Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Originally from Istanbul, I spent some years on the East Coast and
then moved to Berkeley for grad school. I am an engineer by
training but took a turn in career direction into public health
some years ago and am now working on water and health research. I
absolutely love what I do and my work takes me abroad often. I love
that through my job I get to travel, learn languages and try to
find my footing in unfamiliar settings, all of which are among my
favorite things to do in life.
I absolutely love the outdoors. Hiking, camping, running Lake
Merritt, swimming and most other things done outdoors put me in a
great mood (the exceptions are snow-related activities and sports
that require hand-eye coordination - I am spectacularly bad at
I love dancing and know and/or can fake enough steps to any dance
to have a good time, without being particularly good at any of
them. I also like playing the guitar and singing, and am often
humming a song.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I am a post-doctoral researcher and focus a lot of time and energy
on my research. I travel a lot, both for work and for fun.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Adapting. Being positive. Learning languages. Coming through for
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
They notice the accent but can't place it. Also, that I speak fast
and laugh often.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
I enjoy non-fiction and have a soft spot for history and sciency
I am biased in favor of foreign movies (The Lives of Others, All
About My Mother, Head On to list a few). I am pretty illiterate
about TV shows but I do watch (and love) Game of Thrones and the
occasional Turkish soap opera.
I loved the Beatles as a teenager (and still have a special place
in my heart for them). I am not up to speed on contemporary music
and like the older stuff (60s-80s). I like dancing to Latin and
swing beats. I love old school jazz, and Balkan/Rebetiko tunes melt
My cooking is Mediterranean-ish and I can probably happily live for
a *very* long time on feta, tomatoes and olive oil. I have
vegetarian tendencies but generally appreciate food in all forms
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
I have found that I can give up a lot of things and not really
mind. The absolute must is companionship from friends and family.
Good food is pretty hard to give up and so is a good night's sleep
and a nice cup of tea in the morning. If I had to name a few more
tangible things, I'd say my passport, my laptop and the ocean/sea.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Work, Istanbul, the future.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Having friends over for dinner or going out but I enjoy taking it
easy at home with a movie or book as well. And occasionally I find
myself doing work - it happens.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
Umm, private thing I am willing to admit to anonymous strangers??
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
We are probably more likely to get along if you like the outdoors
and have a thing for traveling and a bit of adventure in you but if
conversation and chemistry clicks, that's a good start.
Ultimately though, what matters most is whether you are kind and
compassionate, appreciate the value of mutual respect, understand
the give/take ratio in relationships, are willing/able to
communicate through conflict and are emotionally mature.
Also, I am a data scientist - I believe in the power of algorithms
and big datasets so I do take this match percentage thing somewhat
seriously (though I am intrigued by how okc asked me questions
about how often I brush my teeth and whether I like cologne in men
and then concluded that I am more ambitious and experienced than
the average woman my age) but at any rate, I have a preference for
those who appear to be a reasonably good match by okc voodoo.
I don't like super long back and forths over e-mail and instant
messaging - I would just much rather chat over a cup of tea. Also,
please no contentless one-liners like "hey, how r u?" - I truly
don't know how to respond to those.
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