My full name is Monique Maree Spanbrook. I come from a European family: my mother is from Croatia and my father was from Holland. I am married to a wonderful man called Peter. He is seventh generation Australian and I believe his ancestors were from Cornwall, England. We have two beautiful children, Ava (10) and Darcy (5) and last year we were lucky enough to be travel to Europe for the trip of a lifetime. Most of our accommodation on this trip was booked via Airbnb and this made our trip even better!
I am a 'professional' I guess you could say, because I work full-time in the city of Sydney in Marketing, but I have a background in Acting and TV production. My husband is a professional musician of 20 + years standing who is also a carpenter. Our children are curious, well spoken and very well behaved....not without opinions, though. But opinions never hurt anyone!
I love film, cooking, art of all kinds really, history and culture. I have travelled a lot for my work and for pleasure - to China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, India, the US and, happily, to many parts of Europe on another trip over a decade ago... what can I say, Australia is a long way away from everywhere else.
In short, I cannot live without my family... but I guess I also need to be immersed in the rest of the world too....I have so many favourite films and books... The Barbarian Invasions (a French classic) is one, The Diving Bell and The Butterfly is another.The Lives of Others (German - amazing) and Animal Kingdom (a wonderful Australian film that if you haven't seen, you should). Right now I am reading 'Bringing up the Bodies' about Thomas Cromwell by Hillary Mantle (booker prize winner for an unprecedented 2 years in a row). I'm pretty keen on the Vanity Fair magazine too... but I feel that all print media is not what it used to be.
Apart from my family and all of the above, I don't think I could live without the right to express an opinion (that's probably where my kids get it from), and I'll listen to yours, even if I disagree with you.
I think a person can live in any kind of house, as long as they fill it with the best cooking they can manage - food makes a house a home in my book. My Nona used to make meat as tough as boot leather taste like fillet steak on a coal fire in the backyard... she was a genius.
I love the idea of airbnb.... I don't think you can learn anything about a foreign country by staying in a hotel.