Hi, We are Canadians, currently living in the nation's capital, Ottawa. I work in non-profit administration. Marc is self-employed as a house painter by day and artist by night. Several years ago, he was also a competitive cyclist and that remains an interest (minus the 5 a.m. training rides!)
We're planning to travel for about 8 - 10 months. We are keeping our plans very open - if we fall in love with a place and want to stay for two months, so be it. Neither of us are keen on the typical tourist experience - we don't think of this as being on holidays; we're simply living abroad for 8 - 10 months with no fixed address.
We hope to meet a lot of local people; that was a motivator in joining airbnb. We also hope that they are willing to share some of the secret gems, beyond the top ten must sees! Our best dinner in Italy was in an unassuming restaurant in Trastevere. We only found out about it when we stopped to buy bread and cheese at a local market. We just asked the people in the line-up (all local) where they go to eat on a Friday night...three hours later we were queuing up with all of them. The place was clearly for regulars and the food was exquisitely fresh. It surpassed all of our other dining experiences.
Our interests are so varied that it's hard to encapsulate it in one description. We both love to walk/hike. We both appreciate nature, all animals, art, history, culture, music, great food, and people of all kinds.
Thanks for reading this far! Hope our paths cross,
Debra and Marc