keeper and Koi Health Advisor.
See teach learn and share.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

United Kingdom, United States

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