Dave8629
30 London, UK
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My self-summary
I moved to London from Vancouver in 2010 and have spent most of the past few years living here, with a year in the middle spent living in Ghana and traveling in Rwanda and Zanzibar.

Inexplicably in late 2014 I landed an amazing job, working in environmental policy to support sustainable development and poverty reduction in the developing world. Most of my work focuses on south Asia and east Africa, so I get to travel for work, which is basically a dream come true.

Dream job in hand, I'll be staying in London for the next few years, before heading off on my next adventure (current thoughts on this are a dive trip across Indonesia stopping at all the best places from west to east before landing in Papua New Guinea).

While partly focusing on all the amazing places in the world to explore, I'm also staying grounded and trying to enjoy everything London has to offer. This involves going to as many concerts as possible, eating amazing food at restaurants you can only find out about through word of mouth, meeting inspiring people, a good dose of highbrow cultural exploration, a corresponding dose of hedonistic events, afternoons spent curled up with a book in a hidden cafe, hosting dinner parties with friends, drinking in the cellar at Gordon's Wine Bar, and going to random lectures at the Royal Geographical Society.

But of course, it would be much more fun to do those things with you.
What I’m doing with my life
Sitting in the Foyles cafe reading some sort of highbrow novel, and then somehow finding a way to spill tea all over myself, thereby negating any credibility I may have in the eyes of the true bibliophiles. That pretty much sums up my life in a nutshell.
The first things people usually notice about me
My Canadian accent. The fact that I've just apologised. Sorry!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music: Bob Dylan, Tallest Man on Earth, Dispatch, the Doors, Led Zeppelin, Beirut, The Tragically Hip, Hey Rosetta, Craig Cardiff, Ali Farka Toure, Toumani Diabate, Fela Kuti.

Books: I spend way more time/money on books than is possibly healthy...so this list could be way longer. A few favourites:

The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Catch-22, A Fine Balance, The History of Love, Cloud Atlas, Shantaram, House of Leaves, Midnight's Children, Ishmael, Time Traveller's Wife, Oryx and Crake, Norwegian Wood, the English Patient, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, 2666, The Goldfinch, The Land of Green Plums, If on a winters night a traveler, The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

Films: Before Sunrise, There Will Be Blood, The Pianist, Waking Life, Schindler's List, Eyes Wide Shut, Superbad, Life Aquatic. Basically anything by Wes Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, Richard Linklater or the Cohen Brothers.

Food: I couldn't live without Indian food...but also Thai, Italian, Middle Eastern and Indonesian are favourites. In fact, I think I spend more time focusing on food then on my career. Also, cheese is it's own category of food, right?
The six things I could never do without
Scuba diving
Music - small live gigs, or on a train watching the world pass by
Sex & intimacy
Second-hand book stores
Lazy mornings
Cheese
Biodiversity
Friendship
Mountains and the ocean - a shout out to my home on the West Coast

That's 9. It's more fun to break the rules.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Traveling to the Maldives to go diving in January! Climate change, poverty reduction, new recipes, how to escape into nature more often. Existentialism. How to make more time to do the fun things in life...
You should message me if
You are confident, funny, smart, thoughtful and globally-minded. Epicurean traits are absolutely essential! If you think that thunderstorms are sexy I think we might be on the right track...
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