37Bristol, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
In brief, I’m originally from London, but have been living in Bristol for the last 8 years after getting a job here.

My friends would probably describe me as often contradictory and surprising. I probably don't tell you very much on first glance about who I am and what I like, as I'm pretty private and also like to surprise. :-).

I'd describe myself as an introvert (who works in a people focussed job), who loves the wide open (and empty) places. Would love to meet that special (quirky) someone, who helps to inspire, encourage and share – and me them.
What I’m doing with my life
I work in mental health. Yes, it's challenging, and at times stressful, but also interesting and rewarding. It takes a lot to shock me. I work shift hours, which I know lots of people find weird. But personally I hate 9-5. Shifts keep me on my toes. Days off during the week rock. I love being able to have 2 weeks off only using a week's leave. So please don't feel sorry for me! But I will admit, that it probably does have a knock on effect on my social life.

Other than that, I like to bake, walk, read, a bit of photography, trying (and normally failing) to learn Russian and generally disappearing down rabbit holes on the internet.

Also spend too much time dreaming of my next adventure... places that don't normally feature on the 'normal' bucketlists, and love swapping tips and recommendations about journeys. Central Asia is my dream if that helps.
I’m really good at
Yeah, really not good at blowing my own trumpet... but I love baking and I'm told I'm pretty good at it. I make a mean lemon drizzle cake, anything with meringue and I'm told my Christmas cake/mince pies are the best ever. And I like to be given a challenge...
The first things people usually notice about me
I have two eyes, a nose, ten fingers and I also have ten toes (not that people see those often).

Isn't that enough?

I'm pretty tall I guess...

And yes, that is my natural hair colour. And I have never been a goth.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I have a pile of books to read, which always grows rather than shrinks. I don't read anywhere as much as I want. I haven't read much fiction, although I am trying to change this (think various failed attempts at the 'classics' has put me off) So read, quite a bit of travel and history books. But my favourite books: Norwegian Wood and His Dark Materials.

Movies: favourites are: L'Appartement, Deathnote, Goodbye Lenin and my absolute favourite is It's a Wonderful Life. Watched it for the first time when I was 6 and have watched it every year since.

Shows: The Returned (although what happened with the second series??), Game of Thrones, QI and.... Neighbours! Honestly, I watch it before bed everyday.

Music: no one comes near my ipod... I have a thing for pop music not in English, although I do have some indie on there too.

Food: I'm very fussy about some things, but love food... Am a bit of a carb freak: can't imagine life without pasta, bread and (particularly) potatoes – what a dull world it was before potatoes! Hate shellfish – and most fish really. Love fruit: hate most vegetables. Love egg yolks: hate egg whites (except in meringues). Love blue cheese when melted: hate it cold. It's a bit like that... :-p. Have a bit of a sweet tooth. Love chickpeas – food of the gods! Sour cherries: best things ever – why on earth can I not buy them in any shops?
Six things I could never do without
I may pass on this one...

Tweezers (great for those occasions where you may walk into a cactus)
Knickers? (sorry!)
And my smartphone... I would be lost without it.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I daydream an awful lot... too much! From my next holiday to what I'm going to eat for lunch and everything in between and beyond.
On a typical Friday night I am
What is a typical Friday night? Actually I'm often working... 'Friday night' can be any day of the night for me! :-). Am not really a going out and drinking sort of person though – would much prefer something a bit more private. ;-)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I love Eurovision.
You should message me if
If you dream of the Steppes, prefer the Winter to Summer and generally dream of the places that others don't know about... And if you've been to those places and have stories to tell!

If you think we have something in common...

If you love cake...

But most importantly, if you are just a really nice guy, who is smart and curious about the world, and think you can just ignite that spark in me (and me you!).

And lastly if you speak Russian... not only would it be helpful, but I find it incredibly sexy! :-)
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