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KATIE1951

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Overview

  • 19 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English
  • 63, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • Recovering former lawyer
  • B.A. LL.B
  • From Toronto
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Strangers bring new ideas from the outside world. I hope to both bring and receive many such new ideas.

ABOUT ME

I have a very fulfilling external life - two wonderful adult children - one a snow boarder in Whistler, one a doctor in the U.K. I have a rich inner life - lots of reading,thinking, dreaming. My life is full of grace.

I have just finished leg one of an extended trip to South East Asia - mostly Vietnam and Thailand. But will return to experience more transcendental magic in the upcoming year or so.

Now living in London England for a year or so while I sort out what I want to be when I grow up.

PHILOSOPHY

Life is not a dress rehearsal. Make every minute count as if it was the last few minutes of the final act.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Surf and host as much as possible.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Prior to joining CS, my first unoffical CS experience happened in 1970 when I was hitchiking through Italy and was picked up by 3 very young priests returning to Rome from some liturgical event. We arrived in the city very late and one of the priests asked if we would like to stay at his parent's home overnight. I gratefully accepted but when we pulled up outside what appeared to be a derelict building, I had second thoughts. But it wasn't a derelict building - it was an 18th century palace. His mother was one of Rome's most senior art historians and his father one of the city's most famous architects. The home was full of priceless paintings and sculptures. The next day I was treated to a private priest-eye view of the Vatican.

My son lives in Whistler which is a mecca for young snowboard loving travellers. He tells anyone who is passing through Toronto either coming or going to Toronto to "go and stay with my mom. She loves visitors". About three years ago, unbenownst to me he gave our house key to a group of Kiwis and said - I have an apartment in my mom's house which you are welcome to use on your way through Toronto. He never told me to expect guests and one night at 4 a.m. my house was invaded by 6 travellers from New Zealand. I thought I was being robbed and called the police !!! After all of the explanations had been given, the police retreated and I made breakfast for Jamie's 6 friends. Such a laugh. Couchsurfing has introduced me to some of the world's best people. Currently happily surfing in the UK.

Here's to the kindness of strangers,kizmet and other forms of magic.

Interests

Writing, photography, cycling, learning and travel of course where I can often combine all of my interests.

Music, Movies & Books

Amores Perres (and anything else by Inarritu); Spirit of the Beehive; Red Sorghum; A Fish Called Wanda; In The Loop, and The Parallax View.

Love Ishiguro, Phillip Roth, Richard Ford, Don De Lillo and Orhan Palmuk.

Thankk you Tim for introducing me to the music of Gigi.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Nearly been eaten by a lion while on safari at Timbavati in the Kruger. Swam in the Nile with a clan of wild Bedouins. Climbed Mount Sinai at sundown. Visited an ancient Parsi graveyard in Delhi. Black water rafting in New Zealand. Everything about Turkey. Went to Obama's inauguration. Arrived in Madrid at the airport exactly at the same time as the Spanish 2010 World Cup winners. Like fireworks going off in a shoebox !!!!! And so much more.

Teach, Learn, Share

I want to learn from everyone I meet. What you learn from me is up to you.

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kuwait, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, Portugal, Saint Lucia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Canada

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