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I have a spirit for adventure. I love seeing new places, meeting new people, and doing new things. In the past, this has taken me traveling to different parts of the world. I have also had the opportunity to live in Colorado, Armenia, Turkey, and most recently, St. Thomas.
I have since returned to New York, and it is with this spirit for adventure that I am trying out a project — a social experiment of sorts — to be a traveler in one of the greatest cities in the world, living one week at a time in as many different neighborhoods as I can while working a full time job. I’ve dubbed myself “The NYC Nomad” and have been on the road for just over 10 months. You can read the “Why“ section of the blog for an understanding of the origins of this project. There are many different goals — I’d like to stay with people of different ages, races, religions, sexual orientations and economic situations. I’d like to hit the five boroughs (Staten Island is finally on the calendar!) Ultimately though, I’m looking for different perspectives and ideas. So far, I have stayed with some of my best friends, friends of friends, relatives of friends, former coworkers, and complete strangers as a result of some of the press my project has received. It has been difficult, scary, interesting, and exciting. Most of all, it has been immensely rewarding, which is what I expected when this idea first popped into my head.
I’m writing to all of you in the hopes that you will like the project on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, post this to your facebook wall, and/or Forward this Link to ANY of your friends who you think might connect with this project. I’ve been overwhelmed by how many people seem to identify with it thus far, and you can read the testimonials page to hear what people have had to say about hosting the nomad (thats me:). I generally need a week at a time given the fact that I work during the week, but I like to take my hosts to dinner, or cook for them, or take them to do something they wouldn’t normally do or know about in their neighborhood. If you are at all curious, please check the calendar for a week! I am booked out until May 22nd at the moment.
I’ve decided the world could use a few more idealists, and I haven’t had too many reasons in my life not to be one. That said, for my parents sanity and my own personal safety, please only forward this to people you’d be comfortable staying with yourself.
All the best, and hope to see you in your neighborhood!