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Jeff

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States · Member since June 2012
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Currently I live with my girlfriend of two years, Katey, in Boston, Massachusetts. However, this summer I'll be in Seattle to do an internship with Amazon and in September Katey and I will be moving to California.

I graduated from the University of Toronto about 3 years ago with a degree in English and Philosophy. I then went to Japan for a year to teach English. When that finished, I went to Boston and began a Master's degree in Computer Engineering. Two years into the Master's degree at Boston University, I'm now transferring to a Software Engineering Master's degree program at Carnegie Mellon in Silicon Valley.

I love books, writing, languages and travel. I used to be fairly active on (URL HIDDEN) I hosted several travelers in Toronto and in Scotland and surfed throughout Europe and Asia and a couple times in Canada. When I came to the US, I somehow fell out of it.

When I travel, I like to get a good mix of touristy stuff and local stuff. I'm firmly of the belief that touristy stuff is not necessarily bad. For example, everyone who goes to Beijing will go to the Great Wall of China, which makes you just one of the masses, but on the other hand it's the Great Wall of China! It's a monument to humanity, a giant stone earmark of history, and something truly unique to China.

Of course, local stuff is awesome, too. The joy of discovering a hidden bar or cafe that's so small and intimate that the instant you walk in, you feel like the owner and two other patrons are friends you've known since childhood. Wandering down a side street and stumbling on a neighborhood temple which is putting on a traditional Noh performance with local residents dressed up as dancers and the priest and his son pounding away on the drum. These are the things that make a place magical.