Alas, we are no longer young backpackers! We prefer a good bed. I was born in South Africa but have lived in England for the last 35 years. John and I have been hosts for a local language school for 27 years; we delight not only in traveling ourselves but in welcoming travellers into our own home. We lived in Japan, on and off, for three years (phone number hidden)) and are about to travel to Beijing on the Trans Siberian Railway from Moscow to visit our daughter who is studying Mandarin at Beijing Normal University. John is an academic at the University of York, UK (website hidden) . We are tidy and careful guests and plan to become Airbnb hosts in the future. We love reading (I'm the proud owner of a Kindle, John is strictly a paper book man).