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- Portland State University (music)
- freelance musician and web developer
- English, Español
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I am a freelance musician (flute, saxophone, vocals) and web developer, and my husband David is a freelance musician (guitar). We both play a lot of weddings, and he's in about 8 bands. We love our 3 cats and we're huge food geeks and avid gardeners. We are both actually from Portland, which apparently is now a rare thing.
5 things we can't live without: interesting food, our cats, music, each other, our friends and musical communities. That's the "couple" version. ;)
I have enjoyed every place I've ever traveled to - and it's usually the people that I get really into. I like to trip out on how possible it is to live this human life in so many vastly different ways. We are both fairly relaxed travelers: we don't make a big deal out of sightseeing or tourist attractions. We prefer quiet places over raucous ones, generally, and we like to experience places as locals do, and try to gain an understanding of what it's like to live there. We also travel pretty light.
One of the most important things in life, to both of us, is to feel creatively satisfied. Having a distinct separation from work and non-work is sometimes useful, but for the most part we both integrate the two to a large degree. Travel, when possible, fits into that as well.
A really great example of integrating work and non-work while traveling was when, several years ago, I went to New Orleans and watched people play jazz standards on the street (and played with them). No one does that in Portland because the weather is often prohibitive. It was not only really fun, but it taught me more than I could have imagined about jazz. That experience informs and influences my own performances to this day. That was a perfect travel experience.