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San Francisco, California, United States · Member since March 2013
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Although I'm American who grew up in the Bay Area, I get asked about once a month where I come from. I guess something stuck from the time I lived in Germany and London, even though that was a while ago now. I still go back to Germany pretty often (for fun and family), and I feel as much at home there as I do in San Francisco.

I wouldn't say I enjoy the "traveling" aspect of traveling; I'd rather just be in a place and enjoy my time there... even (especially?) if I spend it just sitting on a balcony or in a park watching things go by. I just don't get the 10-countries-in-10-days sort of trip. When traveling, I will have a quick look at the landmarks (since it would just be silly, for example, to tell someone I've been to Paris but never seen the Eifel Tower), but I really prefer spending my time taking long, random walks through the streets (I do the same thing at home) -- it's amazing the cool little things you come across that nobody ever told you about.

Being from the Bay Area, you might guess that I'm in the tech industry, and you'd be right. It's the right niche for me and compared to non-tech people (like my mom) I suppose I'm some kind of an early adopter, but I'm by no means the first to know about, try, or buy the newest thing. I don't really play computer games at all, and have to just nod and politely smile when colleagues start talking about that.