This is totally going to sound like an online dating advert! Yikes!
I'm Colin, coming to visit you from Montreal, QC. I work in the banking industry, and have been in the business for just over six years. I graduated from UBC with a degree in Forestry, obviously not doing that at the moment.
I moved to Montreal from BC in August 2013, and have been enjoying my new home, new city, and exploring. I just completed 6 months of intensive French classes, so I'm looking forward to having a social life again for the summer.
Tell them what five things I can't live without? Well, outside of the obvious (oxygen, food, family, etc.), I'd say, in no particular order:
- plants/a garden; and
I lived in France for a year back in 2007 as part of a working holiday, and that country holds a special place in my heart. During that time, I also travelled extensively throughout Europe. When travelling, I like to have a rough schedule of what to do, but I don't really like things to be set in stone, as it makes you very unflexible, and you need flexibility when out in the world. I usually just like to have an idea of things I'd like to do when visiting somewhere. Oh, and I love love LOVE to eat, so food is probably one thing that's a for-sure on my agenda when I'm travelling. My profile picture is me in Osaka, Japan, about to devour some takoyaki.
I haven't hosted, but have used Airbnb twice so far. I was an active member of (website hidden) in Europe, and met many great people through the site and my travels, many of whom I still keep in touch with. Since being back in Canada, I have avoided using (website hidden), as I find that many people use it here for finding a free place to stay, and I feel that that goes against one of the main tenets of (website hidden). Airbnb seems like a better option in this sense, where you still have the option of getting to know your hosts, but you're not relying on them to look after you.
Anything else, ask away! :)