I'm a woodworker; I custom make furniture and restore antiques. I have also been a magazine writer and sub-editor. Travel, nature, planting trees, reading, Indian and most other Asian food are some of my favourite things. I like to immerse myself in local life when I travel. I'm not especially interested in high culture and sightseeing (though art galleries usually draw me in) but love to experience everyday life in another country, on city streets, in villages and in the countryside - eating at pavement food stalls and cafes, basically just wandering around taking it all in. I would not stay in a five star hotel even if I could afford to (well, maybe for one night at the beginning or end of a holiday!). I don't say "Hey, I'm Jamie!'