Despite the fact that I travel often and widely, I am also rooted and happy being home. I am originally from Colorado; my parents, grandparents, and other extended family are there (I'm fifth-generation on my mom's side), and my younger brother and I both go home whenever we can.
So, I love discovering new places, and I love returning to Colorado, on the one hand, and Paris, on the other. I also love being outside, breathing clean mountain air, climbing rocks, and hiking with my family (including my 90-year-old grandmother!) — activities that make me feel healthy and alive. (Other bliss-inducing adventures include snowboarding and backcountry-skiing, but haven't been able to do much of either lately....)
In daily life, I find my joy in biking (commuting around town and venturing out on long road rides whenever possible), practicing yoga, drinking creative cocktails, cooking with/eating our bountiful California fresh produce, and wandering/running the streets of SF — mini-adventures on which I generally tend to seek out the summits of Buena Vista Park or Bernal Hill — while listening to the latest Radiolab, This American Life, or Freakonomics podcast to clear my mind after a long workday.
Oh, and I teach and sometimes translate texts. And I read and write a lot. A lot. Well, it's my job....