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Cedar Falls High School, St. Olaf College, Yale University, Yale Divinity School, Trinity College, Dublin
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Hey, I’m Rachel!

Redding, California, United States · Member since April 2011
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My husband, Aaron and I have been airbnb guests for a couple of years now, and we've really enjoyed hosting since we started in July 2014. We love hearing about where people are from--especially international guests. We've each spent time living abroad in Perth, Australia, Dublin, Ireland and Gorzow, Poland.

Aaron is a financial planner and I am a researcher with Institute for the Future. We've been parents about a year and that gives us a whole new lens on thinking about the future!

As hosts, we're happy to share about the Redding community and to orient you to some of the great spots you can enjoy during your time here. We're community-minded people. Aaron is co-facilitator of Catalyst, a young professionals organization and Rachel writes a monthly column for the local paper about civic innovation & economic development. Together, we co-curate TEDxRedding (TED = Technology, Entertainment & Design).

Am a fan of the overall philosophy of Airbnb. We have so many resources in scarcity in life--why not leverage the ones we have in abundance? Many people make a distinction between tourism and traveling--I believe travelers are those who wish to meet interesting people to enrich their experience of a place, and (at the risk of being cliche) Airbnb has potential to do just that.