Paula Swenson


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  • Fluent in English; learning German, Greek (modern), Italian, Turkish
  • 60, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • human being, creative mentor, artist, teacher
  • travel, college, books, listening to my students
  • From born in Minnesota, USA - grew up nomadic
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About Me


Building bridges between cultures, learning to be a better human.


I'm a wanderer, an artist, and a lover of life. I was lucky enough to be married for 22 years to my best friend, who also loved to travel. Now that he has passed on, I feel the need to stay put for a while, but I'll be looking for couches again, by and by . . .


A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving -- Lao Tzu

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Because I'm a wanderer, I'm more likely to end up on your couch than vice-versa, but I will always make a place for fellow explorers wherever I am! The world is an amazing place -- I want to see it all!!! I hope to spend time on all 7 continents before I leave this planet.


I've been a part of the no longer functioning The World For Free, and also Hospitality Exchange . . . some of my best friends are people I have met while traveling . .. which is why couchsurfing is SO awesome!!!!!


Food, wine, art, history, cultures (especially folk culture), world music, all music that's live and genuine, PEOPLE, languages, LAUGHTER, exploration.

Music, Movies, and Books

yes, yes, yes!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Oh, too many choices -- It's an amazing world out there, just leave your house and look around!

OK, if I HAVE to pick one, an amazing thing was hot-air ballooning over Kapadokya!!! Awesome in every sense of the word!!!!

Teach, Learn, Share

Hey, great idea -- I'm an artist and always willing to encourage people to explore ways of expressing themselves visually.

and I've taught English and will always trade for lessons in your language.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, San Marino, Slovakia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Poland, Tunisia, Turkey

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