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38 years of age, fairly well traveled (especially as a kid), progressive and open minded, intuitive and logical.
OK, going on the guidance below about what to write about myself.....I don't really have favourites, as I like lots of examples of different genre, but on an individual basis as they come, and I generally don't hold on to the facts, but the memory or essence of the experience. I really appreciate talent, creativity, innovation and integrity in everything, and that is my guide. I am inclined not to follow the general consensus and instead make up my own mind, however I do appreciate and respect sub genres, where a small concentration of like minded people foment interesting and creative "movements". I hope all that doesn't sound too pretentious or navel gazey ;-)
I love music and dancing, although now that I'm getting on in years ;-) I don't get out much. So, even though I hate to admit it, I can't dance for 5 hours solid anymore, I'd be doing well to do two songs back to back! I also can't drink anymore (booooo!) such a lightweight am I these days, that I start to get a hangover before I'm finished my second drink!! As a former tequila drinker, this makes me feel a certain amount of shame, but I am now quite content to go a month or two without a drink, and still feel interesting ;-) I am interested in people from all walks of life, and can pretty much talk to anyone. However, being something of a philosopher, I do like to step back and watch, or be alone with my thoughts.
Myself and my love, Javier (from Spain, together almost 10 years now), after spending much of our adult lives working in bars and restaurants, and also as ex smokers, are doing our best to live healthy balanced lives. So we now like to go for good long walks, amongst trees preferably, cycle or in Javi's case; a nice jog a coupl'a times a week. We like dogs and children, as they too seem to like us, however we have none of our own yet (soon, soon). We like our food, as long as it is good quality ingredients and fresh, preferably local and organic. We do eat as healthily as we can much of the time with a focus on vegetables, but we are omnivores, and greedy little piggies when the nyummy stuff is around.
As with everything pretty much, we like variety, and try not to get too precious, so we are pretty relaxed about where we stay. Personally, I have stayed in some pretty rustic surrounds and grew up camping, so I'm game for anything (but I am house-trained and know how to sit at table properly!), although Javi prefers a touch more creature comforts. We are both very comfortable wherever we find ourselves, especially if we have the right clothes.
When we travel, we do like to make the most of our time and be out and about as much as we can, but it is great then to come back to a bit of peace and quiet, so we can chill out, have a little chat about the days events, maybe read or watch something on the laptop and get a good sleep, to recharge for the next day. Keeping our equilibrium is important, so that we can get the most out of our trip.
As we are new to Airbnb, we do not have the experience of hosting, although we have been told by friends and family that we are most welcoming, helpful and easy going. As guests, we will be easy going and friendly, respectful and considerate of host's space, time and efforts, and of course, their home. While we are definitely open to the odd chat with our hosts, and enjoy a good conversation over a glass of wine or coffee should the moment be right, we are pretty self-contained and low maintenance, yet open to, and grateful for local guidance and recommendations, as that always helps to get to the soul of a place quicker.
I have many life "mottos" but they basically boil down to; to be as honest as possible (in all it's forms), endeavour to not be judgmental with ourselves or others, and to be open to what life brings.