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Hey, I’m James!

City of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium · Member since September 2012
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I am an amiable traveller who likes to explore quirky and colorful corners of the outboard segments of my tickets. More often than not, I travel with my wife who is also a broad-minded and curious adventurer.

My wife and I (and our four girls) live in Brussels, though we are not Belgian. The chocolate got us here, but the beer and frites wouldn't let us leave. Neither would the harmonious mixtures of cultures, languages and cuisines. Intertwined characteristics of life makes living and traveling exciting. This is why we want to try AirBnB. Plus, the prices are nothing to sneeze at. (Sorry, but I do enjoy using old-fashioned English idioms.)

After getting our children to an age where they all can be in primary school, we think it's time for a little parental getaway, and what's a better getaway than New York? Plus, we have a real reason to come. One of our close friends is getting married in the Bronx so we must cut the apron strings for a week.

We plan on exploring Brooklyn and Manhattan and, probably, Philadelphia during our week in America, so we won't be couch potatoes. Though we would like to cook some for dinner.

Having four children, we know what a mess is and how unpleasant it can be. More importantly, we know how to clean up and be respectful of other, so we will be clean and orderly guests. (To be good parents, we have to practice what we preach.)

AirBnB suggests writing about myself, for example, five things I can't live without. Well, one thing I can live without is excess information. Technology has made information so easy, so accessible and so cheap, both in cost and value. I will happily tell you what music I have on my iPod, films I could watch again and about the flip-flops that just had to be polished by a shoe-shine boy in Indonesia. But I prefer that in person. Truly analog information is still the best and most enjoyable kind. Isn't that why both you and I are doing this?

We will be courteous and respectful lodgers and we expect the same from our host. Fundamentally, this is a business transaction, but hopefully a pleasant and enlightening one as well.

In case you looked at our photographs and are skimming through this, I stress my wife and I are NOT bringing our children with us on this trip. It's just that photos of only the two of us are hard to come by in our current stage of life.

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to staying with you.