My mother is Peruvian and my father was Italian-American, I understand a little Spanish and French, but my speaking ability in both is a bit rusty, though I want to learn as many languages as possible.
I love to cook (especially French, Italian, Thai or Vietnamese food, my new favorite stuff is from the Game of Thrones cookbook) or do romantic things as much as I like to explore or go on adventures (but seriously, I love adventures). I do whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, backpacking, hiking, Scuba diving, etc. If it gets adrenaline going and it's outdoors, I'm up for it. I'm a martial artist, having studied Tae kwon Do since I was 12, as well as Shorin-Ryu, Shotokan, Tai Chi, Aikido, and a bit of Kung Fu. I tend to be a rule-breaker at times. I know it says "no pets" on my profile, and that's because my Golden Retriever just passed way, but I love animals (I used to work at the Zoo after all)! However, I'm pretty allergic to cats, so if you have any, I'll need some tissues and claritin
I worked at the Peace Corps, and GW Ceramics department, the National Zoo, Hudson Trail Outfitters, and taught marine biology in the Florida Keys.
I appreciate people who are active, adventurous, free-spirited, intelligent and worldly, and value uniqueness above all things. I am looking for a relationship, but I believe that friendship should always come first, so there are no expectations if I meet someone. There should be a solid foundation of friendship before you can really have romance. Even if you just want to hook up, which I'm fine with, I prefer being friends, and require that we get along. I'd never sleep with someone whose personality I don't like, regardless of attractiveness.
Anything else you want to know, just ask; I'm very open and honest, so ask me anything.
Also, if we go on a date, and don't click, but I ask if we can be friends, I'm not just being polite, or trying to sneak in a second date. I mean that you're cool enough that I really think we could be friends, but not date. I don't believe in unrequited 'love'; if someone isn't into me romantically, I'm not into them either, and will stop pursuing immediately; I'm only attracted to mutual attraction. But I enjoy making new friends. If you don't want to date me, but want to be friends, just say so; I wont be upset
My favorite books include: (in no particular order) Dune, Calvin and Hobbes, The Once and Future King, A Book of Five Rings, Six Frigates, Le Petit Prince, The Lost City of Z, Leviathan Wakes, Jurassic Park, Dinotopia, A Short History of Nearly Everything, American Gods (everything by Neil Gaiman), The Unconquered, A Song of Ice and Fire, Lord of the Rings, Ender's Game, Heir to the Empire, all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Wild Cards, The Wave (the nonfiction about rogue waves, not the nazi allegory), Age of Innocence, The Bourne Supremacy (i think it was the best of the books, ironically since it was the worst of the movies), The Emerald Mile, and so many others. I definitely omitted a lot of classic literature and nonfiction that I love, i am constantly building my library. Also, I was trying to make a list of books I love, not just a list of assigned reading. If you put The Scarlet Letter on here, either have a very convincing argument, or don't talk to me, because that book was terribly written and dull, though Easy A wasnt a bad movie. However, The Crucible I DID like, but that's a play.
I love Shakespeare, but they're plays, not books.
As for TV:
The Daily Show, Community, Archer, Psych and Game of Thrones, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Firefly, Futurama, Doctor Who, Bob's Burgers, Louie, Sherlock, Death in Paradise, Seinfeld, Scrubs, Parks and Rec, LLS w Craig Ferguson, Happy Endings, 30 Rock, Burn Notice, and others. One show I can't wait for is The Expanse
Shit, do I have to list movies too? Ok, Guardians of the Galaxy, Fellowship of the Ring, Empire Strikes Back, Titan A.E., Serenity, The Lion King, Secondhand Lions, Annie Hall, Love and Death, The Usual Suspects, The Dirty Dozen, Full Metal Jacket, Jurassic Park, X-Men 1 &2, 40 Year Old Virgin, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You Man, and most other apatow/stoller movies, City Slickers, The Matrix, The Emperor's New Groove, Fern Gully, The Producers, Pulp Fiction, Die Hard, Predator, Alien, Aliens, Casablanca, The Land Before Time, Hero, Kick Ass, The Princess Bride, Goldeneye, Midnight in Paris, Zombieland, Inglourious Basterds, Dogma, Clerks, The Muppets, Shrek, Monty Python, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Kung Fu Hustle, Finding Nemo, Pitch Black, Pan's Labyrinth, and so many more.
Food: Im a big foodie, I love to cook. I have cookbooks for cuisines from around the world, as well as baking and of course the official Game of Thrones cookbook
My favorite music is definitely classic rock, but i'm into lots of genres. However, I am not into: Top 40, House, Dubstep, or EDM. I'm not a huge country fan but don't mind it, and i like bluegrass and country rock, its good on road trips. I love classic hip hop from the 80s and 90s and early 00's, and Ive liked a lot of independent rap ive heard lately. I love to sing, karaoke is awesome, and I also sing in a choir or musical every now and then. (In fact my choir sings in the Kennedy Center Honors and Christmas in Washington events every year, which are amazingly fun)
"It seems like you used to meet someone and then you’d spend time with them in person and get to know them. Now, there’s a middle phase where you engage in a bunch of nonsense-texting, trying to schedule and make plans. People overanalyze these tiny messages and go crazy. You know when you meet someone and you feel like you had a decent connection, and then you text them and never hear back? That’s what I’m writing about. Dealing with weird problems that only this generation of people has encountered. Getting a text message and thinking, “Okay, does that mean they are really busy, or are they blowing me off?” Not hearing back from someone you’re interested in, and then seeing them post a photo of a pizza on Instagram. Isn’t that kind of a rude thing to do? Shouldn’t we respect each other a little more than that?" ~ Aziz Ansari
I honestly like going out during the day more; since I've been living in DC since I was 18, the nightlife is kinda been there, done that, and im not into clubbing, at all; though i still really like H st and U st if theres live music and no (or minimal) cover, I love going out to eat, ironically because I'm a great cook, and karaoke. Im also really into comedy clubs and theater. I also like latin/ballroom/swing dancing, though I'm a novice. I really love camping, and going on night bike rides, and also enjoy staying in to relax, especially if cuddling is involved
If you love nature, the outdoors, and the water, and want an adventure partner
If you find going on a hike to be just as romantic as a fancy candlelit dinner (or more), and love cuddling in sleeping bags in the middle of a National Park
If you're liberal and openminded and adventurous, and love culture as well as adventure
I am looking for a real relationship. However, I'm open to casual or short term or even FWB, since not every date, even good ones, turn into love. In terms of real relationships, I am open to committed polyamory, or a committed relationship that is selectively non-monogamous together, or a monogamous relationship.