I'm an interpreter who's been in DC for 4 years (as of 2012). I love it here!
I speak a couple languages, have lived with 30 roommates at my last count (I've lived in 3 different group houses with month-to-month leases, & lots of subleasers).
Luckily, I really like people!
Also, I wish it were so obvious that it didn't need to be said, but we are an anti-discrimination household. All are welcome-- regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, family status, disability (tho we are regretfully not a very accessible building- one flight of stairs in the front door), etc. Come on in!
I've lived in Spain, Ecuador, & Belize, but I grew up in Nevada & Kansas (with a stop in Indiana for college). I know Spanish, English, and American Sign Language. My roommate is a friendly, laid-back bilingual technical trainer (self-employed). He is originally from Texas and studied abroad in Spain the same time I did, right after high school. He has also traveled all over as a solo adventurer.
We love conversation, intercultural connections, advocacy work, eating with friends, going dancing on occasion, [learning to] play an instrument, and being outside in the sunshine. We also admittedly spend a good amount of time reading the internet! (and books).
As a guest, I like to be independent and interactive, as much as the two can be balanced. I love meeting new people and I'm a considerate guest. I tend to travel to where I know people and like to connect to a new place through the people who live there. I've done a lot of couchsurfing and couch-hosting in my days. I like to take it easy.
We also love hosting! We're often busy with my work or friends, so we can't always be very active tour guides, but we're always happy to give all the local pointers and grab some social time together if guests are interested. Many events we go to in the city are come-along-if-you-like type things too, so that's an option. Guests who want more of a hotel-type, independent experience without the social interaction are just fine too.
If I had a life motto I think it'd be either "Get involved. Be content." or "There, but for the grace of Fortune, go I." My roommate's would likely be "So it goes." We're all just doing our own life adventures, and it's nice when we can connect them!