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.
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)
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'.
Also: if our ratings are really high for 'match' – or 'enemy'. Both situations could be fun!