My wife and I are in our late 50s and recently retired, her from UC and me from a long IT career. I'm a published writer working on a historical novel and she's making and selling jewelry. She's a San Francisco native and I've lived in the Bay Area since 1978. We have owned our home in NW Berkeley since 1984. We are frequent travelers and always try to live like locals as much as possible. As guests, we're quiet and respectful of all the people around us but friendly and love to chat. We enjoy reading, playing games, and listening to music. We believe a place is best explored through slow travel: walking, cycling, learning local history, ethnography, and ecology.