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I'm all about being positive and good and doing the right thing. I believe that we create our own reality and think it is very bad to feel down about things as that will only bring you more of feeling down.
I love travel more than just about anything. The sense of wonder at discovering a new culture is absolutely fantastic.
I am trying hard to become fluent in Spanish and spent an amazing summer in Argentina, Costa Rica, and Peru back in 2010.
My husband died in 2006, but I remarried in 2013, and that relationship has taken me to my spirit city, Tacoma, Washington. I love it here!
I'm very interested in paranormal phenomena of various types and would enjoy a good ghost hunt if anybody is down with that!!!
There is so much to say, but little time. So I guess that will have to do for now.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've had couch surfers stay with me twice. Both were great experiences. I have only couchsurfed once, myself, but I hope to do it again!
I have only done it once-in Austin, Texas. Good experience...but I learned that you really shouldn't couchsurf when your whole family is staying together at a hotel (because you are all in town for a wedding).
I am very interested in travel, reading, hiking, walking in general, the paranormal, travel, red wine, Tori Amos, The Beatles, travel, my son, red wine, learning Spanish, education, different cultures, travel, my brother's band (The Victor Mourning), really amazing food, interesting people, red wine, Tori Amos, interesting conversations, the occasional Starbucks, nice dresses, anything environmentally friendly, my nieces, travel, my sisters, red wine, my friends and husband, Tori Amos, travel, and red wine. And of course there is so much more, but that's all I could come up with in three minutes...
Music, Movies, and Books
I'm not huge into movies as they have started to become really raunchy and terrible as time passes. I love, love, love music but am not a big fan of country. I am a huge Tori Amos fan and a huge Beatles fan. I love to read all kinds of things.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I got my current passport in Ecuador. I had to apply for it, and then we headed out to the Galapagos. Upon our return, I went back to the office in hopes my passport would be there. It was. The picture was taken after having arrived in Quito with no luggage. I slept in those clothes and did not shower before my picture was taken. I absolutely love it.
In China, I sat at an art professor's kitchen table that seemed more like the kitchen table of a very poor family living in the ghetto...and had an extremely spicy bite of a chicken foot.
My very first time in Europe was a visit to my then-boyfriend's mother's home in Odendorf, Germany. The temperature was over 80 degrees, and I went outside to bask in the fact that I was in Germany. I took off my shoes and walked barefoot on the sidewalk and the grass without a soul in sight in the entire little village.
On my 4th trip to England, it was my first time driving in the country and the first time having my son along as well. On our way from Stonehenge to Cornwall, I busted two tires on the left side of the car. I stuck out my thumb and was "rescued" by a man from Plymouth. We are still friends, and my then-boyfriend-now-husband and I spent a day with him last January. It was fun to hang out in an English pub with an English friend.
I met Tori Amos! She talked to me and shook my hand. I adore her, so that was huge for me!
The first time I was in Cusco, our tour guide had his arm broken completely in two pieces by another man on our tour...right before my eyes. They were arm wrestling. We all heard the pop. It was our last day in Cusco, and we all sat in stunned amazement as the young man went white with shock and was soon escorted out of the bar by another guide.
My sister and I were in the woods along the beach of Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica. We were surrounded by white faced monkeys, and a huge iguana crossed our path. One monkey followed us because he knew my sister had food in her backpack. It was the first and last time I have been so surrounded by wildlife that I couldn't get to a comfortable distance from the uncertainty that surrounded the situation. Everywhere we turned, we were blocked by another wild animal. And the sea was gorgeous in the background.
The first time I saw the great wall, the first time I saw the colosseum, the first time I saw Machu Picchu, the first time I landed in China and saw all the Chinese people on the tarmac, the first time I saw Ayer's Rock, the first time I saw scads of kangaroos eating grass on the hillsides of Australia, the first time I saw red deer walk regally across the road as we went whipping down the highway through Patagonia...and many, many more moments have been too amazing to describe. There is so much abundance and so many marvelous things in life. I couldn't possibly remember or share them all...
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Peru, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Wales
Countries I’ve Lived In