Alex and I are a couple who live between New York and Bogota, Colombia. Lauren is working on a PhD in political science at Columbia University, and Alex works in telecommunications in Latin America. We are huge Airbnb fans, having been both hosts and guests several times. Our apartments in Bogota and the Upper West Side of Manhattan are warm spaces peppered with stuff from travels around Africa and the Caribbean. We really like hosting visitors and entertaining friends for dinners and drinks. Lauren is originally from San Francisco and Alex grew up between Paris and a couple West African countries.