Pat Plum

Elwood, Victoria, Australia

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  • artist, ESL tutor, student
  • have returned to school, and am at uni studying my underg...
  • From Malvern, Victoria, Australia
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About Me


How difficult it is, to box oneself in by a description!! Well … my soul is fed by people, their stories, nature, art, culture, the quirky rather than the conventional, and both the old and traditional, and the ultra modern. I value compassion, authenticity, sensitivity, caring, and reverence for life, including our bodies and our inner being. Health, happiness, and the environment are priorities for me. And after many years of four young children, I now very much value order and cleanliness!


I believe that, as importantly as anything else, every thought we think creates our life and our world. Quotes that sum up some of my core philosophies about life, include:

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” (Shakespeare)

“I have found if you love life, life will love you back.” (Arthur Rubenstein)

“Live life as if everything is rigged in your favour.” (Rumi)

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there.” (Rumi)

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


When my children were younger I taught them the importance of getting an education and travel (and, hopefully, more education and more travel) before they became serious about life. And because I felt that I didn’t do enough of either before, you know, marriage, kids, mortgage... now that my children have grown, I’m picking up on doing as I taught them. I’m currently studying an undergraduate arts degree at university, and have been hosting couch surfers for the past few years, preparatory to beginning my travel (yes, in my old age ;-)


Through couch surfing, I’ve met some of the most inspiring, beautiful people I know.


I have eclectic tastes and interests. I’m a minimalist. I collect dice, and blue and white china. I dislike plastic, artificial food and fragrances, and anything that is unhealthy or garish. l enjoy time with friends and family, reading, movies, walking, yoga, inline skating, and ambient, traditional, or ultra contemporary environments. And random everyday objects with a history.

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Melancholia, Pina,
Music: Leonard Cohen, Kate Bush, Karunesh, Mandalay, Mary Black, Low, Steve Halpern, Simon and Garfunkel, Enya, Missy Higgins, George Michael, Deva Primal & Miten, Daphne Tse, Peia.
Books: Mrs Dalloway (Virginia Woolf), anything written by Isabel Allende, The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy), The Four Agreements (Don Miguel Ruiz), Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (Richard Carlson), The Odyssey (Homer), The Iliad (Homer), The Portobello Road - short story (Muriel Spark).

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Giving birth to each of my four beautiful children at home.

Teach, Learn, Share

I’m more into sharing and experiencing than “teaching” or “learning.” So I guess that for me, it’s about just sharing life and the moment and who we are.

Countries I’ve Visited

New Zealand, Singapore

Countries I’ve Lived In


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