I grew up in NYC and moved to coastal New England where I have spent years teaching and doing research on whales out on the waters of the Gulf of Maine. I have taught science and marine workshops to children of all ages, and on the graduate level to science teachers. We left New York when my daughter was 7. I spent eight weeks this past spring, doing science workshops for children at a school in Harlem. Teaching, back in NYC has been such a high. My students appreciate every thing I do with them, or attempt to do (the duck eggs didn't actually hatch this time). Their excitement feeds mine.
My favorite go-to destination is Oaxaca, Mexico. It feels like home, even if I am the only person in the state who thinks I speak Spanish.
I love to walk, hike, kayak, and explore. I've traveled widely. Seeing new places and trying out new languages is a treat but the biggest high is always the people you meet. I've loved using airbnb while on the West Coast. It's such a nice way to have an insider view of a new area. In Vancouver, I stayed with a wonderful couple while I had a chance to spend time out on the water with different Orca pods. In Seattle, I enjoyed a math institute that much more, while staying in an apartment of another airbnb couple. Upon return to the East Coast, I again used Airbnb apartments around NYC.