Instead of wrestling with post university graduate decisions (none spurring much vigor), I bought a one way ticket from my native San Francisco, California to Bali, Indonesia with nothing but an old family bike and five panniers containing all my worldly belongings. That was in February 2013 and I haven't regretted a single day. Islands of Bali, Java, Sumatra, then off to Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, I've now made my way into Japan where I teach English in a small city. It's not my first experience in front of the classroom, I really do love the freedom and creative risks in teaching. All being equal, goes without saying that I've racked up some serious kilometers on tour, and well earned grit.
That sounds like fun! Yes, true; I've had an amazing time. Not that my life before was ever quiet. Here are a few things to tease your interest: though I dropped out out of High School three times, I managed to work my way back up to graduating at the top of my class with degrees in Anthropology and Rhetoric at Berkeley; I have fundraised thousands of dollars for HIV/AIDS awareness and charity; worked as a bank manager for five years; I have broken my arm, my right wrist, my heart, and two steel bikes frames; I've climbed to the top craters, mountains, active vilcanos, and relaxed in the waters of three Oceans.
Wow, that all sounds very....ambitious. I should also mention, then, that I can be more down to earth and easy going than that. Want to spend the whole day in bed? Me too. Get drunk before attempting to cook a new recipe? Perfect. Join me in questioning everyday philosophy over a bottle of wine at the park? Live for it. Burn the next day doing puzzles with leftover Chinese food or pizza? Yes, please.
I am an unconventional San Francisco native, fun loving guy with a rigorous ambition for the love and pursuit of everything. I am working in Southern Japan for a few months until I return home and figure out the next part of my life. I'm always available for coffee or a night on the town over vacation. Give me a reason to stay.