Hello. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and live in Oakland, California. I work as a researcher for a DC-based policy nonprofit, telecommuting from the West Coast when I'm not traveling to conferences. Most weekends I'm out biking, hiking or kayaking.
I confess to being a bit of a foodie, although my favorite treats come from food trucks. I love Vancouver because of its delectable food scene, from sushi to dim sum to savory Lebanese.
I'm a low-impact, low-maintenance guest, although I do enjoy a few amenities. And my take on traveling is that it's much nicer to connect with a city or place the way a local sees it. I often like traveling on vacation solo because, even though it's a bit lonely to eat alone sometimes, it gives me greater opportunity to meet new people.