I'm originally from the bay area, though only recently repatriated after seven years in Europe, and another seven years on the East Coast before that. I've been back for almost two years now, but in many ways I still feel like a stranger in my own land; it oscillates between feeling surreal, humorous, frustrating, and even novel at times.
Ultimately, I'm really happy to have returned. I'd like to think that the cumulative experiences I've had along the way have shaped me for the better, and given me a wider foundation for my own philosophy, world view, sense of ethics and life priorities. At the same time... I never stopped missing California, and now here I am!
But let's take a break from the prose. Here's some fun random trivia about myself:
* I've travelled to maybe 25 countries, on 3 continents, probably half of them backpacking.
* I travel with multiple passports.
* I'm pretty handy at things culinary.
* I have a weakness for great beer and sometimes brew my own.
* Strongly self-identifying feminist.
* I've performed on stage at Carnegie Hall.
* I've partied with POTUS at the White House.
So... what am I looking for here? I think I'm still figuring that out. I'd love to meet the love of my life (who wouldn't?), though I might also have some reservations about jumping straight into a huge commitment (semi-recently out of a LTR). I'm not at all opposed to the notion if it feels like the right thing, but I'm also happy to just make new friends too. And sometimes a good friendship is the foundation for something better -- so, let's just say no round pegs in square holes -- I'm happy to just take things organically, communicate well about our feelings, and see where we go.
In terms of what kind of person I'm hoping to meet... Well, honestly, it's probably 99% raw chemistry. That messy mix of physical and cerebral and pheremonal attraction "IRL"...
But examples of women who I will likely immediately admire: teachers, scientists, writers, engineers, doctors/nurses, activists. Women who aspire to greater things not only for their own career advancement but because they feel a connection with what they do in making a positive impact on others and the world around them.
I'd also hope beyond that initial attraction, we'd share a general sense of reciprocity: desires, expectations, needs, comforts. I'd hope that we'd share some common ground on the things that are respectively important to each of us -- but I also place a high value on being with someone who has a strong sense of individuality, with her own interests and passions in life. That's to say I'd hope there would be things that we'd immediately enjoy about each other, but that we'd also see the potential for growth and exploration, both in the relationship and in ourselves.