After a long career in both Corporate and Civil Service working in Telecommunications, I am now retired and enjoying being both a host and guest at other Airbnb locations ( in Italy). I also donate professional time to several charitable causes. My favorite cause is working as a Volunteer Recruiter for the American Red Cross, mainly for Disaster Action Team Service Responders. I have been an Airbnb host for the past (3) years, and have met many wonderful people from all over the world. It is a way to travel without leaving home. I love learning about people - how they live and the adventures they have to share. As a traveler myself, I also get ideas from my guests - Airbnb folks tend to enjoy different cultures, learning how indigenous people live, by staying with them. My motto has always been to "live and let live," as a host I am there if you need me, but really give my guests the room and freedom they need to relax before going out to explore and enjoy Chicago.