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from one bay to the next… Part II

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*photo heavy…

Our roommates for the week were lovely.  One was Jessica from Barcelona.  The other was Glorybell, from nearby Northern Cali.  We shared a bottle of red wine and eagerly discussed what the week in front of us was to hold.  Time for sleep…

By the time we awoke the next morning we were absolutely tingling with anticipation!  What would the office be like?  What would the people be like?  What would the job be like?  After two confusing-ass buses and over an hour we finally came upon the office.  The building was located downtown, surrounded by companies like Zynga and Adobe.  We greeted the door man and said “Airbnb please!”  He led us to an elevator that required a special card to gain access.  That’s right, we’re pretty important.  When we arrived on the 2nd floor Agnes and I practically had to hold our jaws from hitting the floor.  Seriously….HOLY SHIT!  The office was brand new and immaculate!  I’m talkin’ 20,000 square feet of white, modern, angular design.  It was an open floor plan and each desk was completely bare with brand new silver iMacs just waiting to be used.  That’s right.  Not a file cabinet, nary a file folder, in sight!  Far different from the days of old.  We had arrived!

We hurried to the breakfast area, where food prepared by Chef Sam (yep….he’s in residence), was waiting along with our other classmates.  Including us there were 15.  It was clear to see we all those obligatory first day of school jitters.  Was my backpack cool enough?  Would Agnes’ Golden Girls lunch box fly?  You get the point.  Promptly at 9AM we were led into the conference room we’d call home for the week.  The doors opened slowly to reveal a scene that was as if it were Christmas morning…and we were all on the “good” list this year.  Sitting atop the long white tables were brand new, still in the shrink wrap, macbook airs with brand new mice and headphones.  To top it off they had our names on them.  As we opened our macs and tried to acclimate ourselves with this decidedly ‘too good to be true’ atmosphere, we were reminded that it was Mustache Monday and that we were required to don the lip art as they passed it around.  Could this really be work?

The first day was a lot of setting up, password entry, email access, questions, nervous laughter, mustaches falling off…  By the second day it was old hat.  People began to come out of their shells.  Personalities emerged.  Jokes began to fly.  By the end of day two we were all BFF’s.  I mean, we’ve never been in a room with so many like-minded, bright, clever folks.  Everyone loved travel.  Everyone was well-educated.  We were informed that among hours of study and q+a the week would offer a ton of surprises, 80’s day, formal day and a third year launch party that was to span 9 hours and feature a little “DJ’ing” by none other than MC Hammer.  WHAT!?  I’ll take this time to add that the last job Agnes and I had featured torture day, purple t-shirt day, and the only DJ equivalent I can think of would be Rush Limbaugh. Paint a picture?

So here we are, in this amazing city meeting amazing new friends/co-workers, redefining the office experience.  Near the end of our week we had tons of laughs, hardcore training, an urban safari tour of where it all started (thanks Joe, Brian and Nate) – it was all too surreal.  I’ve heard others tell of wonderful places to work (Google, Bloomburg, Oprah) but never did I imagine I’d stumble across some such place.  My idea of benefits to date has been a Keurig coffee maker that I had to purchase and replenish myself.  Not at Airbnb.  At Airbnb, the streets are paved in gold!  At Airbnb,  there’s color coded fridges stuffed with healthy snacks like Greek yogurt.  At Airbnb they handed out American Apparel Sweatshirts (with our logo of course) because MC Hammer and My First Earthquake (amazing San Fran band…check them out!!) were playing on the roof and we might get chilly.  Yep…I tasted the Kool Aid…and I LOVE IT!!!

still more to come?
leo

From One Bay To The Next… Part I

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It’s been determined (thanks to Agnes’ dad) that in the last couple months we’ve covered nearly 9,000 miles!  9,000!  From FL to CT, to NYC, back to CT, back to FL, out to San Fran and back to FL.  That’s some hefty frequent flier miles! Anyway, without further adieu (insert drumroll):

On July 10th we hitched a ride to Tampa International Airport and took to the friendly skies en route for San Francisco (with a brief layover in Houston, TX).  There was no in flight meal, they charged to watch TV and my knees were practically fused to the seat in front of me.  Ah, adventure!  It took two flights, some turbulence and 3,000 miles but when the wheels touched the tarmac at SFO, the duo knew they were on the brink!

