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  • Fluent in English; learning French, Spanish
  • 66, Other
  • Member since 2008
  • Retired teacher of the natural sciences now a part-time t...
  • Wandering the globe, seeking wise counsel and later forma...
  • From Hobart, Tasmania
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About Me


Tread lightly and share this wonderful world


Leaving Tasmania at 19 to spend three years wandering first in Africa, then Asia and Europe was the seed from which my life journey took me from my sheltered convict island ancestry to deeper understandings. The ocean is where I play now, either surfing cold southern waters or annual pilgrimages to Indonesia as well as sailing my 10m yacht. Three grown children have flown but often share my full life with my new partner, Cynthia. Since retiring as a college geology and environmental science teacher in 2007 I have continued to project my love of this island as a guide for a local tour company which focuses on the outdoor active back packer.


To love life and to grow wiser with each new experience. To seek simple pleasure, knowledge and understanding of this planet through a life journey which is open to all possibilities. To journey with eyes, ears and heart open.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Cynthia and I have a spare room with a bed for one or two. We enjoy sharing time, food and laughs with outgoing friendly like minded people.
We live in a conjoined older house in an inner city suburb close to the best cafe, live music, pub scene in Hobart. Compared to bigger cities Hobart is like us however, sedate and too mellow for some.


Traveling in Europe in 2009 was an enriching and wonderful experience largely because of the generosity of our CS hosts. We surfed in France and Spain and all were generous and interesting hosts.


Green issues and philosophies.
How the land and history defines our life journey.
Sport - playing and watching.
A quiet cafe, good coffee, selection of daily papers or chat with friends.
To sit at peace on a mountain or a still anchorage.

  • animals
  • dining
  • coffee
  • pub crawls
  • yachting
  • traveling
  • music
  • live music
  • outdoor activities
  • surfing
  • sailing
  • sports
  • teaching
  • genealogy
  • geology
  • history
  • science
  • tourism

Music, Movies, and Books

The English Patient, Amelie and many more movies. Not keen on Hollywood blockbuster film - away from mainstream but not too art house. Any good world music, blues. K D Lang way up the long list.
Enjoy getting lost in a good book - Cormack McCarthy, Nicholas Shakespeare Bruce Chatwin and Tim Winton recently.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Watching killer whales rise vertically above the sea ice as they eyed the progress of our ice breaker as it moved slowly along the coast of Antarctica during a recent summer season I spent working on that amazing continent.

Teach, Learn, Share

The ancient history of Gondwanaland and how that legacy makes Tasmania such a unique place. The geology as well as the native plants and animals help tell that story.

Countries I’ve Visited


Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, South Africa

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