American, pastry chef by trade, I am a big fan of traveling and prefer to blend in rather than be a typical tourist. I enjoy discovering out-of-the-way places where locals go as well as people-watching, art, architecture and design. I try to buy a piece of art or a handicraft wherever I travel--a painting or drawing, if I can afford it. I love nature as well as urban/historical settings and use photography extensively to catalog my travels. Also a big foodie, so local specialties and wine, ethnic restaurants, markets and less-touristy, local events and sights. I try to stay fit, so I generally seek out a gym if I'm on the go.