I am currently a healthcare researcher on the verge of beginning my doctoral studies in medical anthropology. I enjoy hiking, medium-distance running, reading and horror movies. I prefer non-fiction novels in general, but lean toward the "magical realism" genre in fiction. Especially Isabel Allende, Jose Saramago, Tom Robbins, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Eating is my preferred method of traveling. I am a vegetarian, but I love meat and will make exceptions if I am on a trip and encounter a local specialty I must have. I have a vulnerability for conspiracy theories. I have a cat named Muthu.