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Barbara

Hey, I’m Barbara!

California, United States · Member since October 2011
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What inspires you?

Nature inspires me; being in the mountains makes me feel happy and at peace; walking on the Bay Trail and feeling the breeze makes me feel alive.

I enjoy meeting people, traveling, the outdoors, cooking, lifelong learning, quiet time, and knitting. I have hosted people from many different countries in my home dating from before Airbnb time.

It is a pleasure to provide non-smoking guests with a peaceful place to rest and relax from sightseeing, conferencing, studies, work, or visiting family and friends.

When I travel, I like to experience life as the residents do. I try to learn some phrases in the native language, and always enjoy learning to cook some food characteristic of your home country.

I've worked with people from around the world, have been an editor-in-chief of a high tech magazine, and written and illustrated a book for kids. I have coached leaders and executives for over 15 years, and consulted to senior people in companies like Apple, Adobe, Oracle, Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, government agencies, higher education and non-profits. I have traveled to Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, South Asia, Mexico, Canada, and Senegal.

I don't smoke, can't be near smokers, or stay in places where people have smoked. I don't drink much alcohol. and don't like loud music or loud parties.

I'm the kind of visitor who doesn't want to impose on my host. I clean up after myself, and like to leave your place as nice or better than I found it.

I speak a little Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and can understand some German and Cantonese.