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  • 58 References 46 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Italian
  • 67, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • Semi-retired; work as court reporter and also as a photog...
  • Degree in Business Administration
  • From Rockford, IL, USA
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About Me


"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."


I am a lover of life and have a passion for travel, learning and experiencing other cultures. Couchsurfing is such a great idea and such a wonderful way to have cultural exchanges with those from other countries. Meeting fellow travelers helps to open our minds and make meaningful connections. I have studied Italian in Rome for 4 weeks and can speak a little broken Italian. After each visit to Italy it calls me back to see new things I have visited Italy 11 times and spent a total of 12 months there.


I treat people the way I would like to be treated. I am open and friendly with a ready smile. I feel life is meant to be enjoyed and the world is to be explored.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


NOTE: CANNOT HOST 8/24-09/07/17 and 09/24-10/18/17

I will make my couch available for visitors when I am not traveling. I live Clearwater, Florida and we are proud to be mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records for the most sunniest days in a year. When it is cold in your home consider visiting mine. Weekends are best for me to host.

So far I have hosted:
Istvan-Budapest, Hungary
Artur-St Petersburg, Russia
Meno and Jan-Gottingen, Germany
Thorsten and Caroline - Munich, Germany
Clinton - England
Susan and Bojan - Berlin, Germany
Richard - South Africa
Ryan - South Africa
Amy - Denver
Andy-Berlin, Germany
Madeleine - Belgium
Dean - North Carolina,
Hui & Wei - Nebraska,
Jessica, Kevin and Sofia - Charleston, SC
Fabian Mueller and Rene - Frankfurt, Germany
Cheryl - Colorado Springs, CO
Mary - Siler City, NC
Natalia - Tallinn, Estonia
Tanya and Marsel - George, South Africa
Bastien Perret - La Plagne, France
Jessica & Jon - Arkansas
Celine & Klaudia - Switzerland
Anne Marie & Marcel - Canada
Barb - Mulberry, Florida
Pip & Brett - Australia
Heinz & Kularp - Switzerland
Tim & Kathrin - Germany
Isabell - Germany
May Jean - Connecticut
Martin & Anja - Ohio
Andrea – Texas
Jimmi & Donna – Denmark
Kathi & Brian – Indiana
Alex – Texas
Echo – Missouri
Steven – Ohio
Flora – China
Dan – England
Gloria – California
Marion – Germany
Stephanie-New York
Emily-New York
I have been hosted by:
John - Pensacola, Florida
Aude - New Orleans, Louisiana
Christine - Maryville, Tennessee
Romy & Matt - Zurich, Switzerland
Kularp & Heinz - Interlaken, Switzerland
Geraldine- Salzburg, Austria,
Shelley - Johannesburg,
Svea - Cape Town,
Brenda & Jorge - Gans Bay


Photography, learning to speak Italian, Yoga, alternative medicines, reading.

  • books
  • photography
  • yoga
  • reading
  • traveling
  • socializing
  • sailing
  • beaches

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Lonesome Dove, As Good As It Gets, Jerry McGuire, The Blues Brothers, 500 Days of Summer


Outlander-Diana Galbaldon
Alaska-James Michener
The Rome Prophecy by Jon Trace
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
South of Broad - Pat Conroy

Music: Rolling Stones, Beatles, Sting, Bob Seger, Steve Miller Band, Adele, Sugarland, BB King, The Eagles, James Taylor, Little Feat, Michael Buble, Norah Jones, Pino Daniele, Rod Stewart, Santana.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Gone on a Safari in South Africa-a pride of lion circled our truck!
Drove around the entire Cape Peninsula south of Cape Town, South Africa
Snorkeled in Hawaii
Taught English to children in Yuyao, China
Climbed the Great Wall of China
Visited Italy 11 times so far
Studied Italian in Rome
Rode a gondola on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
Tossed a coin in Trevi Fountain in Rome
Drove on the Amalfi Coast....incredible views!
Saw the marvelous Grand Canyon
Kissed the Blarney Stone!
Rode on a float plane over Misty Fjords Alaska
Road on a six passenger plane over Denali and landed on a glacier
Swam in the Devils Pool at the top of Victoria Falls
Visited Robben Island

Teach, Learn, Share

Everyday presents an opportunity to learn and try something new. I enjoy meeting people interested in broadening their horizons, trying new things and learning from others and sharing their own interests with others. This is how we grow as individuals.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Memories of travels as well as photos. Learning from you about places you've been. Showing you around the beautiful beaches in Clearwater.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Bahamas, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Saint Martin (French part), Sint Maarten (Dutch part), Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Virgin Islands, U.S., Zambia, Zimbabwe

Countries I’ve Lived In

Italy, United States

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