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Evan and Lisa Penor Murphy

Seattle, WA, USA

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Overview

  • 160 Positive References3 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Hindi, Italian
  • 30, Other
  • Member since 2006
  • Teachers!!
  • Evan- BS; Lisa- BA in Philosophy an...
  • From Seattle, WA, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To be a positive influence in my community.

ABOUT ME

As of June 2015, we are back in Seattle! We don't have our own place yet so we can't host but we will soon! We are available to meet up if you send a message!

We were recently employed as teachers at an international school in Douala, Cameroon. We love to travel (recent trips to Kenya in October 2013, and Namibia December 2013, Burkina Faso, February 2014, and Somaliland April 2014) cook, read news, hang with family and friends, play basketball, make new friends and otherwise do normal things.

From August 2014 until may 2015 we will be on our honeymoon traveling through south Asia and Middle East into Eastern Europe. Follow our trip at www.9monthhoneymoon.wordpress.com

My old CS profile: https://www.couchsurfing.com/users/55718/profile/legacy

PHILOSOPHY

Its a small world when you live large.

Live to travel. Travel to live.

The journey is the destination.

YOU'RE COMING WITH!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Evan: As a former CS nomadic ambassador I try my best to uphold the CS spirit wherever I travel. I've attended numerous meetings in SE Asia, and have organized gatherings in Ghana, Senegal, Morocco, Singapore, Vietnam, Sacramento and plenty in Seattle! I plan to continue to surf where I can, host when its possible, and bring people together in cities where the surfers are there but may not have networked with each other yet.

I tell EVERYONE about this site. I think my friends have tired from me telling random people who we meet about couchsurfing and how incredible it is for independent travelers. I've convinced quite a few to join up and I will continue to get people involved in this great social project!

Lisa: My experience couchsurfing has been over the last few years living and traveling with my husband, Evan. Together we've hosted, surfed with and met fantastic CSers and I can't wait for more!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

We've surfed much more than we've hosted and for that we need to repay the CS community one day!

We've hosted:
Murat from Izmir in Seattle July 2006
Hala and Sally from Chicago in Seattle Summer 2006
Sean from Oregon in Seattle July 2008
Santeri from Finland in Seattle August 2008
Natalia from Ukraine in Douala November 2012
Eva and Johanna from Germany in Douala January 2013
Dan from England in Douala February 2013
Florence from France in Douala March 2013
Maxime from France in Douala May 2013
Alex and Meghan from UK in Douala January 2014
Eliska from Prague in Douala January 2014
Gabor from Budapest in Douala February 2014
Adrien from USA in Douala June 2014

We surfed with:
Akhil in Mumbai March 2007
Mustafa in Cairo August 2007
Diana in Bangkok January 2008
Natasha in Ho Chi Minh City February 2008
Mo and Nash in Kuala Lumpur April 2008
Justina in Singapore April 2008
Chris in Johor Bahru, April 2008
Barry in Kuching April 2008
Gillian, in Brunei April 2008
Hazmilah, Kota Kinabalu April 2008
Ahmed and Hamdi in Marrakesh October 2008
Mohammed in Fes November 2008
Yacine and friends in Casablanca November 2008
Sherrif and Laye in Dakar December 2008
Mattie P in Batouri, Cameroon January 2009
Emmanuel in Aba, Nigeria April 2009
Emmanuel in Lagos April 2009
Theresa and Bertrand in Cotonou, Benin May 2009
Meg in Lome, Togo May 2009
Dodzi in Accra, Ghana May 2009
Musah in Tamale, Ghana June 2009
Claude in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire, June 2009
Brad in Banfora, Burkina Faso June 2009
Erica and friends in Ouagadougou, Burkina June 2009
Susan in Mopti, Mali July 2009
Sherrif and Laye AGAIN in Dakar August 2009
Ahmed and Hamdi AGAIN in Marrakech November 2009
Sjoukje and Sarah in Utrecht November 2009
Frimann in Reykjavik November 2009
Sasha in Mexico City February 2010
Daniele in Oaxaca, Mexico February 2010
Lorena y Daniel in San Cristobal, Mexico February 2010
Heather in Candelaria, El Salvador February 2010
Robert in Suchitoto, El Salvador March 2010
Heleen in Ocotal, Nicaragua March 2010
Owen in Yali, Nicaragua March 2010
Avi in Granada, Nicaragua March 2010
Stephen in Johannesburg, South Africa October 2012
Bill in Yaounde, Cameroon June 2013
Patrick in Mombasa, Kenya October 2013
Maarten in Cape Town, South Africa January 2014
Howitzer in Beijing, China August 2014
Nick in Olgiy, Mongolia August 2014
Adam in Beijing, China September 2014
Heather in Kathmandu, Nepal October 2014
David in Bacnotan, Philippines December 2014
Jersey and Sabrina in Manila, Philippines December 2014 and January 2015
Mars in Puerto Princessa, Philippines January 2015
Nieves in Puerto Princessa, Philippines January 2015
Verge (and friends) in Cebu, Philippines January 2015
Grace in Moalboal, Philippines January 2015
Shervin in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia January 2015
Roshan in Kandy, Sri Lanka February 2015
Madhawa in Colombo, Sri Lanka February 2015
Ashraf in Cairo, Egypt February 2015
Mike in Alexandria, Egypt February 2015
Ariel in Gva'ot, Israel March 2015
George in Bethlehem, Palestine March 2015
Osman in Kars, Turkey April 2015
Sami in Dogubayazit, Turkey April 2015
şhefık in Batman, Turkey Aprıl 2015
Cem in Urgup, Turkey April 2015
Feodor in Istanbul, Turkey April 2015

Interests

We love traveling and education. It's funny how sometimes the two mix well.

Music, Movies & Books

Evan: My favorite book used to be The Odyssey but I LOVE Shantaram by Greggory David Roberts. Read it!

I also loved The Alchemist, The Kite Runner, Mountains Beyond Mountains, Three Cups of Tea, Angels of Russia, Into the Wild, Atonement, Snow Falling on Cedars, Half of a Yellow Sun and more! Anything by Graham Greene or Jhumpa Lahiri is worth reading!

Lisa: As an English teacher I love reading all books! But my favorite author is Haruki Murakami.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I've (Evan) worked with a well educated man trying to scrape by a living to support his 4 daughters by basically volunteering to teach in a mountainous rural elementary school in India. When I asked him if he would ever stop teaching to take a job to make more money, he simply answered that he will never quit because he is needed there.

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Teach, Learn, Share

Well we are perpetual students of languages and cultures all around us.

And of course we're also teachers of English, humanities and science.

What I Can Share With Hosts

We like to cook and discuss history, travel, politics anything!

Countries I've Visited

Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Palestine, Panama, Philippines, Portugal, Rwanda, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Countries I've Lived In

Cameroon, Italy, United States

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