I am originally from the Pacific Northwest but my husband and I have been living and teaching in Mexico since 2010. We love living here and spend much of our free time travelling, cooking, eating and spending time with friends.
I have yet to use Airbnb, but I've used couchsurfing in the past and we've hosted several touring cyclists over the years. When I travel I like to feel like I'm actually part of the place as opposed to a tourist and I find that staying in people's homes and having travelers in my home is a great way to achieve that connection.
I am an English teacher; I spend a lot of time reading. I try to read everything I can. Right now I am obsessed with Americana, especially the southern writers: Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers, Steinbeck etc.
5 things I'd rather not live without would be family, friends, books, music, and good food.