I grew up moving around, but I've lived the longest in Texas and call it home these days. Having not escaped the travel bug, however, I'm currently a vagabond, spending a year traveling around the world. Outside of the time and places that I already have projects planned, I hope to stay in places where I can meet and learn from as many locals as possible. The more quickly I feel "at home" in a place, the better.
I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009 with a BA in History, having found that I am fascinated with learning where we came from and why we are the way we are today. I also studied Religious Studies since that often plays a plays an important and interesting role in people's lives. I love discussions about all of that. Despite the degree, I've yet to do anything professionally related to it.
I spent the last three years working in computer tech support with both Macs and PCs. I worked for an outdoor outfitter/guide in Colorado before that, taking student groups hiking, rock climbing, camping, rafting, and so on. During and after college I also led a number of student trips to destinations domestic and abroad for charity work including a fair bit of minor construction and house repair.
I love nearly everything outdoors. I've become something of an avid runner in the last few years and also try to do Crossfit workouts as often as possible, but I'm not much of an evangelist for either; turns out I just enjoy the exercise for my own sake.
Food's also important. I love food. :) I enjoy healthy, tasty, and local eating as a rule and appreciate learning new ways to cook, but I'm also a sucker for junk food splurges. Fresh fruit is probably the first thing I miss when my options are limited.
I enjoy music with a passion and have a deep appreciation for art - especially when I am able to learn what a piece means to the artist or to others.
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