Hello! I'm Jon. I read an article in the Sunday NY Times travel section called 'Europe Without Hotels' in July 2010. It was there I learned about Airbnb. Till then I'd been an active Couch Surfer, recently being appointed as a City Ambassador for NYC, hosting & traveling with their service since the summer of 2008. I signed up, and have been enjoying traveling with Airbnb ever since.
I'm also a RPCV (Returned Peace Corps Volunteer) who served in Morocco as an Environmental Education Specialist and have since been working with the United Nations. I left the organization in 2009 to pursue my dream of opening a Bowling Center & Drive-In Movie Theatre (I'm a USBC League Bowler with a current 190 average).
I read, write, speak, & occasionally teach Arabic, and run the largest Arabic Meetup community in the world [NYCALCC com]. I'm honored to be the first non-Moroccan to be named 'Moroccan of the Month' on WAFIN (April, 2006).
As a native New Yorker I know how to live cheaply and still enjoy what this great city offers. My girlfriend and I run THRIFTAHOLICS . There you can find info on how to see Broadway & Off-Broadway shows really cheap, how to get in to special pre-release film screenings, and how to visit most NYC museums for almost nothing - and that's just for starters!
I'm a seasoned traveler and love meeting new people. I love showing folks around my krazi city! If you're a cyclist, and 'road-savvy', perhaps I can take you on a bike tour of my island : )
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