I enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle with doing some form of exercise every day. That can be a simple walk or a session at the gym. Occasionally, I top it up with yoga or ceroc. I also like riding my bike, and going on a cycling trip with friends last year was fantastic (this year too :). Swimming in the surf, skiing in winter, and orienteering are more enjoyable activities of mine. Having explored other activities in the past (i.e. dragon boating, rock climbing) I am always keen to try new things and mix it up.
Having been a passionate horse rider in my youth I still enjoy riding on weekends. Now its more for pleasure and being connected to nature rather than competitions. Even though I love animals I don't own any.
Travel is another passion. I enjoyed an African Safari last year (elephants are amazing creatures), and have visited several National Parks (NP) in America (was lucky to see bears, bisons & moose). This year I hiked (ca. 250 km) in 5 more American NP with Olympic and Glacier NP being favourites. I definitely prefer active holdidays which include the great outdoors, camping and bush walking. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is on my bucket list.
Pottering around in the garden and seeing plants grow and blossom/bear fruit is one of my simple pleasures. Sunsets, lightning strikes during thunderstorms, and falling rain (in moderation) are wonderful to watch.
I am an open minded individual having lived and worked in 4 countries and experienced different cultures (mostly western). Having no family here in OZ I am interested in making new friends and maybe finding someone to share similar interests with.
Playing board and card games was fun back in Germany. Knowing that people still enjoy it here I would like to join in.