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I am a high school biology teacher in the western suburbs of Chicago. My wife and I are passionate about traveling. We love to experience new cultures, sample local foods, visit historical sites and museums, and hike and snorkel. Personally, I am very interested in local wildlife and enjoy trying to capture interesting plants and animals in pictures, using various lenses. We also love to meet other travelers from around the world and any chance to really get to talk with locals is a huge plus. We're not really into resort-type experiences. In fact, we've never traveled that way. I would much prefer to plan out the trip ourselves and stay in less expensive (but hopefully unique) places, to get to know the country we're visiting better. I used TA for a couple years without ever contributing, but now I feel an obligation to do reviews and occasionally answer others' questions. It has been fun to interact with others in this way!