I am fascinated by cultures and languages and love to travel to foreign places and get to know the people that live there and what makes them unique.
In my spare time I love to keep active and enjoy trying new activities. In the last few years, I have tried several new things such as surfing, salsa dancing, and rock-climbing. I enjoy golfing (total novice), skiing, hiking, urban walks, dining out, watching movies, cooking, biking, sailing, and socializing with friends. For fitness, I like to run (although injuries have prevented that for a while) and walk. I am looking forward to participating in my fourth half marathon this year in October. I like to try new things and am not afraid of a bit of adventure.
I like to build things and fix things. I took wood working courses as a kid, auto mechanics as an elective in college. I also took photography and ceramics for the more traditional girly pursuits. I am usually working on a project at my home or a friend's place or coming up with the plan for the next project. I recently renovated my kitchen (with a bit of help from my dad). I have helped friends repair plumbing, replace toilets, patch roofs, and install electrical fixtures. I've installed windows, refinished hardwood floor and furniture, and done plenty of painting and plastering. It brings me satisfaction to know that I did it myself. My friends joke that I ought to have a DIY show.
My ideal weekend in the city would probably include brunch at a place I haven't tried before, a movie, a walk or a hike, and perhaps an evening out.
I enjoy wine tasting in Napa and trying different foreign beers at various places in the city when I go out. I'm quite knowledgeable when it comes to wine, but probably am more likely to be found enjoying a good beer when out with friends.