Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, I spent some years on the East
Coast and then moved to Berkeley for grad school in 2005. 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
related research. I absolutely love what I do and my research takes
me abroad often. I really care about the work I do, and I love that
my job lets me travel, meet people, learn languages and try to find
my footing in very unfamiliar settings, all of which are among my
favorite things to do in life.
I absolutely love the outdoors. Hiking, camping, going for a run at
Lake Merritt, swimming and most other things done outdoors always
put me in a great mood (the exceptions are snow-related activities
and sports that require hand-eye coordination - I am
*spectacularly* bad at them).
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 often find
myself humming a song or other.
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
(really 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 was a Beatles fan 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, 70s). Enjoy the 80s too, mostly to
dance to though. I like dancing to Latin and swing beats as well. I
love love love old school jazz, and Balkan/Rebetiko tunes melt my
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 hugely appreciate food in all forms and
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. Things that I don't
necessarily think I could not do without but hugely appreciate
having are sunny/warm days and living close to a water body (sea,
ocean, lake, river, anything).
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 in the city 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
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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.
You are a genuine, curious and active guy. I think we are more
likely to get along if you like the outdoors and have a thing for
traveling but if conversation and chemistry clicks, that's a good
I don't like prolonged back and forths over e-mail and I
particularly dislike instant messaging - I would just much much
rather chat in person over a cup of tea. Also, please no
content-poor one liners like "hey, how r u?" - I truly don't know
how to respond to those.
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