Jon Steiner

Salem, OR, United States

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About Me


Meeting local people while traveling on a nine month around the world adventure. Photo mission- taking photos of street art and graffiti everywhere I go-yes, even if most grandfathers don't do this!


I taught French in high school for 40 years, took many of my own students to France and organized exchange groups for other French teachers around the U.S. Bought a good camera upon retirement, am now traveling the world and organizing exhibits when I am home. My sons and grandson are my main reasons for spending time at home; however, they understand my interest in travel and tolerate my absence.


Live life to the fullest, help others whenever possible, show compassion for those less fortunate than I. Never grow up! Be an eternal student.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I have friends in many countries, but am always interested in new experiences. I avoid tour groups, cruises and organized travel. Thanks to CS I have made many new friends around the world and am considered part of the family by many. This is amazing! Often, it is difficult to leave once we have shared so many interesting times together. I have attended CS group gatherings in Spain and Australia, something I will continue to do when I return home.


Wonderful experiences with amazing people during my 9 month around the world adventure. CS in Grenada, Spain at the beginning of my trip. Stellenbosch, So. Africa near Capetown- 3 days became 10 - two different stays with graduate students at the university, Hong Kong, 2 nights with a wonderful American host teaching English in an international school, 10 days with an Indian family near Jaipur- their first CS experience, the family was wonderful and the son and his friends all became my "betas- grandsons" and I became their "dada- grandfather" during the stay. I hear from them at least once/week. They drove me to see the Taj Mahal- amazing. Chiang Mai- hosted by an American ex-pat teaching ESL there- stayed for 5 nights, Melbourne, Australia- Daniel and Peter have become close friends and are terrific hosts. Three nights have turned into 14!!!! We spent a day driving to the Great Ocean Road and had a wonderful day. I feel like a part of the family everywhere I go.


Nearly everything- even learning about cricket and rugby! France, French culture, travel, photography, geology, meeting students and educators around the world, volunteer opportunities. I like cooking and gardening. Whenever possible, I visit art museums and galleries when traveling. Recently I have become interested in street art around the world and have an exhibit of photos taken in Paris, Lyon, Buenos Aires and Istanbul, Madrid, Grenada, Seville, Barcelona, Fes, Joberg, Capetown, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Hanoi, Sydney, Melbourne.

Music, Movies, and Books

French literature in general, recent books: Three Cups of Tea, Stones into Schools, What's the What, Istanbul, Say You're One of Them, The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Little Angels (novice monks in Thailand)
French music, African music, some classical music, jazz
French movies, movies usually shown in arts theatres, Slumdog Millionaire

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Sleeping under the stars in a Tuareg encampment near Timbuktu.
Most beautiful cities located on water- Capetown, Barcelona, Sydney, SF, Seattle, Hong Kong. Halong Bay and Sapa in Viet Nam, Ankor Wat in a thunderstorm. Climbing Lion's Head and Table Mt. in Capetown. Having a "braille" in Langa township in So. Africa. Sydney harbor from a local ferry, hiking to waterfalls in the Blue Mts. of NSW, Australia, and gazing at the landscapes of the Great Ocean Rd. in Victoria, Australia.
Watching the sunset over the Taj Mahal!

Teach, Learn, Share

I am always happy to help those who want to practice their French.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Mali, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

France, Morocco, United States

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