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Evan and Lisa Penor Murphy

Douala, Littoral, Cameroon

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  • 160 Positive References3 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Hindi, Italian
  • 29, Other
  • Member since 2006
  • Science Teacher (Evan)/ English and ...
  • Evan- BS in biology from the Univers...
  • From Seattle, Wa USA
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About Me


To allow the ups and downs of a round the world trip to strengthen my love and bond with my wife, Lisa.


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


Its a small world when you live large.

Live to travel. Travel to live.

The journey is the destination.


Why I'm on 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!


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 ,n Batman, Turkey Aprıl 2015


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

visited 63 states (28%)Create your own visited map of The World or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?

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.

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

Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Brunei Darussalam, 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, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Palestine, State of, 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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