drifter84
32 Toronto, Canada
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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 left Perth after 7 years down unda. It's 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 almost exclusively into non-motorised outdoor experiences. My hobby of travel photography has become more serious recently (brag alert: I can now call myself an 'award winning photographer'). I try to live sustainably (while continuing to shower regularly) and volunteer in various projects/campaigns to help others reduce their impact on the planet.

I enjoy analysing human behaviour (including mine), and I love to read/discuss behavioural economics, neuroscience, and philosophy. My life involves a lot of learning, personal growth, and self-improvement. Frankly, I need someone who's on a similar mission with whom I can learn and be challenged, together. But also be humbled, inspired, and made fun of! So even better if they're silly and sarcastic – I've learned to embrace my inner-mischief while in Australia, so I hope you don't take yourself too seriously (because I won't!)

**Update** I've left Fremantle, and will be travelling through 2015/2016 focusing on writing and photography. Destinations include Sumatra; the 'Stans; Toronto; Vancouver; surfing/climbing the west coast of the USA; Cuba, and Toronto again. Currently in Toronto, until at least February!**
What I’m doing with my life
I've spent the last four years using my engineering background to consult on energy efficiency & carbon strategy; and as Director of a proposed community-owned wind farm at Fremantle port.

Now I'm taking a year off to pursue photography projects, and to write stories of culture, adventure, and experiential-travel philosophies on my website.

But always: I'm 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, making technology useful, spending money on experiences, not accumulating stuff. Being humbled by the cultures of the world. Looking up trivia that arises in conversation. 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 some, not quite Canadian.
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. 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 alt / electronic.

Food: A varied mix of ethnic foods. Japanese; Ethiopian; Indian; Chinese. I am mostly vegetarian, but you may call me an 'opportunivore'.
The 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? We should be celebrating our freedom by partying in the streets. Instead we waste money on the hedonistic treadmill, make excuses for not living our dreams, and work too much. We are privileged just to have basics like 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 think we can learn from each other, and would like to join me on an adventure.
You watch TED, know what DSLR stands for, feel connected with natural places, live sustainably, enjoy maple syrup, or want to visit obscure places like Madagascar, Bangladesh, or Papua.
Our ratings are really high for 'match'. Or 'enemy'. Both situations could be fun!
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