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Hey, I’m Sophia!

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States · Member since January 2012
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I would describe myself as quirky and passionate for life. Here's a bit more to fill-in the blanks.

The five things that I can't live currently without: great tasting drinking water, a lap top, some ballet flats, my Clarisonic Mia, and my American Government textbook. The last last item is critical for my self-study for the Foreign Service exam.

My five favorite movies are The Princess Bride, A Lion on Winter, Star Wars: A New Hope, Jane Eyre (the BBC version with Timothy Dalton), and Withnail and I.

My five favorite serial shows are QI (Quite Interesting--a BBC quiz show hosted by Stephen Fry), Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who (especially enjoyed watching the 9th and 10th Doctors), How I Met Your Mother, and Posh Nosh (a BBC parody of a cooking show--unfortunately it was only an eight episode long series.)

Five destinations that I have on my wishlist: Paris, Xi'an, Istanbul, Venice, and Crac des Chevaliers (near Tartus, Syria).

As you can tell by my fives lists, I like things off the beaten path, but I really, really dislike roughing it. I really enjoy my creature comforts. However, if the path leads to ancient crusader castles and capitals of bygone empires and British historical dramas, I will be there at the front of the tour group.

I've traveled enough to gravitate to two philosophies when I go a traveling. I am partial to the saying ascribed to Chief Seattle "Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints." This is a great philosophy for travel. It shows the respect that the traveler has for the people and environment. And my second favorite travel philosophy is "Always be prepared." which has the collary "but travel light". I found out the hard way about traveling light when I was sprinting through the Shanghai rail station to get on a train.