I moved to New York six months ago from California. I still feel like I'm on a extended vacation. I've been exploring New York the way I like to explore any new city - running. I strap on a backpack, carry a map, and follow an open schedule. Getting lost is guaranteed, and that is what makes it fun. Growing up in Portland, Oregon, I never expected to live on the east coast, but I'm thrilled for the adventure.
I learned about airbnb through friends in San Francisco. One friend used it while interning in France, another friend rents two rooms in her house, and a third friend works for the website. I've stayed in shared homes while traveling in the United States, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, and Australia, and I loved each experience.