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Overview

  • 414 References 332 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning French, German
  • 59, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Semi-retired, mature-age student
  • University post-graduate (MEdSt)
  • From Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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About Me

ABOUT ME

My name's Frank. In 1993, I moved from Melbourne to Queensland for sunshine, and ended up getting a job in Cairns with its beautiful natural environment and balmy weather, ideal for the naturist (nudist) lifestyle I practise.

CURRENT MISSION

To find community.

PHILOSOPHY

Choose love over fear.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

Since Valentine's Day, 2008, I was an enthusiastic part of the couchsurfing community, initially for companionship, but soon also to expand my mind.

I hosted several hundred guests, most of whom became my friends. Some guests stayed for a considerable time, allowing us to become close friends. See me in this video from one of my guests https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0E1bBYLDjg&list=SPhpg6gv-UYV4QrHju7QDm4baMircaNQVB&index=20, or listen to this song one of my guests wrote and recorded for me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vct0Kahlu0I.

In 2011, after hosting so many Germans, I gained the courage to move out of my comfort zone and travel overseas for the first time in 32 years to see many of these new friends. Read about my travels here http://www.travelpod.com/members/frankap211

Since October, 2015, my opinions about couchsurfing have changed: it has become a corporation; is no longer community driven; and website changes occur without consultation, notification, or explanation.

Interests

In my desire to connect with nature, I like bush walking, gardening, and naturism. Environmental, planning, and social issues capture my serious attention, sometimes prompting me to write to the media. I'm also interested in healthy/sustainable living, entertainment (e.g., movies and theatre), Melbourne radio/TV history, local/family history, architecture, culture, writing, and acting.

  • arts
  • culture
  • writing
  • architecture
  • design
  • acting
  • education
  • environment
  • movies
  • hiking
  • history
  • tourism
  • naturism
  • sustainability
  • theatre
  • urban planning

Music, Movies, and Books

I have some CDs I bought when hosting a gay radio show in the '90s, and some vinyl records from my youth, but prefer being entertained by others' live music/singing. I appreciate art-house movies and documentaries that provoke thought, and read mainly non-fiction material related to my areas of interest.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Visiting my couchsurfing friends in Germany!

Teach, Learn, Share

Ubuntu and Earth Charter principles are important and I try to teach/learn/share ways of living peacefully/sustainably.

What I Can Share with Hosts

As the Cairns region is so beautiful, I don't normally travel far, and due to couchsurfing's changes I am unlikely to seek new hosts through the website. I now write impressions on my blog, where there are no deadlines and I can post updates whenever I choose. http://frankscouchsurfingcomments.blogspot.com.au/

Countries I’ve Visited

Germany, New Caledonia, Singapore, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia

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