I love to travel – that’s my obsession. While other teenagers dreamt of concerts, new cars, rock stars and popular icons, I dreamt of Papua New Guinea, Turkey, Bhutan, Norway or Brazil.
Growing up in San Diego, California, my walls were plastered with posters of the Great Wall of China, Neuschwanstein Castle, the Taj Mahal and a dozen other monuments. I spent hours as a kid listening to language tapes and flipping through packs of language flashcards preparing for my future adventures. Anyone who knew me growing up, knew I was going to travel.
It was this obsession with the wonders of the world that led me to study linguistics and Mandarin Chinese at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. It was the obvious direction for someone who desperately wanted to explore the globe. And it worked. Since then I’ve had the opportunity to live, work, study and travel in over 80 countries.
As you’ll discover in the site, I love nature and wildlife. I can sit for hours watching a grizzly bear, a herd of elephants, or a humpback whale breaching offshore. I’ve gone to extraordinary lengths to see a certain species of lemur or to catch a glimpse of an exotic bird. In addition, I’m an architecture freak. (I have a particularly bizarre love of medieval city walls which is bordering on obsession.)