I love to explore new places, and like to pretend I’m a traveler in my native Southern California when I have the time. Griffith Observatory is one of my favorite places in LA because it combines so many things I enjoy-- hiking, vintage architecture, twinkling city lights, a view of downtown, and the chance to learn something new about our world every time I go up there. I try not to miss sunsets, but can’t say the same about sunrises. When I travel, I’d much rather spend hours and hours exploring a city on foot than walking around a museum. Nothing against museums... I like them too. I tend to like to do things that are a little off the beaten path. I have a reputation for knowing where all the good food is, and I like to scope it out when I’m in a new place. I love learning about regional differences in vocabulary and pronunciation, even the subtle ones such as the way we say “the” when talking about freeways in LA, e.g. “the 101,” “the 405,” but they say “880” without the “the” in the Bay Area. No, we do not talk like “The Californians” on Saturday Night Live, but it’s really fun to do an impression of them doing their impression of us! Although I’m new to airbnb, the concept feels familiar to me. I’ve studied Spanish twice in Mexico and twice in Spain for 2-3 weeks at a time with home stays arranged by the schools, and have very fond memories of the people who opened their homes to me.