Corsalis
30 Brussels, Belgium
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My self-summary
Down to earth, open-minded and fond of the finer things in life.

I like language(s): reading, writing, talking, wordplay, metaphors, witticisms, aphorisms, linguistics and more such sweetness. I have a diploma stating that I am a master in a few of the above, but the journey is much more interesting than any destination.

So far, that journey has taken me past retail management for an entertainment store (books, cd's, dvd's, games) to being an assistant-librarian in charge of everything youth-related. That means that one day I'm ordering comics, the next I'm devising a library game for Youth Book Week, the following I'm explaining to senior year students how to use a Doodle for reservations and I finish the week trying to find an appropriate "scary book" for an 8 year-old girl who "doesn't like princesses". I like this stopover, but eventually I'll heed the call of the horizon once more. I want to be passionate about what I do - if the passion's gone, I'll find a new challenge.

And yet... Even though I am rarely entirely satisfied with my situation for very long, I am also a creature of habit: I get comfortable easily and deal with change at my own pace. No, that does indeed not make things easier.

I'm eclectic in most of my interests. I like many things and have opinions about even more. Feel free to put that to the test. I like to explore fresh knowledge / opinions and I consider that to be a healthy habit.

If you intend to strike up conversation, you'll find me to be a good listener: opinionated, sure, but usually fair.

I'm an INFJ, for fans of typology. I'm very middle of the road on the E/I and S/N axis though.
What I’m doing with my life
Working in a library. Sometimes, kids spontaneously hug me when they enjoyed an event my team and I put together. Job satisfaction is easily come by.

Reading, gaming and discovering music and movies as frequently as I can. I also enjoy drinks with friends in a semi-quiet setting. Or setting the dance floor alight. Depends on the day.
I’m really good at
Listening (or so I'm told).
The few languages I do speak.
Writing.
Dancing like nobody's watching.
Analyzing (people, situations, problems).
Sarcasm.
The first things people usually notice about me
Physically? My nice friendly smile, someone once said.
My hindquarters, I've been told.
My eyes, which veer between green, blue and gray. As in: their color actually varies depending on my mood.

Intangibly? I emit comfort vibes. That's another way of saying that I appear to have a face people like to talk to.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'll just try and give a 'top ten' per category; there are many more, though. Recent discoveries always jostle older stuff to the background. This really is the "omigod he likes *insert random pop culture element* too!"-section.

Books: "Cloud Atlas" (David Mitchell), "number9dream" (David Mitchell), the "Hyperion" & "Endymion" cycle (Dan Simmons), "The Remains of the Day" (Kazuo Ishiguro), "Watchmen" (Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons), the "Dark Tower" cycle (Stephen King), the "Sandman" chronicles (Neil Gaiman), "His Dark Materials" (Philip Pullman), "Wolf Hall" & "Bring up the bodies" (Hilary Mantel), "The Great Gatsby" (and basically every short story he ever wrote) (F. Scott Fitzgerald).

Movies and series: V for Vendetta, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Inception, Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain, Big Fish, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Battlestar Galactica, Carnivalé, Community, most BBC Earth documentaries.

Music: The National, Alle Farben, Arcade Fire, Klangkarussell, Sigur Ros, Beach House, Booka Shade, CHVRCHES, Caravan Palace, Stromae.

Games: Mass Effect, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Split/Second, Skyrim, (formerly) World of Warcraft, Baldur's Gate.

Food: Belgian, Thai, Italian. I'm not very particular.

Places & Travel: Brussels, the seaside, my apartment, California, Rome, Berlin. As for future destinations: the more shrouded in imagery from 1960's National Geographic reels, the better.
The six things I could never do without
Aside of water, food and air?

Any of my senses
Sunshine
Imagination
Discovery
Friends
Communication
I spend a lot of time thinking about
"Like all dreamers, I confuse disenchantment with truth." (Sartre)

Basically, what makes life worth living. Why people behave the way they do, a.k.a. why smart people do dumb thing and great people low things. Whether lasting love is even in our genes. Whether simple contentment is something to cherish. How to make the best of things.

And aside of that, which is honestly most of the time, pretty damn random shit.
On a typical Friday night I am
Working til' 5. After that, watching a movie or reading at home. If I go out, I'll probably be enjoying a beer in the company of friends. Most original, I'm aware.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I like to sing along to music quite loudly when alone. I suspect my tone's not always spot-on.
I get overly excited behind the wheel of a car sometimes. The kind of excitement that is expressed in expletives. Hey, I live in Brussels.
You should message me if
You're interested by what you've read so far. If you like some or even many of the things I do and are burning to share some things I have quite obviously missed out on but without which my life will never be quite complete.

If the requirement of having something meaningful to say doesn't scare you.
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