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My self-summary
World traveler turned settled Washingtonian (at least for the time
being), I'm looking for someone with whom to explore the city, grab drinks, go on adventures, and occasionally poke fun at our uptight coworkers (unless of course you were lucky enough to escape that reality in DC).

Friends describe me as: upbeat, optimistic, ambitious, adventurous, witty, somewhat sarcastic, clever, thoughtful, social, easygoing, sweet, open-minded, artistic, friendly, intellectual, low-maintenance, outgoing, quiet, [insert your own potentially contradictory positive adjective here].
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a recent Tufts University grad (Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies major) who jetted off to Tunisia after graduation to study Arabic and to work as a journalist in the country post-revolution. I've also lived/traveled through Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, France, Italy, and Spain. From getting stuck in the borders between Tunisia and Libya, to being left behind in open water in the Red Sea, I've got some pretty crazy stories to share, but I also would love to hear yours (I'm an awesome listener...promise!).

Now, I've decided to give this famed "settling-down" thing a try. I'm starting my MA (in Arab Studies) in the fall at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service. I just relocated to the AdMo/Woodley Park/Dupont area, so suggestions of things to do and places to explore would be appreciated!
I’m really good at
DANCING (I'm an avid swing, salsa, and blues dancer...HUGE bonus points if you dance or are willing to learn).
Learning foreign languages.
Sleeping (seriously...16 hours is easily possible).
Photographing (hey gotta keep up with the gerunds here).
Singing the wrong lyrics to popular songs. Oops.
The first things people usually notice about me
In terms of physical attributes, iono...you tell me?

In terms of my personality, people comment on my ambition and drive a lot. I'm definitely a hard worker, and if I want something or am passionate about a subject, it's pretty hard to stop me :) I taught myself a semester's worth of Arabic over winter break my freshman year, for starters...
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (before the movie came out...Jonathan Safran Foer is amazing), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, A Thousand Splendid Suns, anything by Terry Pratchett, Anna Karenina

Movies: Monty Python, Young Frankenstein, Life is Beautiful, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Chorus, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Dirty Dancing, Amelie, Sabrina, The Princess Bride, Pineapple Express, Casablanca, Pulp Fiction

TV: Flight of the Conchords, Game of Thrones, Arrested Development, How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs, Parks and Rec, Family Guy, the Big Bang Theory

I'm a sucker for Middle Eastern and Indian food...
Six things I could never do without
1) Sleep (as trite as it sounds, I need an absurd amount of it to function)
2) Dancing (it's an addiction)
3) Googlemaps (see "my deepest darkest secret" below)
4) Frozen yogurt
5) Music
6) Ellipses and parentheses (see the rest of my profile...)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Anything and everything really -- I daydream far too much.
On a typical Friday night I am
There is no typical Friday night. BUT, I will bet you a large sum of money that it involves dancing at some point, even if only around my kitchen...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
After fifteen years of tap dancing, my feet are constantly tapping, usually unbeknownst to me...

I have the worst sense of direction out of anyone that I have ever met. Embarrassingly bad and highly inconvenient at times. I don't know how I've made it on my own this long, especially abroad without Googlemaps...
You should message me if
Some (or all) of the following apply:

-You are adventurous, easygoing, and respectful.
-You're ready to go out exploring and hitting the town, or to spend a quiet night in watching a movie, cooking dinner, or just chatting.
-You don't take yourself (or me) too seriously...Goofy and/or sarcastic senses of humor greatly appreciated.
-You can look past my initial shyness to the witty and talkative personality that will quickly emerge...

We don't have to have the same interests (hey, it will give us more to talk about and to learn from each other), but you at least have an appreciation of those with different backgrounds from your own and are somewhat open-minded.

Oh, and huge bonus points if you dance or are willing to learn! (I won't throw you under a bus, I promise...)
The two of us