The world's an interesting place and I haven't seen enough of it. I'm an intelligent, fun, active, curious, independent guy with diverse interests and I'm looking for a partner who's just as interested in exploring the world around her as I am. I'm also an inveterate optimist, definitely a glass half-full kind of guy, so a relatively sunny disposition would be a plus.
I'm genuinely uncomfortable when I walk into a home without books.
I'm very active physically, and enjoy working out a lot doing a mixture of indoor (spinning, TRX) and outdoor activities (running, swimming, road biking, hiking) to stay fit. Last year I trained hard for a couple of pretty intense bike rides in the mountains near Lake Tahoe and up around Mt. Shasta, as well as the Big Sur Half-Marathon in Monterey. This year I started out racing the Escape from Alcatraz -- an awesome event, but I've never been so cold in my life (even wearing a 5mm wetsuit)! I enjoy the focus and discipline of training, partly because it keeps me outside and partly because it's fun to while away the miles thinking about that first post-workout meal.
I've been lucky enough to live, work and/or study overseas a couple of times (in France and Germany), and would be open to doing so again; whether an opportunity to do that arises again or not, those experiences sparked my curiousity about other languages, cultures and cuisines. I'm lucky enough to work for a European company and my job takes me to Munich two or three times a year, so I get a little European time every year and can spend my vacation time exploring elsewhere. That said, I'm always happy to visit Europe, especially southwestern France and anywhere in Italy. Last year I visited Argentina, staying in Buenos Aires and Patagonia. This year or next I'm thinking about hiking the Inca Trail, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro from Tanzania, or possibly visiting Cambodia and Vietnam (I've wanted to see the temple complex at Angkor Wat for a while now).
Lately my weekdays have been busy with training and exercising my dog. On the weekends -- when I'm not training or racing -- I love to visit my local Farmer's Market (I'm lucky enough to have one a few blocks from my condo) and to cook for myself and my friends. I also enjoy reading, listening to music, seeing live shows, going to the theater, visiting museums, trying new restaurants, hiking, sailing, skiing, biking, spending time with friends, and just generally living as much as I can.
I've been very fortunate in my choice of friends over the years, and I value them highly. But I've had many wonderful experiences on my travels that would have been nice to share with a partner. I've never been entirely comfortable meeting people in bars, so I find myself exploring Match. Worst case, I'll be dining out on stories about awkward first dates for a while at least, right?
I tend to be most comfortable spending time with people who are smart, funny, active, adventurous, independent, curious, and engaged in the world around them, comfortable in their own skin, self-aware, capable of introspection, and open to pushing their limits and getting out of their comfort zone, at least sometimes. Hopefully we'll have some common interests, but agree that neither one of us stops being an individual just because we're in a relationship.
"Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain." -- Jack Kerouac