Environmentalist. Scuba diver. Globe trotter. Feminist. Small gig lover. Climber. Researcher. Book lover. Working in international development.
And the longer version:
Inexplicably in 2014 I landed an amazing job, working in environmental policy to support sustainable development and poverty reduction in the developing world. Most of my work focuses on south Asia and east Africa, so I get to travel for work, which is basically a dream come true. So I can often be found bouncing between my family home in Vancouver, my flat in London and work-related travels in India and Nepal.
Now that I'm mostly in London, I'm trying to explore as much as possible - going to concerts, eating amazing food at restaurants you can only find out about through word of mouth, meeting inspiring people, a good dose of highbrow cultural exploration, a corresponding dose of hedonistic events, afternoons spent curled up with a book in a hidden cafe, hosting dinner parties with friends, drinking in the cellar at Gordon's Wine Bar, and going to random lectures at the Royal Geographical Society.
But while all that is fun, what I really want is to find the perfect person who also wants to quit their job and spend next year exploring south Asia - hiking, diving, tiger safari-ing and eating our way from place to place...Applications are now open!
Books: I spend way more time/money on books than is possibly healthy...so this list could be way longer. A few favourites:
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Catch-22, A Fine Balance, The History of Love, Cloud Atlas, Shantaram, House of Leaves, Midnight's Children, Ishmael, Time Traveller's Wife, Oryx and Crake, Norwegian Wood, the English Patient, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, 2666, The Goldfinch, The Land of Green Plums, If on a winters night a traveler, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Runaway.
Films: Before Sunrise, There Will Be Blood, The Pianist, Waking Life, Schindler's List, Eyes Wide Shut, Superbad, Life Aquatic. Basically anything by Wes Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, Richard Linklater or the Cohen Brothers.
Food: I couldn't live without Indian food...but also Thai, Italian, Middle Eastern and Indonesian are favourites. In fact, I think I spend more time focusing on food then on my career. Also, cheese is it's own category of food, right?
Music - small gigs, or sitting on a train watching the world pass by
Sex & intimacy
Second-hand book stores
Mountains and the ocean - a shout out to my home on the West Coast
That's 9. It's more fun to break the rules.
Or if you want to throw it all away and go traveling to India in 2017...