I'm from the SF Bay Area in CA. I went to UC Berkeley and studied Mechanical Engineering. I have worked in next and next-next generation gene sequencing, solar thermal, and water purification. My passion is in sustainability, renewable energy, and in general making the world a better place. I have two cuddly cats, brothers, now six years old...they have moved with us across the country twice. I have two beautiful dogs - both are super awesome and I love them more than anything - just the sweetest guys ever. My husband is also an engineer (Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science) - we met at Cal and have been together since 2005 - we made it official a few years ago by getting a marriage license. I have travelled significantly over the course of my life. Often spending summers living as a guest of relative strangers (they don't stay strangers for long though!) and I've become accustomed while traveling to adapt to the tone of my space and always make a point to be extra respectful of the people I stay with. I have travelled since I was very young in the most fun way - with a bootstraped budget and rarely seeing a hotel room - most countries in Western Europe, Japan, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Zambia, and Malawi.
AirBNB is quickly becoming my preferred form of travel - I'm just so happy with it and have basically become and unofficial sales person for AirBNB just because I have had so many amazing experiences with it. It has enriched my life so much - bringing me so many new friends. Really, it's the only way to travel =) Maybe the only thing that can rival it is camping, which I love!
Other than that - I love sports - particularly running, climbing, surfing, ski, and yoga (although due to a degenerative disk disorder - I'm not the college-level athlete I once was - ran NCAA track/X-C for Cal as a walk-on for about two years). But ask me about tips for your back because I have tried everything and finally have some small tokens of wisdom to pass on in this department.
I'm a little bit OCD, but in a good way - very thoughtful and aware...always thinking 10 steps ahead. Great if you're a guest in someone's house or engineering your next project, but I think it can get on my friends' nerves sometimes...really, whether we save 2 minutes taking 3rd street vs. 7th probably doesn't matter, but I can't help but think it through.
Let's see the suggestions below include favorite things...
Some of my favorite books/reading materials include, but are definitely not limited to: Harry Potter, The Alchemist, Three Cups of Tea, 100 yrs of Solitude, The Wisdom of the Enneagram, Small is Beautiful, pretty much anything by Hemingway, The New Yorker, New York Times, The Onion, Grist, etc.
Music - Oldies, Jarabe de Palo, Oreja de Vango, Machu Chao, The Eagles, Green Day, Some Eminem, Some Immortal Technique, Everything from Paco de Lucia, Indie Girls, Anything Johnny Cash, Death Cab for Cutie, and well the list goes on...plus the classic musicals and pretty much anything that makes you want to get up and dance...which I often do when listening to music alone or on the street...or even in lab.
I have a lot of projects...pretty much there are projects coming out of my ears and there is never enough time to do them all. I sometimes wish that I had a more realistic notion of what time really is, so I would be more focused on fewer projects, but in the end thinking about them all is half the fun, so maybe not.
(email hidden)mm...love nature, love the undiscovered, love the awe-inspiring, love architecture....but don't much care for classic tourist area. Camping, hostels, and off-the-beaten track is really the only way to travel.
What do I like in a host? I guess someone who is warm, bubbly, excited to share their knowledge about their hometown. Don't necessarily need a tour guide, but always happy if someone wants to play the role for the day. Of course, I know the best kind of guest is the guest that entertains themself, which I'm happy to do!
A life motto...maybe a mix of "be the change you want to see in the world" and "small is beautiful" and "una vida de miedo es media vida (a life of fear is half a life)" and "Doubt Everything - Find Your Own Light"
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