I am the husband of an incredible woman and the father of a beautiful one-year-old girl who is bubbling with personality.
I love exploring new places, experiencing new cultures and languages, and meeting new people. And to do that, I love traveling, especially on the cheap. (But that's one of the reasons all of us are Airbnb members, right?) I've traveled, studied, and worked abroad, but I've also really enjoyed exploring all corners of North America over the past few years.
I've pretty much never been to a place I didn't like. Though I can't say I terribly like Interstate 80 through southwest Wyoming, or the rail line northwest of Amsterdam as it traverses barren fields and industrial areas. Or any suburban commercial strip lined with strip malls, used-car dealerships, and grease pits. But I like just about anywhere else.
I am obsessed with public transportation, especially subways. In recent years, I have been both gratified and disappointed to learn that I am not the only person with such an obsession.
I prefer nonfiction, though a classic novel is also an enjoyable read. I don't have a TV, though I watch a few shows online. My favorite current show is "Community". I'm also a devoted follower of "Saturday Night Live". I prefer Colbert over Jon Stewart. And Leno over Conan (sorry, but I do).
I prefer Dutch and German food over, say, French and Italian (Dutch and German baked goods are better than almost any French bread anytime). I also like Asian food, such as Indian and Thai. Can't say I care for Ethiopian -- that bread is a little too clammy for me, though the stuff on top is pretty good. Go light on the meat and heavy on the flavor.
When I travel, I avoid museums unless they are must-sees, such as the Vatican Museums or the Louvre. After all, I live in Washington, D.C., a city filled with free museums; why waste my time with them when I go elsewhere? I really enjoy nice long walks seeing the people, places, and architecture that truly make a city what it is.
When it comes to hosting, I'm flexible and trusting. I'm willing to go out of my way to make someone feel at home, and I love helping people see my hometown the way I see it: not only beautiful monuments and museums, but also a real place with real neighborhoods that's worth getting to know on a deeper level.