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Mary Ellen Jones

Phoenix, AZ, United States

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Overview

  • 10 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Sotho
  • 80, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • I was a banker in Arizona for 22 yea...
  • some college, school of hard knocks,...
  • From I was raised in the western united states. Mainly Wash and Oreg
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

to keep traveling- I started when I joined the Peace Corps at 56 years oldand was assigned to Lesotho in Southern Africa and havent stopped since.I kind of consider myself an old Peace Corps Hippy.

ABOUT ME

I am a widow, ex banker, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer(91=93)Mother of 4, grandmother of 6 amd great grandmother of 3. I am a budget traveler and, usually travel independently. Have recently started cruising (when one of my sons went to work with Princess cruises.) I prefer to travel in Asia, Africa and South and Central America . I travel about 5 months a year. I have traveled in 91 countrys since 1991 and my goal is to get to 100 at least.Update---I have 97 countrys now and hope to hit 100 with a trip to Norway,Sweden,and Denmark later this year2010)I finally reached my goal 2012 Sept. Now have 102 countrys with a trip to central Europe and Norway in Sept.

PHILOSOPHY

Dont wait to travel , Start young and keep going.Stay in guest houses , hostels or with other couch surfers. You meet locals, travelers from all over the world, spend less money and have a wonderful time.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I had my first guests in Oct 08 and it was a perfect first exsperiance with couchsurfing. I also did my first stay as a member in Nov 08 when I stayed with a wonderful Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho, Africa , in the same town where I was a PCV in 1991-93. My weaknes is that I am not very computer/ technical literate so havent sent in a picture, or listed my contacts and friends but will get one of my grandchildren to teach me how soon.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Have had several guests , all of them wonderful,and am looking forward to others.There have been no problems at all.I have only stayed as a guest once but plan on other stays soon.

Interests

Travel. people, reading, volunteering ,some crafty things, my great grand children. I just started volunteering at the USO facility at the Phoenix airport and find it a very satisfying thing to do.

Music, Movies & Books

I read almost any kind of book other than science fiction, love country music and the old rock and roll and rarely go to movies

One Amazing Thing I've Done

For me , going in the Peace Corps at age 56, after my husband passed away, was one of the best things I ever did for myself. It taught me so much in so many ways and helped me have the confidence to do things I never dreamed I could do

Teach, Learn, Share

I am a good budget traveler and will be glad to answer any questions you might have about how I do it. Have been to over 90 countrys in the last 20 years,Update now have 97

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