42Davidson, United States
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My self-summary
I am a passionate person with lots of energy who loves laughing and making others smile. I'm always wearing a smile, although I can occasionally be melancholy (I love Sarah McLachlan). Sense of humor is key for all relationships with me, as well as a sense of adventure. Curiosity and open-mindedness about the world is one of my favorite traits in people. My favorite country is Colombia (been 65 times and just moved back from there after a 6-month stint), although the Dominican Republic holds a special place in my heart too, as I lived there for 4 years as an adult.

After 6 years of working with street kids and other vulnerable children in Africa & Latin America, I decided to change course and in 2015 bought an adventure travel agency that plans trips in South America's Andean region. I moved to Bogota last fall as to develop new products there, but decided to move to NC in June 2016 as to be near family. I'll still run the biz from here now, and travel a few times a year to the region.

I've been to 70+ countries, lived in 4, and feel most alive when traveling. But I also love coming home, and I take great pride in being a "domesticated bachelor" who runs a tight ship at home, especially in the kitchen. Yet I believe that women and men do have some different roles, and taking the trash out is MY job!

Oh, and I haven't watched TV for nearly 20 years, although I just bought one for movies and the occasional Green Bay Packers games (after 2 years in Madison WI, I became a fan!). So if you are a TV junkie (especially 'reality' TV), we won't click. If you'd rather tickle the ivories on a piano (a baby grand adorns my living room), or listen to music by the fireplace, then you're my kind of girl.
What I’m doing with my life
I recently bought and now manage an adventure travel agency focused on the Andean region of South America. We plan fun trips to that area for mostly USA, UK, and Australian clients.

I'm missing my former job though, running a family foundation that builds homes/shelters for street kids and other vulnerable children in Africa and Latin America. Of particular interest to me is the fight against human trafficking, and I fortunate to be involved in it through work and personal volunteering with a couple orgs.
I’m really good at
travel and planning trips (for myself and others)
making people smile and laugh. (and indeed doing so makes me happy!)
cooking and hosting dinner parties.
forgetting family and friends' birthdays (thanks Facebook for helping save me!)
The first things people usually notice about me
my smile. extroverted personality and ability to connect with them quickly.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Movies: The Princess Bride, Shawshank Redemption, Les Mis, James Bond, Jason Bourne, The Little Mermaid!

Books: The Prodigal by Henri Nouwen. Various travelogues, like The Piano Shop on the Left Bank. All Michael Lewis books like The Big Short and Boomerang. The Bible, as cliche as it may sound, and even though I don't read it all the time.

Music: latin (pop, rock, jazz, oldies). Country/Americana/Bluegrass. Italian and French 1930's and modern. Pop Opera. Classical. some Top 40/american pop.
Six things I could never do without
Good food and wine.
Auto bill pay.
American Airlines elite status and lots of frequent flier miles!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how people can be so cruel to each other.
how to help the homeless guy I pass every day.
where my next trip will take me and who I will meet.
my sister and her struggle with bipolar.
what to cook this weekend!
On a typical Friday night I am
in another country. But when home, I like to have friends over and cook, eat, try new wine, and relax by the fireplace.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I generally like older women (but have been more intentional about dating women my own age, or even a couple years younger)
You should message me if are curious, interesting and interested (in common topics and other people), adventuresome, confident, outgoing but not a big 'party girl', and are ok with casual dating that may lead to more long term if the spark is there.
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