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My self-summary
My theory is that if I have to take a form of transportation to get there that would be illegal in the US, I am DEFINITELY going there. A Cessna that holds 7 passengers, has snap up windows for air circulation, and requires us to keep luggage on our laps - no biggie! A shaky hollowed-out log canoe in piranha, electric eel and caimon infested waters, yes please! The less traveled the destination, the more I'm interested in going there. Paris will still be Paris tomorrow but I want to see Socotra before it is turned into a resort and tourist infested land.

I moved down to DC about a year ago for work after living in NYC for almost 6. DC is growing on me and I'm having fun exploring the city and finding local joints (yes, I have been to the speakeasy taqueria and yes, I would recommend it). Although I love the cold and wintertime, I can't wait for warmer weather for jazz in the sculpture garden and the public pools to open back up! I love leaving my apartment at 10 or 11am on summer weekends and just walking for hours, seeing where the day takes me!

I rarely watch sports on TV but love going to games (especially baseball).

I love documentaries and went through a phase where I watched almost one a night. I've unfortunately watched many (and subsequently read a decent amount) on food in the US and so try to keep my hotdog and other factory-farmed and processed foods to a minimum. Needless to say....

When I make it out of work in time, I love real happy hours - like a full-sized burger for $5 or a beer and a shot of whiskey for $5. Whoever came up with the plan to call one bite of fusion food for $5 a 'deal' is almost as smart as the person who decided to sell bottled water or pet rocks!

I'm a humanitarian at heart and trying not to let DC jade me. I'm also a feminist and an environmentalist.
What I’m doing with my life
Working and trying to figure it out just like everyone else! I work for a government contractor in international development, because really who doesn't in this town. I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up but I know that I want to do something that makes me feel proud to be a part of.

I like continually improving myself (or at least attempting to). Right now I'm taking Spanish lessons because I hate not being able to adequately communicate with people in practically the rest of the Americas! Next on my list to-do is take a photography class.
I’m really good at
Finding hidden gems for food and drinks. One of my good friends even refers to me as her 'truffle pig.' oink oink
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I generally read non-fiction because I love to learn and expand my mind, however I need some fiction in there every once in a while as well. Some of the books I've read recently are: One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Holocaust Industry, The Invention of the Jewish People, The Israel Lobby, A Handmaid's Tale, A People's History of the United States, The Poisoner's Handbook, and Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality.

My current favorite TV shows are: Community, Shameless, Breaking Bad, Homeland, Mad Men, It's Always Sunny.

I like all the general indie/rock/house music one would expect. I really love jazz, although I know almost nothing about it! I'm hoping to learn more and find someone to frequent jazz clubs with.

I like eating what the locals eat. I was obsessed with tostones con queso when I backpacked through Nicaragua, where I also had the best fried chicken from women who sold it in plastic bags at bus stops. I wish I could make sadza because I'm not sure when I'll have that again. When I lived in NYC it was soup dumplings from Joe's Shanghai, regular dumplings from that great place on Essex, knish's from Yona Shimmels, etc etc. I have so far found the food in DC to be underwhelming. I generally stay away from the trendy downtown places that lack in soul and taste. Give me a whole-in-the-wall taco joint or an Ethiopian restaurant where I'm the only non-Ethiopian and I'm in heaven!

I also love to cook and make pretty kick-ass seared scallops and risotto. I find eating a nice meal by myself to be depressing so I love cooking for and with others. That being said, I love having friends over for dinner and have been known to stuff as many friends as possible into my apartment for holiday meals!

I frequent DC's farmers markets and love getting produce I've never heard of before and attempting to make something new and delicious!

I guess it's not food, but I drink scotch and bourbon straight, like stouts and ales, and obviously wine. I hate sweet 'girly drinks' with a passion as equally as I hate soda.
Six things I could never do without
a good book to read
someone to talk to
a current passport
I spend a lot of time thinking about
why tall people walk so slowly! Seriously, I'm only 5'4" and routinely pass most people on the street. Oh ya, and politics, saving the world, where to travel to next.....
On a typical Friday night I am
not thinking or talking about work! Besides that, every Friday is different - happy hour with coworkers, crazy night out with friends, house party, dinner party, staying in with a big bowl of popcorn and a tv or movie marathon, traveling to NYC to see friends, etc.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I got my head stuck between the bars of the elephant exhibit at the zoo when I was 5. What? I just wanted to see the elephants up close! Now I can't even believe I was at a zoo but that's a topic for another time...
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