I'm a Minneapolis writer, age 35 or perhaps 53, and an absolutely passionate traveler. I've wandered the laneways of Phnom Penh, had tea with a bangle-seller in northern Pakistan, cared for orphans in a township near Cape Town, visited the Taj Mahal, visited the oracle at Delphi, spent months in Ireland and Italy — and I'm only just beginning to know the world. I love kids and old people and most folks in between. I'm tidy, funny, trustworthy and eager to pitch in. I love to talk and am quite at peace with silence. Have I mentioned I've been kissed by Nelson Mandela?