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West coast-born and raised (San Diego, Seattle, Olympia, Portland) writer/editor by day (business & economics), bicycle and livable streets advocate by night and most other waking hours. Think bicycle as a practical tool: for commuting, shopping, leisure, and with no need for special equipment or clothing. I've been commuting in NYC 20 miles round trip for the last few years, mostly on a heavy, old, step-through frame hybrid bicycle, happy, safe & sound. My boyfriend, Rod, does communications for international development NGOs and the like, and is similarly bike-centered.
We are also big fans of good food, which means lot of greenmarket cooking and eating. When traveling, we like to sample lots of the local restaurant and coffee fare.
We live with 2 cats but make frequent trips to the neighborhood dog run to get in quality puppy time.
AirBnB is always our first choice over chain hotels or motels since we prefer get to know local people and the neighborhoods they live in. We prefer to spend most of our time in a few locations and really see what's up rather than running all over trying to take in all the "must-see" sights. That means walking, biking, and public transit as much as possible, which for us offers the best way to get into all the interesting nooks & crannies that every city has to offer. We're quiet non-smokers who enjoy friendly people and cozy places.
While we do try to travel with our bikes, it's not always feasible. We will make a point of clarifying bike storage availability with hosts prior to booking if we are traveling with our bikes.