27 Des Plaines, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a gypsy in spirit. I've traveled through about 20 countries on three continents, and lived in four of them. Though I dabble in human rights work and librarianship for my paychecks, travel is my greatest passion.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a full-time human rights professional, a part time librarian, and an occasional world traveler.
I’m really good at
Languages. I'm fluent in Spanish and conversational in Portuguese.
The first things people usually notice about me
My voice.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: The Shadow of the Wind, The Paris Wife, A Room With a View, Lighthouse Keeping, Great Expectations, Los Cuentos de Eva Luna, Los de Abajo. All scholarly pride aside I loved the Harry Potter series as a kid and it still has a special place in my heart.

Movies: The Princess Bride, Midnight in Paris, The Blues Brothers.

Shows: How I met your Mother, Game of Thrones, True Blood, Coupling, Doctor Who.

Music: Juanes, The Killers, Coldplay, The Fratellis, Julieta Venegas, Sublime, Muse.

Food: I love food in general; except sea-food, jello, and anything with cream filling. Gross.
The six things I could never do without
I used to think I couldn't live without my phone, but then I did it for a couple of years, and it wasn't so awful. The thing I missed most was baseball season. Look for me in section 239, seat 107 at Wrigley on any given Wednesday night.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Language and culture.
On a typical Friday night I am
Out for margaritas and guacamole with some friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I like bed.
You should message me if
I've decided to take this opportunity to compile a guide for men in online dating who are interested in receiving responses from intelligent, well-educated women. It's important that you follow the following guidelines if you'd like to hear back from any of us, and that includes me. Due to the nature of gender expectations in our society, women receive about 15 messages on any given day (or even more if they're hotter than I am). This means that if you want to hear back, you must set yourself apart. Below, you will find my fool-proof guide to making the first move in online dating;

1. Spelling: spell out every word (no 2s, Urs, or Us). Spell words correctly; learn the difference between too, to, and two, as well as the differences between their, there, and they're.

2. Capitalize: capitalize proper nouns and each word that begins a sentence.

3. Punctuate: you know this stuff, put your knowledge on display! Intelligence is sexy!

4. Write a longer message--while we get many messages, most are very short and offer little incentive to look at your profiles. Tell us something about yourselves, especially if you think we might have it in common. "Hey, how are you?" And variations thereof probably won't get you a response unless you're super good looking. Even if we have a lot in common, we probably won't realize it, because "how are you?" won't convince us to open your profiles.

5. Accept rejection gracefully. We've all been rejected, myself included. I know it's not fair that you guys have to deal with it way more often by virtue of being the ones who begin most conversations, but please: if you don't get a response, try not to take it personally, and understand that she's trying to communicate disinterest without having to verbalize it, which we typically feel would be more hurtful.

I hope you will all benefit from my well-intentioned advice whether or not you apply it to me. Best wishes!