HUGE THANK YOU to the mystery guest who recently donated $500 towards Gabby's summer dance program! Wow!!! We can't figure out who you are (you were creatively secretive), but we sure are grateful !!! What an amazing blessing!
GABBY: I am in 8th grade, soon to be in high school. I have been dancing since I was three-years-old, and cannot imagine my life without dance. My plan is to dance on Broadway, or to join a company that dances both classical and modern ballet. Later, I hope to teach dance at my own dance studio.
We have been hosting with AirBnb for nearly three years. I have literally grown up with our guests (if you look at our profile pictures, you will see how much I have grown up in the last few years!). Without AirBnb, I would not be able to dance ... we just could not afford it. So, by staying with us, you are helping me with my career path: thank you very much!
Last summer (thanks to our AirBnb guests), I was able to dance in a three-week ballet intensive with the Joffrey Ballet School. The program was in San Francisco and I grew so much as a dancer that some of my home dance studio teachers didn't even recognize me when I returned. This school year has been full of dance competitions. My solo this year was very successful: lots of 1st place awards for my age and dance category.
For the summer of 2015, I have been accepted to a four-week ballet intensive in New York City, again with Joffrey Ballet School. I am so excited for this adventure! By picking our home for your Monterey Bay area adventures, you are helping me fulfill my dreams. Thank you so much!
TERI: I am an 8th grade Social Studies teacher at a local, public middle school. I teach U.S. History and (sometimes) World History. My daughter and I live in a small duplex on the former Fort Ord base. We share our home with a cat (Ginger) who loves to have her chin scratched, and a dog (Bella) who will wag her tail and love you instantly. FYI, Bella is a small, quiet dog ... she is older, and has only barked three times in the last few years. Really!
We have a busy schedule that includes a lot of time spent at my daughter's dance studio (she does ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, and some Latin ballroom). The first photo is Gabby in one of her costumes from the 2014 Nutcracker.
We love to go hiking in the local area. If I had all the time in the world, I would do more quilting. I am a former National Park Service ranger and one of our favorite places to visit is my former work site: Yosemite National Park. We go camping there at least once a year. If you are planning to go to Yosemite National Park as a part of your trip, I would be happy to assist with travel info. I have noticed that many international visitors make hotel reservations at locations that are a VERY long drive from Yosemite Valley; perhaps I can make some suggestions to save you some driving time.
We love to travel. Gabby and I have been to Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Nevada, Virginia, Washington, D.C, New York City, and Denmark. We have gone by planes, trains, and automobiles (as well as car ferry). We have stayed in fancy hotels, campgrounds, youth hostels, people's homes, Motel 6, and even a tepee. Each experience is different, and each is an adventure.
When I was younger, I had three study abroad experiences: in Belgium (the summer after high school), in Denmark (a year of college), and in France (a summer internship in grad school). All three involved living with a host family, and all three deeply shaped the person I am today. Part of why I would like to host travelers is to "pay it forward," to thank those who gave me a place to stay.
Languages spoken: my daughter is able to help you with Spanish, however, I don't speak it. I used to speak some Danish and French, but both are very rusty from lack of use.
Another reason to stay with us is to help a single mother pay for braces and ballet :-) Staying with us will help my daughter continue with her dance lessons and competitions. Our expenses for dance are immense: dance shoes, dance wear, costumes, competition fees, regular lessons, private lessons, gas to the studio, summer intensives, travel to competitions, hotels, and more! It all adds up to way more than a public school teacher's salary, so by staying with us, you are REALLY helping our family. Many dancers and dance lovers have stayed with us in order to help Gabby keep dancing.
We are grateful for your consideration and look forward to having you visit us soon!