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  • 17 References 14 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning German, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish
  • 38, Other
  • Member since 2008
  • Jess: Airline Customer Service Phil: Project Manager
  • No education listed
  • From Sydney, NSW, Australia
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About Me


To learn Swedish


Phil and I like to think we're fairly normal, friendly, respectful people. We enjoy a chat over a cup of tea and hearing traveller's stories. We like to be kind to the environment and help others. We have a silly sense of humour.


We're working on it. We thought we had it a couple of years ago, but now we're re-evaluating.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


We host in Sydney and we surf around the world!


We have met people with whom we made immediate friends; people who talked all the time and followed us around the house; and we met some people who hardly talked at all kept to themselves. Each to their own!


*vegetable gardening
*languages (Spanish, German, Swedish, Japanese)
*computers & I.T.
*second-hand shops & garage sales
*fixing things
*the out-of-doors
*the environment
*relaxing evenings with friends

  • photography
  • environment
  • gardening
  • traveling
  • garage sales
  • scuba diving
  • swimming
  • languages

Music, Movies, and Books

*Tillsammans (Swedish)
*most foreign movies
*Bridget Jones
*Austin Powers
*Non-Hollywood movies unless they are Australian.
*Phil also likes anything a guy would enjoy!

*Big Bang Theory
*How I Met Your Mother
*David Attenbrough documentaries
*Shaun Micallef
*Border Security
*Boston Legal
*Grand Designs.

*Jack Johnson
*John Butler Trio
*chill-out music
*Jose Gonzalez
*Nelly Furtado
*Something for Kate
*Kings of Leon
*Vampire weekend
*Birds of Tokyo

Foreign books to improve our languages.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

*dived in an area in the Andaman Sea that's in the top 10 dive areas of the world. Awesome!
*watched the sunrise over Lake Titicaca
*had icicles form on my eye-lashes in Bolivia

Phil has worked at the snow in Japan, Germany and Canada and has seen some amazing things in his travels too.

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach: When I, Jess, first joined couchsurfing, I did an experiment: - I let just about anyone stay with me, to get to know people who aren't so similar to me. I found it a bit interesting and educating... but I really learned that you need to pick people who you think you would definitely get along with. You can get to know people who aren't so similar to you by other means than having them live with you.

Learn: If you know Swedish, I'd love to practice with you!

Share: I got talking to a random man on the train in Germany once and after 15 minutes he gave me DM100 to enjoy the rest of my travels. Strange but lovely!

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Fiji, Finland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Germany, Japan, Malta

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