In a word, I'd describe myself as adventurous. I'm extremely active and outdoorsy, but I also love the city, especially exploring new places, and taking people places that they've never been.
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'm a martial artist, having studied Tae kwon Do since I was 12, as well as Shorin-Ryu, Shotokan, MMA, 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 thats because my Golden Retriever just passed away, but I love animals (I work at the Zoo after all)!
I live in NW DC. I worked at the Peace Corps, and GW Ceramics department. Sculpture is one of my passions.
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, 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
Also, I have ADHD, and in high school I scored an IQ of 142, but I don't think IQ tests really determine overall intelligence that well, which is why I'm not really interested in joining MENSA
Anything else you want to know, just ask; I'm very open and honest, so ask me anything.
Note: if I send multiple messages, please don't think I'm needy or desperate for attention. I'm just enthusiastic, and an impulsive texter and tend to have my messages be a stream of consciousness. I don't think that there should be an unwritten rule that you can't send a message until your previous one is replied to, and I think ignoring messages is passive-aggressive, and passive aggression is something I dislike even more than outright hostility. If you message me, ill say something back, even if its just to say I'm not interested.
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