I sing with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Other passions are history (and books about history!), museums (they're about history), restoring vintage furniture (fixing historic things!), cooking ethnic cuisine (my favorites are from the countries around the Mediterranean), and traveling internationally as often as possible. If you're from Italy, France, or Finland, we'll have stories to share!
For many years I taught English one-on-one through a unique home stay/language immersion program. Former students were Japanese accountants and bankers, a Swiss politician, a German lawyer, an Italian language school director, a Spanish public administrator, a Corsican air traffic controller, and French and Belgian teens prepping for university TOEFL exams. I'm still in touch with many of them. I've also visited former students and house guests in Hungary, Northern Ireland, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and England.
Since 2004, I've been offering my guest master bedroom to more travelers from all over the world. It's a fabulous way to share cultures, and to be an ambassador for my native San Francisco.
I'm also an enthusiastic Airbnb guest, and have rented a room in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as well closer to home in Petaluma, California, and entire apartments in Florence, Italy, for several months at a time. My adult son, Andrew, has welcomed and hosted guests in my absence, and has also been an Airbnb guest in Italy twice.