26 Le Beau Marais, France
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My self-summary
I left my home of Washington, DC, United States in November 2014 to travel abroad. I was in Israel/Palestine that Winter, Greece for Spring '15, Balkans Summer and early Fall, Italy, France then Spain thorough mid-January, Puerto Rico in this past spring, then briefly went home, hopped up to NYC then Montreal, spent three weeks in Iceland, two weeks in Germany...

Now I'm in the Netherlands! I'll be in Amsterdam 30-3, Utrecht 3-6, Antwerp 6-10, then Calais, France for a month volunteering on a refugee camp.

A big way I travel is through couchsurfing, check it out

Sorry, I only know English and a little Spanish.

My hobbies include hiking up to mountaintop sunsets, eating too many blueberries, mountain biking, and smashing the patriarchy. The last semester I was in school I camped in the woods instead of living in a dorm.

I love astronomy, paleontology, oceanography -- ANY science! It's amazing! Anthropology, culture, and social constructs supply endless fascination. And maps and globes are an obsession of mine, I can stare at them for hours (If this is you at all, message me now).

The sapiosexual label on okcupid seems so arrogant to me but I have it anyway. Who the fuck doesn't like smart people?

I'm a sex-positive feminist, polyamorous in theory but I've never actually practiced it -- yet I'm interested in exploring the idea. BDSM is also something I'm curious about but haven't practiced, find me on fetlife here

I prefer spending my time one-on-one with meaningful people but often go out with groups of friends too.

Each of the three times I've taken the MBT I got different results. Consider me an extrovert trapped in an introvert body.

Oh, you should know that I find texting very distracting. I don't text often. Please don't take it personally if I don't text you conversationally.
What I’m doing with my life
Climbing trees -- there are squirrels up there!
I’m really good at
Cloud gazing, star gazing, swimming and coaching swimming, working with kids of all ages, being patient and tolerant, improvising on the piano, doodling and writing in my journal, and appreciating silence and solitude. Plus, I'm fluent in sarcasm, though my dialect is often uninterpretable: you'll never know if I'm being sarcastic or not.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm barefoot.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Noam Chomsky is at the top of my bookshelf. And Franz Kafka! Metamorphosis pales in comparison to his novels, you've gotta read The Trial for a real heavy dose of existence. Pedagogy of the Oppressed, everything Douglas Adams, Calvin and Hobbes, Animorphs, Watership Down, The Giving Tree, A Wrinkle in Time, The Little Prince, Dracula, Skippy Dies, The Book Thief, Holes, Stargirl, Amusing Ourselves to Death, A Brief History of Time, and The Simon and Schuster Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures... I don't like listing favorite books because there's soooo many more books out there that I will probably love more than the ones I've read before, thousands of titles yet to be discovered, so why should I think these are my favorite?

There's too many movies I haven't seen, I'm quite deprived. Anyways, I've enjoyed Harold and Maude, Wes Anderson's works, Love Actually, Brothers Quay films are über trippy, Safety Not Guaranteed, Dragon Heart, August Rush, Pan's Labyrinth, Kinsey, The Princess Bride, Good Will Hunting, Fight Club, Short Bus (I *need* to find someone else who's seen this), Almost Famous, and way more that I'm forgetting. I gushed over Toy Story 3 -- I cried several times. Lately I'm more into indie flicks.

Bill Nye the Science Guy? Ok, look, I don't really watch tv. Not out of arrogance as if I think books are better (which is kinda truuuee) but mostly since electronic media is rediculously addictive and I already waste away my life on reddit, which is more than enough. Oh yeah, not having a tv or a computer for two years also makes it difficult.

I love all kinds of music yet it doesn't mean as much to me as it does for most other people: I prefer silence more often than not. Music is too distracting for my ADHD/LD brain to focus. When I do get my groove on I prefer variety -- indie to celtic to punk to a cappella to alt-rock to ska to acoustic to the most avant-garde sounds you can think of. Some names I like: Regina Spektor, The Jezabels, Amanda Palmer, and Björk, and lately I've been submerging myself in The XX for hours at a time. Oh and though I almost never go see live music I can still appreciate even the most shitty musicians -- it's the people that matter.

Parsnips, pecans, persimmons, and anything pumpkin flavored particularly appease my palate. Food I don't like doesn't exist. Given the opportunity to try something new I will seize it, even if it's svið (sheep's head, an Icelandic delicacy). Edit: After having that in my profile for many years I finally went to Iceland and tried it!
The six things I could never do without
Dreams, of the day kind and the night kind.
My feet to travel, my eyes to see.
The water to swim in, the mountains to climb.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The sand between my toes, the night sky in the winter, the grass under my head, the thoughts in my mind.

Consider that a poetic way of responding with "everything."

Need me to be more specific? The interactions between cognition and culture, how perspectives are mediated by our environment, and the psychologies that come out of this. I'm increasingly interested in post-modernism. Oh, right. Specificity. Umm... alienation and community, anarchism, critical pedagogy, digital anthropology, and how the internet and new technologies change the way we think, interact, empathize, communicate -- everything. Formerly I was all about the STEM fields, especially astrophysics, but college thankfully pried open my mind to what else is out there.

Other than that my life is a constant daydream, weaving stories together whenever I'm bored.
On a typical Friday night I am
Making plans at the last minute and getting lost with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Depression plagues me but it's not as bad as it once was. The end of this comic aptly describes me now:
You should message me if
You have an insatiable passion for science. If you want to travel the world, backpacking on the road less traveled. If you're not content with the status quo, if you want to incite revolution.

In short, message me if pigs fly.