I love traveling in Europe, especially to Italy, where I hope to live someday. When traveling, I make an effort to connect with and speak with locals, to get a real sense of the culture.... I don't just visit the museums, restaurants, parks, etc. I have used AirBNB on my travels successfully, and want to extend the same experience.
I am a beginner/intermediate level Italian speaker, and welcome people from all over the world to stay with me.
Personal-wise, I am intelligent, calm, relaxed, seek to understand others' points of view, friendly, a good listener... And I find that I get along best with similarly minded people. I tend to avoid fast talkers, overly dramatic types, poor listeners, or others that seem to carry negative energy with them. Im open minded though and get along well with most people. I like to connect with conscious minded individuals, vegans, technologists, and progressive thinkers!
Activity-wise I enjoy running (I ran in the 2013 Barcelona Marathon), cycling, snowboarding, meeting new people, listening to recorts (60s/70s/80s). I don't watch TV. I do like movies, especially when friends recommend some cool ones to me. I enjoy all kinds of music, although I usually listen to my records or Pandora for more modern sounds... like Florence and the Machine or Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Fun.
I don't have a life motto per se, but I generally believe:
1) the buddha had it dialed in, buddhism makes sense
2) you should respect life in all its forms and not kill
3) you should do something meaningful with your life, or at least try
4) you should be happy!!