The online world continues! This airBnB is an exciting find. About me: I spent most of my young adulthood traveling throughout the US--and a bit abroad--growing my view of the world. I've been an opinion poller, a ski instructor and a pre-school cook among many other ventures and adventures. My undergraduate degree is in Anthropology with much coursework in American Indian Studies/Indigenous Rights.
Presently, my husband and I are rather sedentary--although we do make local get-a-ways from time to time. Finding each other later in life, we are focusing on family and making the most of our daily lives. We have a son who we lost in childbirth last year and that has forever transformed us. Finding the joy in aspects of life again when we went from our most joyous moment to our most traumatic and saddened just a year ago has been a challenge. Yet, we are here and we keep living and hoping.
We tend toward environmental sensibilities. We eat organically as much as we can find. I am vegetarian and my husband has limited his meats to mostly those from grass-fed animals...trying our best to eat outside of all of today's factory farming. In regards to lodging, I have multiple chemical sensitivities and can only stay in environments that are relatively fragrance-free. So that is an important match on here. We need hosts who launder with detergents that are not heavily scented (preferably, unscented or allergy-free) and do not use fabric softener. Fabric softener residue does remain in the dryer and transfer to future loads, so it is not just a matter of forgoing it once for us. Not big on scented candles or air fresheners either. Essential oils are okay; fragrance ones are not. Febreeze is awful for me (*cough..cough..gasp*). We are both animal lovers and, thankfully, not allergic to them.
Professionally, I am a speech-language therapist and my husband a book editor. There are many other interests we are drawn to. I've been working a lot to increase awareness about the dangers of genetically modified foods...or the organisms that are created by the genetic engineering processes...the GMOs....that are in our food and migrate to the soil systems, too. My husband dabbles in photography. He was a journalist in his youth and took up running in his mid 30's. When I met him, the walls of his bedroom were covered in numbers from all of the races he had run. I love swimming, but seldom do anymore as we are not near a lake and NJ is very slow to get chlorine-free pools. I'm not allergic to chlorine, but prefer to avoid it for regular swimming. I used to swim at least 4 days per week once upon a time. We love people, animals and nature and also enjoy urban environments. Love the idea of staying with locals around the world!