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UC Davis, University of San Francisco
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Former Genentech employee. . . now I just contract with them =)
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English, Tagalog
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Marissa L.

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San Bruno, California, United States · Member since April 2011
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As a child, my family did summer road trips across the US and Canada, and I believe I've seen at least 46 states in the US and all the Canadian provinces. Nowadays, I enjoy traveling outside the USA when I get the chance and can afford it. Plus, traveling to foreign countries is like having a hands-on history class that has more meaning now than when I was in school. =)

I love to explore places via day-hikes and with my camera in-tote to fulfill my passion for photography (even though I am still an amateur and trying to remember how to use a manual camera!).

To date, I've been to

Tahiti (Islands of Bora Bora and Moorea - I used to dance in a polynesian dance group and wanted to see the real deal...little did I know I would get to dance with the real dancers too!);

Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Taormina in Sicily region, Volterra, San Gimingano);

Greece (Mykonos & Santorini);

France (French Riviera: Grasse, St Paul de Vence, where my bus left me because I lost track of time taking pictures & having lunch! Luckily, I found my way back to my cruise ship in time for dinner thanks to helpful locals, from the French taxi driver (married to a Filipina) to the Filipino nannies at the Monaco train station!);

Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Sterling, Ben Lomond);

Egypt (Cairo, Giza, Aswan, Abu Simbel ,the Nile River, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Luxor, Valleuy of the Kings, Karnak, Alexandria, Memphis, Saqqara);

South East Asia (SEA in 7 Weeks):
Hanoi, Vietnam
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Luang Prabang, Laos
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
Phuket, Thailand
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Singapore (spent Christmas here with friends)
Philippines (spent New Years here with friends & family)

There are still many places I would love to visit and learn about, such as Australia, New Zealand, China, India, the rest of Europe & UK . . .in due time. =)

As for accommodations...
I like clean and simple, but, hey, who doesn't enjoy a nice luxurious place to sleep in if the price is right?! Since my parents had my brother and I to travel with, all we knew was to bring our sleeping bags and pillows wherever we traveled in the US/Canada. If family friends opened their homes to us, we gladly took over their living room floor. It was a luxury to sleep at a Motel 6 or a Howard Johnson back then!

Eventually, as I got older and started earning my traveling funds, 2-3 Star hotels were nice to have. Of course, 2-3 Stars have different meanings per country, as I discovered when comparing Hotel Panda near the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy with Indochina 2 Hotel within Hanoi Old Quarter in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Italian room was definitely smaller and simpler than the the Vietnamese room. Then again the Euro is definitely more expensive than the Vietnamese Dong! ;-)

Now that I've discovered Airbnb, I think I've just expanded my options! Suddenly, renting a space from a local (from any country) seems more appealing because not only do you get a place to sleep and "feel at home", but you also get more culture and visitor tips! =)