Writer of one published novel, retired community college administrator, long-time public interest then government lawyer, I was born in Upstate New York and have been slowly moving closer to the Equator for many years. I now contentedly live in San Antonio.
Having family and friends to visit throughout the US and Canada and enjoying other international travel, too, I appreciate airbnb's fresh combination of practicality and congeniality. Within the year I've stayed at very pleasing well-located airbnb homes and apartments in Istanbul and Portland, Oregon.
My style of travel is to read guidebooks (Lonely Planet, Moon and others of that ilk) rent Netflix and read novels in translation from the country for months before I travel so I have as much context as possible and to help me see and understand at least some of the realities behind what I'll see. In most places I've been a two- or three-star (clean & safe) hotel traveler. Though I enjoyed visiting the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu, I also try to see beyond the tourist level. In Istanbul a high point was attending a Sufi Sema at a Mevlana, both for prayers and chanting and for the men and women dervishes.
I enjoy places that are rich in history. Istanbul is, of course; also I was knocked sideways by my first visit to India last year, when as a traveling companion said it felt as if the top of our heads were being opened to admit a torrent of sense impressions and information, historical, present-time, a lot of everything.
I'm middling venturesome in trying new foods. I don't much care to eat insects however tastily prepared. When traveling I enjoy having a quiet refuge from all the new impressions outside the door, so a peaceful apartment or room suits me. I'm a quiet visitor. I enjoy engaging my host in conversation about her or his city. My favorite travel rhythm is to eat breakfast where I'm staying, lunch at a nice restaurant, with a light evening meal "at home" and lots of walking in between.
Favorite authors include Walter Mosely, Thomas Kenneally, Peter Carey, Edna O'Brien, Penelope Fitzgerald, Haruki Murakami, Rohinton Mishtry and Tolstoy. I've enjoyed stories, novels and biographies by Arvind Adiga, Bapsi Sidhwa and Vikram Seth. I still savor and re-read parts of Paul Scott's Raj Quartet.
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