I just got back to the US after 5 years on the road. I taught English in South Korea and traveled through Southeast Asia. Then I got a masters in international conflict analysis in Brussels, Belgium.
I came to DC to combine my passions for traveling, Asia, Europe, writing, conflict analysis and political strategy into some sort of satisfying career. So far, the job market is not cooperating. So I've been tutoring English, doing a LOT of reading, working on my novel and my blog, and meeting cool people (like you?).
This is my first time in the DC area. I grew up in Massachusetts, but I feel a like a foreigner. After living abroad for over five years, I kind of have this extended reverse culture shock going on. So far my favorite thing about DC is that it has the best Korean food outside of Korea. My second favorite thing is that there are a lot of cool, young, intelligent, interesting people in this town.
I love to discuss politics, history, culture and arts. I'm passionate about international relations, especially understanding conflicts. I'm fascinated by areas of the world where cultures collide, spill into each other and create friction.
I love history, and I'm always reading up on past people, places, events. I can't even really say when/where are my favorites. But my interest in history often goes hand-in-hand with my travels and with current events.
As for culture and the arts, I love learning about foreign cultures, especially Asian cultures. I read a lot and listen to a lot of music. I'm always up for hitting up an art museum, especially one that exhibits Impressionists.
If you have interesting insights and opinions into any of these things, or can expand my horizons, we'll get along great.
I have a goofy sense of humor, I see the absurd in everything, and I'm often getting caught chuckling to myself. I come up with spoofy lyrics or scenarios for songs. One of my life goals is to play Tom Petty's "You Don't Have to Live Like a Refugee" over loudspeakers at an actual refugee camp. You know, just to let them know.
I'm a Myers-Briggs INTP, and an Enneagram 5w4. These describe me pretty well.