43 Bamako, Mali
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My self-summary
Love Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken. Life is a journey. How about, "its not that I'm afraid of dying, I'm afraid of not living." "Life is a journey, not a destination..." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (...but Aerosmith said it, too.)

Also, a friend just sent me this one: "Godine su samo broj. Pokazuju samo koliko si dugo na ovom putu, ali ne i koliki si put prosao" ~~Years are just a number. They just show how long you have been on this road, but not how much you have passed...

I guess I love road metaphors for life...
What I’m doing with my life
What is it I want to do when I grow up. I wish I was a better writer 'cause I'd make a great travel guide author. I love my job but love my free time too. Life is about balance. That, however, is always a struggle.

I had someone say before, you shouldn't collect stamps in a passport. I don't mind that idea provided you are "sucking the marrow" out of the visit. Yeah, we "do" a country and really only see the capital city most of the time and never make it outside that. Then it is off to the next one. We certainly should try to capture the essence of that trip. Having written that, I do try and visit a new place every year :) SCUBA diving in Honduras this past January then trips to Korea and Ukraine (awesome!). Ukraine was #55. I'm planning some other interesting ones, care to hear?
I’m really good at
listening (huh, what's that?). eating Thai food. visiting new places. procrastinating (with some things). helping friends.
The first things people usually notice about me
I don't own a TV. I remember a friend who came over with his family. His boy kept looking around the house. We asked him what he was looking for and he said, where is the TV? So, I usually find myself reading. Well, studying these days as I think I am a full time student most of the time.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
love non-fiction. As much as I don't facebook, that Social Networking movie was pretty interesting. I've had Ben Franklin's autobiography for ages--need to make time for that. Love comedy shows--if we laughed more we could solve the worlds problems. What else. I think I've already said Thai food. Add to it Indian food. I was dying to see Wicked. Now I guess I'll have to go to NYC. I love just about all kinds of music but my favorite is live music.
The six things I could never do without
1. Travel
2. Diving (skydiving and scuba)--thus the screen name.
3. My camera(s)
4. Learning
5. Eating Thai food
6. Trying new things, places, flavors
I spend a lot of time thinking about
the world, interesting ways to solve certain global conflicts, where the best Thai food can be found, where am I going to visit this spring/summer/fall, do I have time to fit that ski trip in, homework, language vocab, and....
On a typical Friday night I am
spending it with friends out in DC somewhere...ok, I'll even go to Virginia but they better be good friends. Crossing the moat is something I am willing to do but don't do it easily...kidding...somewhat :)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I thought I was doing really well on #s of countries that I have visited until my friend told me she was on # 80 with this next trip. I am not worthy. My new travel goal is 100 countries by 50 years.
You should message me if
You don't have enough time to visit all the places you want to see, you can rattle off the best parts of Eastern Europe, it is not if you go there but how many times and for how long, you have an expired passport in your drawer under a new one...sense a trend here. Do you love scuba diving or have an interest? How about speak a foreign language...ok, studying one, high school spanish? No hablo espanol.

Or in summary: A good person who has a sense of adventure and willing to explore what life has to offer.