I'm a busy professional aged in my early 40's and running my own consulting business.
I love my work and I work pretty hard so I'm usually either going to work functions or keeping pretty quiet during the week - although I'm always up for a glass of wine. Over the weekend I am social - catching up with friends for dinner, drinks, movies or theatre. I often catch up with friends at one of our favourite local bars - The Dogs Bar.
I am well travelled and have spent a lot of time in France and Europe in particular. I generally like to stay for relatively long stays of at least a 2 weeks in any location so as I get a real sense of the place and its rhythm. I gravitate towards local bars, restaurants, galleries and parks when I travel. And as a rule I avoid tourist attractions because I think the heart of a place is in its people not in places where 1000s of other tourists flock.
In terms of other interests: I prefer arthouse and foreign language films. And I also love Australian film making - Aussies can be great story tellers. I love good literature. Some of my favourite writers include: Milan Kundera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Simone de Beauvoir, Tim Winton.
I'm passionate about music of all types - but mostly independent music. I love everything from Martha Wainwright, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, The Velvet Underground, Camille, Brian Eno, Philip Glass and many of Australia's amazing independent artists. Melbourne is blessed with a thriving live music culture.
I love meeting new people and learning about different cultures, philosophies and ways of life. I relish a good intelligent conversation. I speak French (moderately) and would welcome French speaking guests. I'll help you practise your English if you allow me to practise my French.
And like many St Kilda locals I am absolutely passionate about this area. And so I will love pointing you in the direction of our many great beaches, bars and restaurants. And on the odd occasion I might even join you.