drifter84
33Melbourne, Australia
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My self-summary
I'm an often-traveling, sustainably-minded, adventurous, outdoorsy Canadian. My mission is to live a life full of new lessons and experiences, and try to help people and companies reduce our impact on the planet.

I've just moved to Melbs after 7 years in Perth. This is the third continent I've called home. There's no denying I'm in love with independent travel, especially in obscure countries. I love how people – from Amritsar to Zanzibar, from Arequipa to Urumqi – can be so different and yet so much alike. This world is amazing!

I grew up balancing time between a big city and quiet, forested lakeside – so I'm drawn to natural places and tranquil wilderness. I climb things: rocks, trees, public art, and sometimes buildings. I'm into the outdoors, and almost exclusively non-motorised experiences therein. My hobby of travel photography became full-time during my mini-retirement last year, and (brag alert) I can now call myself an 'award winning and published photographer' :)

Things that make me happy: cycling everywhere, growing things, and generally living sustainably – I have volunteered in various projects, as well as working in the clean energy sector, to help us all reduce our impact on the planet. I enjoy philosophising and analysing human behaviour (including my own), and love reading about psychology, behavioural economics, neuroscience (amongst many other topics! Currently on a feminism kick).

My life involves a lot of learning and self-improvement. Frankly, I need someone who's on a similar mission with whom I can learn and be challenged together. But also I need to be humbled, inspired, and made fun of! So even better if you're silly and sarcastic – I've learned to embrace my inner-mischief since moving to Aus, so I hope you don't take yourself too seriously – because I won't! Is there anything in life too serious to be joked about? Naaaah.
What I’m doing with my life
I've spent the last five years using my engineering background to consult on energy efficiency & carbon strategy, and serve as Director of a proposed community-owned wind farm at the Fremantle port. In 2015 I took off for 1 year+ to pursue photography projects, and to write stories of culture, adventure, and experiential-travel philosophies on my website. In July 2016 I moved to Melbs to start a dream job in the renewables industry!

But forget the CV – I love to constantly challenge myself, building character, and trying to make the most of life – because it's the only one you get (unless you're Buddhist)
I’m really good at
Listening, baking, teaching, improving things, fixing bicycles, being organised, making technology useful, spending little money on objects and plenty on experiences, not accumulating 'things'. Being humbled by the cultures of the world. Looking up trivia that arises in conversation. Digressing. Sharing music, sharing love, sharing ideas.
The first things people usually notice about me
I am open and engaging; I love to talk to strangers; I take photos; I know a little about a lot. I sound, to Canadians, not quite Canadian. Serious and silly, both in large doses.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: The Shadow of the Sun (Kapuściński); Guns Germs and Steel (Jared Diamond); Golden Spruce (Vaillant); Born to Run (McDougall); Blink (Gladwell), Ender series (Orson Scott Card), Cosmos (Carl Sagan), Endurance (Lansing); Thinking Fast and Slow (Kahneman); Black Swan (Taleb); Happiness Hypothesis (Haidt); lots of psychology (eg behavioural economics, neuroscience); and many good classics (like 100 Years of Solitude). I try to alternate between fiction and non, and have recently been reading exclusively female authors to try to walk the feminism talk. Sometimes I read kids books ('Fox in Socks' is just mindblowing).

Films: I enjoy documentaries (especially those with 'BBC' or 'Earth' in their title), but love clever films with interesting plot twists (think Tarantino, Aronofsky, and Guy Ritchie)

Music: Medicine for the People; Radiohead; Fat Freddy's Drop, The Tragically Hip; Avalanche City; Rise Against; Iron & Wine; Jose Gonzales; and an assortment of folk and alt-electronic.

Food: A varied mix of ethnic foods like Japanese; Mexican; Ethiopian; Indian; Chinese. I am mostly vegetarian, but you may call me an 'opportunivore'.
Six things I could never do without
Friends (my surrogate family). Chopsticks. My backpack. The internet. A good book. Puns.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How lucky we Westerners are – we've won the lottery in life. But where's the gratitude? Instead, most of us work too much, spend our money to stay on the hedonistic treadmill, and defer indefinitely the pursuit of our dreams (real ones, not those manufactured for us by consumerism). We are so privileged in this world just to have such things as education, passports, and even hobbies.
On a typical Friday night I am
Cooking with friends, listening to live music. Catching up on Skype or working on photography. If I'm lucky I'm in a hostel with inspiring new friends, or lying awake in a tent under the stars.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I collect overpriced stubby-holders; and have acquired a scrapbook of public toilet receipts from developing countries.
You should message me if
You can teach me something new, and would like to join me on an adventure. You watch TED, know what DSLR stands for, trad climb, feel connected with natural places, live sustainably, enjoy maple syrup, or want to visit obscure places like Madagascar, Iran, Bangladesh, or Papua.
Also: if our ratings are really high for 'match' – or 'enemy'. Both situations could be fun!
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