Alex and I are a recently married couple who live in New York. Lauren is working on a PhD in political science at Columbia University, and Alex works on financial inclusion at MasterCard. We are huge Airbnb fans, having been both hosts and guests several times. Our apartment in Harlem is a warm space peppered with dog toys and stuff from travels around Africa and the Caribbean. We really like hosting visitors and entertaining friends for dinners and drinks. Lauren is originally from the San Francisco area and Alex grew up between Paris and a couple West African countries.