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  • Fluent in English; learning French, Greek (modern), Hebrew (modern)
  • 75, Female
  • Member since 2014
  • Just retired from the U.S. government. I am exploring the...
  • several M.A. degrees: International Relations/African Stu...
  • From Boston, Massachusetts till age 7
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About Me


To explore new places with new friends


I am a woman of many parts and evolving interests - cultured, artistic, well traveled (lived, worked, studied in a number of countries). Equally at home in a mud hut or dressed for the opera. Just retired from a rewarding, international, U. S. government job. I continue to be a Teaching Artist of Spanish Dance for Arts for the Aging. - see website.


I look for harmony and purpose in life. This includes being of service to community, intellectually growing, and finding my inner creativity. I am at an age where "gratitude" is in my vocabulary. I try to find something, however small, to make each day worth living. Whether it is an encounter with someone or just sitting on my porch and listening to the birds.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Hmm. Not sure what this means. Will have to come back to this


None yet, although I have stayed with host families in a number of countries (Uzbekistan, Armenia, Georgia, etc) through other programs


Energized by meeting people of different cultures and of all ages. I am very interested in history and arts. Drawn to architecture, dance, puppetry, theater, sites with Roman mosaics, prehistoric art, museums. Interested in cooking and learning new recipes. I'm a vegetarian who will sit across from a carnivore without giving a sermon. Up for most anything that doesn't harm people, animals or the environment.

  • animals
  • birds
  • arts
  • theater
  • architecture
  • dancing
  • environment
  • cooking
  • recipes
  • coffee
  • vegetarian
  • drinking
  • socializing
  • opera
  • history

Music, Movies, and Books

The gamut.

Just read: Jerusalem-a history; biography of Simone Weil; the Tale of Murasaki; Playing a Harmonica

Recently saw: Her, The Matchmaker (Israeli), Flamenco films

I usher at local theaters and chamber concert series

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I dont know if any of this is amazing to others but they were life forming experiences for me:

Watched the sun come up among the palm trees in Libya
Ate a perfectly ripe fig which just fell off a tree - Sicily
Sat in a hut in Ethiopia drinking coffee with local women
Lived in Jerusalem
Overcame my fear and kayaked across a river
Survived 2 years of Peace Corps in Africa

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach: English, Spanish Dance, movement program with older people.

Learn: anything/everything

Share: cooking/exploring

Countries I’ve Visited

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Chile, Georgia, India, Japan, Uzbekistan

Countries I’ve Lived In

Chad, Greece, Israel, Italy, Libya

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