Curious and adventurous by nature, interested in almost everything, always ready to learn, eager to be surprised, up for new experiences. Not a crowd follower, I like to make the choices that are right for myself and my family. University educated (MA in French literature + diploma in translation), self-employed translator (specialized in the wine, food, tourism industries) and business English teacher. Originally Canadian (born and raised in Vancouver) and now with dual French citizenship, I have been living in Lyon, France since 1999 with my French husband. We have three gorgeous daughters (12, 9 and almost 3) who are all bilingual. Main passions include travel, cooking, food from around the world, gardening, surfing, music and dance but many more interests than can be named....
We have tried couchsurfing before, in Sweden in the summer of 2012. We were very happy this summer to have hosted in return one of the families who welcomed us. For nearly a year now we have been using airbnb and have always been more than satisfied. We believe travel is a lot more than experiencing a boring old hotel room!
I like people who are optimistic, trustworthy, civically minded, not invasive, honest and sincere and believe that it is these types of people who participate in the airbnb experience.
Two of the most interesting trips I have taken have been to Japan in 2001 to celebrate the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau (work), admire the autumn leaves and eat the most divinely beautiful food ever (pleasure), and Senegal in 2009 where I attended a dance and percussion workshop. We were hosted by a family of griots and lived almost like the locals. I like trips where I feel transported to another planet. Europe is full of great cities to visit too, don't get me wrong!
I/We look forward to staying in your home and invite you to look at our references to see that we are trustworthy, respectful guests!