I'm an avid traveler from the southern US who has been living in Europe for the last six years. I travel mostly for work, but I try to combine pleasure wherever I can. I'm a scientist (Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry), and I love adventure, bicycles, sunshine, pottery, gardening, hiking, baking, reading, and wine. I'm trying to love barefoot running and rainy Danish days, but sometimes it doesn't work.
My favorite place is with family, who I don't get to see often enough, but after that, I love southeast Asia. I have been to 6 of the 7 continents and have swam in 4 of the 5 oceans. I've lived in Georgia, Denmark, Yemen, and Canada. When I travel, I like to experience a place like a local, not like a tourist, though trying a few touristy things is okay.
I found a book of poetry by R.W. Service in my Grandfather's study that contained a poem that, I think, suits me well:
There's sunshine in the heart of me
My blood sings in the breeze
The oceans are a part of me
I'm fellow to the trees
My golden youth I'm squandering
Sun libertine am I
Until the day I die.