My mother is Peruvian and my father was Italian-American, I understand a little Spanish and French, but my speaking ability in both is a bit rusty, though I want to learn as many languages as possible.
I'm a mix of romantic and rebel, and love to cook (especially French, Italian, Thai or Vietnamese food, my new favorite stuff is from the Game of Thrones cookbook) or do romantic things as much as I like to explore or go on adventures (but seriously, I love adventures). I do whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, backpacking, hiking, Scuba diving, etc. If it gets adrenaline going and it's outdoors, I'm up for it. I'm a martial artist, having studied Tae kwon Do since I was 12, as well as Shorin-Ryu, Shotokan, Tai Chi, Aikido, and a bit of Kung Fu. I tend to be a rule-breaker at times. I know it says "no pets" on my profile, and that's because my Golden Retriever just passed way, but I love animals (I used work at the Zoo after all)! However, I'm pretty allergic to cats, so if you have any, I'll need some tissues and claritin
I worked at the Peace Corps, and GW Ceramics department, the National Zoo, Hudson Trail Outfitters, and taught marine biology in the Florida Keys.
I appreciate people who are active, adventurous, free-spirited, intelligent and worldly, and value uniqueness above all things. I am looking for a relationship, but I believe that friendship should always come first, so there are no expectations if I meet someone. There should be a solid foundation of friendship before you can really have romance. Even if you just want to hook up, which I'm fine with, I prefer being friends, and require that we get along. I'd never sleep with someone whose personality I don't like, regardless of attractiveness.
Anything else you want to know, just ask; I'm very open and honest, so ask me anything.
Also, if we go on a date, and don't click, but I ask if we can be friends, I'm not just being polite, or trying to sneak in a second date. I mean that you're cool enough that I really think we could be friends, but not date. I don't believe in unrequited 'love'; if someone isn't into me romantically, I'm not into them either, and will stop pursuing immediately; I'm only attracted to mutual attraction. But I enjoy making new friends. If you don't want to date me, but want to be friends, just say so; I wont be upset