I grew up in Georgia, have lived on both coasts of the US, and have been based in California for 10 years. My passion is connecting people across continents and cultures. I have spent most of my career working to improve cross-cultural understanding between the US and the Middle East. Needless to say, I love traveling and I love meeting travelers in my city. I also love the outdoors. My most recent major trip was trekking in the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp for my honeymoon. The mountains were stunning and the people, incredibly welcoming.