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University of Florida
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St Augustine, Florida, United States · Member since September 2011
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I am retired from a 25 year career as a school teacher. I spent most of my time teaching 5th grade gifted students, but I also taught part time for 5 years at the college level. I enjoy traveling but I'm not a big fan of hotels. I have found that hostels and bed and breakfasts are more my style, primarily because it is so much easier to meet people.

I enjoy a number of different kinds of exercise: bicycling, yoga, weight lifting, scuba diving and hiking.
Since I retired, I have completed a yoga teachers training course in the Bahamas and earned my TESOL certificate in Guadalajara, Mexico. I spent two months in Arevalo, Spain in the winter of 2011 participating in a Retired Educators Volunteer Program. I returned to Spain in October, 2011 to take part in a shorter volunteer program. In February 2012 I spent a month in Guatemala volunteering with an organization called Rising Minds. I then spent the months of May and June sailing across the Atlantic to Portugal on a 45 ft. sailboat.

I am lucky that I love almost all kinds of food,over the course of the past few years, I find myself gradually eating less meat and fish and more and more vegetables, fruits, and grains. I enjoy reading, especially on my new Kindle. I have a great deal of respect for writers. I was fortunate to work with a co author on writing two college-level textbooks. It was one of the hardest things that I have ever done, I now leave the writing to others, I just read!

My travels have taken me to quite a few places; seems like the past 10 years or so have been concentrated in Central and South America. I hope, at some point, to be able to spend half my time in the States and the rest living in another country. I would like to do volunteer teaching.

I enjoy music and I find my tastes expanding as I get older, I'm appreciating classical music much more that I ever thought that I would. My favorite is still American R&B, I've stuck with that since I was a teenager.