Hello, I'm an adventurous kind-of gal who loves traveling, as well as most all things science-related. I've been lucky enough to have traveled abroad extensively. I've done some backpacking trips, my first of which was when I was 19 years old and did Western Europe with an old high school pal. Good times! A few years later I did Eastern Europe solo More good times!! During that trip, I found that traveling solo really forces you to become more immersed in the countries you're traveling through. Now, whether I'm traveling solo or with someone else, I try to make it a point to talk to locals and communicate as much as possible with people other than just your travel companion (or in the case of traveling solo, no one at all). After all, it's not just about visiting monuments and taking pretty pictures - you can find those a lot cheaper online. The parts that make a place really memorable are the people you meet and talk to along the way.
Most recently I've traveled to several countries in Africa during my job as an Africa Tour Consultant for a travel company in Tampa, FL. I could rattle off a list of countries, but I'll just say that my favorite, and the most unique of all, was most certainly my trip to Ethiopia. I would LOVE to go back one day and see the beauty and amazingness of Ethiopia - the country and the people! The last international trip I took was a backpacking trip to Colombia with my boyfriend. Ahhh, I just can't get enough and I'm excited that there is SO much of the world left to see!
Back in the real world, I am living the dream and moving from Florida to the big beautiful city of Seattle this September. I'll be going to school for 2 years to pursue a bachelor's degree (my 2nd) in Medical Laboratory Science. I'm pretty darn excited about it. My ultimate dream is to work abroad as a medical technologist, maybe with an organization like Doctors Without Borders. Sounds pretty far out, but you gotta aim for the stars right?!
Speaking of aiming for the stars, I love love love meteorology and exciting weather events. Several years ago, at my father's urge, I got my private pilot certificate (my father is also a pilot). There is just nothing like being amidst a giant billowing cumulus cloud! I haven't been flying much lately (too much schooling!), but I do hope to eventually regain my proficiency and earn my Instrument Rating (they call it the "Masters degree" of flying).
And that's me in a nutshell. :-)