Endlessly curious about people and the world, I revel in the opportunities I have for seeing more of it. I'm lucky to be able to run my life the way I want. There are no responsibilities for parents or children, no health issues, no financial concerns.
You might shake your head at some of my priorities, but, at the same time, I think you'll find them endearing. I spend travel money without concern, yet I am content to live with appliances and electronics their entire lifespan without itching to acquire the newest models. I've never owned a cell phone, nor do I feel the need to have one. I drive around the country competently without a GPS telling me where to go.
I'm sophisticated, yet innocent. I've mingled with diplomats and officials of foreign countries. I learned Spanish when I lived in Colombia and Portuguese before moving to Mozambique. I'm sometimes more outspoken than I should be, other times reticent in social groups. I relish one-on-one time with anyone. One of my greatest pleasures during foreign travel is being with the locals on their terms. In the Czech Republic I was the only foreigner on the intercity buses. In Vietnam my non-English-speaking driver and I traveled all over the tribal hill country for five days, communicating via gestures and single words. I saw more of China in eight weeks than any tour group would ever see, including a week in Tibet with a real Tibetan guide (and his family). Ask me about the yak meat picnic.