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My mission is to see as much, experience as much, feel as much and love as much as I can before it's over!
I'm single(been widowed for many years)and am an adventurous lady of 61. I used to be a "city mouse" and now I'm a "country mouse"--living in a very rural area in Michigan (tip of the thumb). I'm an amateur actress and perform in plays for our local community theatre. I have traveled quite a bit in the US and internationally. I love it!
Life is for the living.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I am brand new at this (9/11/12).
My interests: travel, photography, gardening, ships, dancing, and always people.
- performing arts
- outdoor activities
Music, Movies, and Books
I love great stories about individuals, families and any tale of relationships. I also devour travel books and those in the "self-help" category.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
During the summer before my senior year in high school, I went to France with 200 other students to study French and travel around France, Italy and Monaco. I came down with Bronchitis and couldn't leave the dorm for the first week on the Riviera (Antibes). I spent most of my money on medication and had to have my parents wire me more. The only place to get the money was in Nice, an hour away by train. So, the "principal" of the group of students (my French teacher) let a fellow student and I go alone to Nice to pick up the money at Western Union. We did and went shopping. Afterwards we sat at an outdoor cafe eating, and drinking wine. I kept repeating, "Do you realize where we are and we're only 16 and all by ourselves?!" We got back on the train when we were supposed to and returned to our school without a scratch. To this day, I'm awestruck by that experience (and there were many more from that trip). I'm still awestruck by it.
Another moment: From the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge,watching the cloud of fog literally roll over the hilltop and into the bay. It was an amazing sight which is repeated nearly every day I'm told.
A third: standing on a launch pad at Baikonur, which is Russia's equivalent to our Cape Canaveral.
I was there in the summer of 1990 on a Citizen's Ambassador League trip focusing on Aerospace. I went as one of three journalists who were introduced as leading journalists from the United States. We stayed overnight in the residence hall where the cosmonauts slept and left on their space missions. I was allowed to sit in the copilot seat on the Aeroflot plane that took us there from Moscow. This was near the end of the Soviet Union and they were very interested in doing some joint ventures with us for space exploration.
The day we visited Kiev, Ukraine, their parliament was voting to secede from the Soviet Union. We could hear the speeches broadcast outside the government building where they were meeting.
It was a tremendous time to be there and given such privileged access. I'll never forget it.