We are an international family: Brad is Australian, a formally trained architect working in interior decorative design, Linda is Canadian from Montreal and works as a theater artist, and our children (Minla 11 yrs old and Kai 9) are from China. We are both artists which is why we prefer the open space. It gives us room to work when we are doing different projects and it gives our children some room to run about since our backyard, which is also very large, is four flights down. We have lived in Manhattan for twenty-four years. We have all traveled a great deal across the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, Indonesia and Australia. We have had three home exchanges so far, and we lived with various families in New York as well while our home was under construction, and have always been very conscientious and respectful of other people's property. Our children are seasoned travelers, and happy ones at that, and adapt well wherever they go. We are happy to give tips on shopping, family activities, restaurants and cultural outings.