I spent several years living in Mexico: dancing in a University dance group, and buying and selling folk art. After returning to S.F. and getting my MA in teaching English, I packed up and went to Barcelona. I stayed 3 years. Multi-culturalism defined who I was; I danced to Cuban rhythms, collected international folk art, listened to world music, and left the country whenever I could. I speak Spanish well. I’ve traveled in Cuba, Europe, Mexico, Central and South America, Asia, and Northern Africa, as well as Turkey. I still carry all those influences and insights from the days of my travels, but now when the travel bug hits, I am less likely to buy a ticket, and more likely to get out a map (yea, the fold-up kind!), stock my car with fruit and nuts, and take to the highway in search of forests, coast and cliffs, hot springs and small towns. Nature has become my haven for renewal.
I have a wonderful capacity to be happy with simple things: a great meal, a perfectly ripe mango, an hour in the farmer’s market, a walk in the redwoods or at the beach, a swim in a river, lake or pool, arranging flowers picked from the garden. For my most recent birthday, I bought myself a tent. I don’t intend to go backpacking, but have been exploring hot springs around California and Oregon, and the next time, I plan to stay in my portable little home. I don’t have a garden right now (a big huge regret), but I am adaptable, and have a veranda full of containers: tomatoes, blueberries, mint and basil.
I am an internal explorer. I love new things and going to new places. I am spontaneous in action, and very willing to just see how things unfold, although I am very direct (my New York upbringing?) in communication and prefer clarity, rather than ambiguity. I am at ease with my contradictions. I love children. Experiencing things with kids is awakening, enlightening and creative. The freshness and beginner’s mind is, well……. it’s fun!