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My self-summary
Me in a nutshell? Well, In primary school I used to sneak thumbtacks (aka pushpins) into the chairs of the boys I liked. You'll be glad to hear that eventually getting caught + detention cured me of that stage and these days, I'm a tad more subtle but still love a bit of mischief.

I suppose I have a "follow the beat of your own drum" life philosophy. I'm a music anthropologist, specialising in North Africa, particularly music in Algeria and have lived in both Algeria and Morocco for a number of years. Before that all started, I worked in multimedia as a music editor and composer. My goal has always been to live life as deeply as I could, with my heart as open as possible.

Despite (or maybe because of ) being in the world of academia now, I keep playfulness and humor at the center of my life, including regular mischief and harmless pranks (thank you, Trigger Happy TV for the inspiration).

I'm quite young for my age, active, and energetic kid at heart. The outdoors have been a big part of my life, having grown up near the mountains. I've spent many a year backpacking, mountaineering/climbing, and some sea kayaking for kicks. While I love being physically active, getting dirty in the outdoors, I'm no "iron woman" in that I'm also cuddly type and try to be available to others, making time to relax, ponder life, be creative, have genuine connections with people. I also enjoy a 12-year old single malt curled up on the sofa.

I'm looking for a meeting of the minds as well as chemistry, someone who has a passion and is open, curious, and engaged, willing to learn, challenge things, and dream (at least a bit). I'm also open to being surprised. Musical and creative impulses are especially attractive.
I’m really good at
Finding humor in most situations, seeing the big picture, making connections between distant ideas and thinking in poetic metaphors, transcribing and learning music by ear, writing, thinking and acting creatively, seeing the "undercurrents" or subtleties in situations, analyzing, listening, empathizing, teaching. Admitting when I'm wrong or have made a mistake.
The first things people usually notice about me
Most commonly my "expressive face" which I suppose means I'd be a lousy poker player.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Here's a sampling that might be telling: Monty Python, Mongrels, The Office (both UK and US), The Daily Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm/Larry David, Zoolander, Waking Ned Devine, Office Space, The Three Amigos (possibly my favorite movie) and similar kinds of humor.
The six things I could never do without
Nature, love, humor, learning, quiet time, music.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Culture, what makes people tick, communication, meaning in life, traveling, music, my next trip abroad.
On a typical Friday night I am
Looking for live music to watch or play along with
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
That thing about the thumbtacks. :)
You should message me if
any of this rings a bell