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- Recent studies include Ecole Chocolat (Online School of the Chocolate Arts)
- Writing, documentation, storytelling, and fine chocolate advocate
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I am an easy going, respectful, social, and quiet young male. I enjoy meeting new people, and having the time to explore my surroundings, especially in nature. My favorite activities include travel, hiking, kayaking, climbing, as well as writing, photography, and making and tasting fine chocolate. Openly, I am on a journey that started a few years ago, in conjunction with the initial membership to Airbnb, in 2011. My lifetime goal is to become an ambassador of sustainable cocoa, and the small batch, bean-to-bar chocolate making industry. Craft chocolate makers (in NA) are revolutionizing the way we think about, taste, and experience chocolate. It is a revolution that is changing the industry. And I am more than willing to lend my palate, and love of chocolate to help share the experience.
It is a chance to transition my skills in the arts, communication, science, and technology, with interests in sustainability, agriculture, direct trade, and good food, to pursue this “rocky road” of a chocolate path. First project, refine the palate and taste various single origin and percent cacao chocolate bars. (It is hard tasting all that chocolate!)… Ultimately, it is my hope to raise awareness of and help improve the livelihoods of the cacao farmers—the five to six million farmers around the world that supply the cocoa bean that is used to make chocolate—and in the process, just maybe, help make the world a little sweeter!
I am from Upstate New York, and have spent the majority of my life here. Even though I was educated in the Midwest, in engineering technology, and started my professional life in the steel mill belt along the sand dunes, the southern tip of Lake Michigan. I have been fortunate to travel for various reasons. The majority of my travels have been area in North America (Canada and the USA), followed by Eastern Europe, and a number of Caribbean Islands. I have been as far (east) as Seoul, South Korea. But my favorite destination is still with Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It was my second trip to the area in Oct 2011, and believe the introduction to Airbnb and chance to stay in some pretty amazing places made it that much more memorable and engaging. (Note I am selective with my use of Airbnb, and typically only peruse when I don’t know anyone in the area of travel, or timing and proximity are key drivers.) I hope to be able to return the kindness, and become a host (someday), but my current residential situation does not allow for this kind of hospitality exchange.
The experiences that I have had in my travels and using Airbnb have been encouraging and delightful. I am appreciative of the opportunity to live and experience the type of stay, and continue to warm up to future experiences; a home away from home.
Thank you for the opportunity and consideration.