After finding the luggage we set out to master SF’s public transit.  The BART (a train of some sort) was self explanatory, but DAMN those buses were tough (although most were zero emissions)!  1.5 hours after BART hopping, we found ourselves on the corner of Haight and Divisidero; the heart of “The Haight“.  We explored our beautiful 3 bed/2 bath apartment, walked up and down some pretty treacherous hills (far off the FL or CT landscapes) and realized we were famished.  I’m talking boarder-line delusional!  We tried a couple handy apps, but no result.  We agreed to wonder on, along the foreign terrain, and fall in somewhere new.  Luckily we ignored our feet because our haphazard hike led us to a vegan gem; Herbivore.  You have to try it next time you’re in the city by the bay! The portions were ridiculous!  Granted it’s a chain but it’s GOOD!  Agnes ended up with about a gallon of sweet and sour noodle soup and I ordered moussaka.  We toasted our day with local red wine and headed home to meet our roomie, Jessica from Barcelona…

more to come,
leo

just a lil’ quickie.

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hey all!  we haven’t fallen off the planet just yet but we have tumbled over to the pacific- can’t wait to write about the excitement taking place at the new airbnb headquarters… this place and these people rule!

until later… xo! leo and ag

the written language

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Just stumbled across this little site…  what should I read next (thanks to a cup of jo).  Maybe it will help you pick out your next mid-summer read, something to lull you to sleep or entertain you on planes and trains…

[almost a year later and i still don’t get tired of seeing the incredible Penguin Hardcover Classics designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith]

I used to be the biggest book worm as a kid… I’ll never know why my mother let me read the “Goosebumps” and “Fear Street” series by R.L. Stine, I still have to run down the hall after shutting off the bathroom light in the middle of the night.  Life was good and I was psyched when the Scholastic Book Fair set up camp and I’d agree to tack on a few extra chores for a new “Sideways Stories from Wayside School”.  Day to day crap gets in the way sometimes and the constant travel doesn’t make visits to the library very convenient but soon enough my shelves will come out of storage and I’ll dust off my old classics… I may have to hit up my parent’s attic and find my copy of “A Wrinkle in Time“, for nostalgia sake of course.

xo|agnes

p.s. I know i’m way behind (hello movie and all) but  leo just snagged a copy of “Water for Elephants” for me, can’t wait to crack the binding on the journey to San Fransisco!

p.s.s. What are you reading?

what had happened was…

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the adventure continues, just not exactly the way we originally thought… but that’s just how we do things anyhow.

after two months of road-tripping, catering, exploring, driving, trains, friends, meeting new folks, etc – aggie was a bit homesick for fla.  it worked out more than perfectly to surprise her dad for father’s day, so that’s what we did.  we’ve been holding down the fort in good ol’ holiday, fl!  following the casey anthony case, hanging with buds, watching the rays and sitting pool side with the fam.

from florida we will be flying out to san fran… why?  see below:

you may have noticed we’re not gallivanting through the UK at the moment… if you have no clue what i’m talking about then click here.  UK is still absolutely on the list, but it wouldn’t be us if we didn’t take the most circuitous, thrilling route.

backtracking to a few weeks ago to a fun surprise we’ve tried to keep under wraps (a tad superstitious and all)…

thanks to a short trip into brooklyn and a quick visit to visit my pal mikey and after rigorous interviews and weeks of excitement…  leo and aggie will be the newest crew members of Airbnb (our next step in being world citizens).  For now it’s west coast or bust!  san fran to be exact.

we’re thrilled to add this adventure to our story and be a part of such a incredible company and team of creative, dynamic individuals!

the cotswold countryside will come soon enough… now, it’s time to meet our new coworkers!!

have any of you used Airbnb, what are your thoughts?



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