I am a native New Yorker who grew up all over the East Coast and into a mother of one, an art teacher of many (who has found that the more that is given, the more that is gotten) and who lives and works in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
I can not live without duct tape, a hot glue gun, my reference books, Ebony drawing pencils and my friends-all help me hold it together and create something that wasn't.
I look back at trips to Japan, Turkey and Egypt with fondness and with great vividness; distinct flavors of food, architecture, patterns of speech (spoken in languages that I barely understood) still echo in my mind's eye and ear and mouth! The memories of the fish market in Istanbul, eating fish freshly caught and freshly fried, hanging out with truck drivers in Nagasaki while eating street foods from a stand at midnight, or going to Manhattan's Chinatown for thousand year eggs still start cravings.
How to describe myself in terms of travel style and as a guest ...I've gradually discovered that by paring down on the stuff that i pack I increase the ease and pleasure of the travel; fewer things to keep track of, and feels great not to have to lug a lot! I'm the kind of guest that cleans the bathroom, even in hotels, likes things to be tidy and consolidated, and enjoys putting together packages of treats (usually edible, because seems like most folks I know have enough things) for the host. If someone is sharing their home, it seem only right to respect it and to contribute to enhance it, and, come on,
I don't have one life motto, but a favorite is "Know the Quantity Required". Years ago somebody gave me card on which (email hidden)struction...was the only thing printed. It was kind of weird, there was no identifying who printed it, or what it referred to, but it struck me and has stuck with me. It's something that applies to so many areas of life; sleep, eating, how much time to allot in order to do something, get somewhere. In order to manifest that instructive sentence, you really have to look at a situation, or a person, mull over what's required-all good practices, and Know the Quantity Required" a good reminder.