I'm a fun-loving, laid-back Portlander from Oregon USA. I love all things international, from traveling, to learning languages (I'm working on my third at the moment) to meeting people, to food... I love it all. My dream job would be to somehow become Anthony Bourdain and get paid to travel and eat food - but for now, I'm enjoying doing international marketing in the indie music industry.
When I'm not working or plotting my next international adventure, I'm a bit of a nerd who enjoys things like playing the original NES, debating who would win in a battle between Iron Man and the Wolverine, and or pushing my power level over 9000 (if you get this reference, then we should be friends). I'm an avid reader, (think Tolkien, Brooks, McCaffrey, Pini, Rowling etc) gardener, and all around handy-woman with a flare for creative projects (everything from building couches, to stringing hammocks, to making costumes).
When I travel, I believe in treating the places I visit with respect; both culturally and in terms of cleanliness. I try to leave the places I stay, both in the city and out in nature, as I found them - clean, and undisturbed. I also believe in trying all new foods at least once (how can I know I won't like it unless I try it?). So if you've got a local dish that I'll only get to try while visiting your country, let me know, because I'll eat it :) Portland's official motto is "Keep Portland Weird" Which I love because there are so many creative and fun individuals there. I've sort of adopted that motto for myself, but with an extra piece - "Be weird, but keep it classy" To me this means be creative, but remember to live and let live - respect and tolerance all around. I apply this to my travels - there's no good way or bad way of doing things, just different ways.