I have lived abroad most of my professional life as an economist, working with the United Nations (UNDP and other organisations) in a dozen countries on different continents. I really enjoy meeting people from different backgrounds, visiting them in their own cultures, conversing with them over the Internet. My favourite places were in the Mediterranean and in South America, but in the last couple of decades, commercialisation has spoilt much of their attraction for me. Beaches, mountains, wildlife reserves, nature in general. A few exciting cities like New York and Paris. I love reading, watching good films, listening to music across the continents. My partner, Sukanya, who will share our Airbnb hosting, has a growing fascination and creativity for home cooking and teaching. She designs clothing and textile products from handloom silks and cottons and runs a boutique in our home.