I'm a quirky combination of the Old World (Italy) meets the New World (Va. Beach). I am a first-generation American. All of my relatives live in Florence and none of them speak English. Growing up in a multicultural household has had an enormous impact on how I view most aspects of life. I wish I could say that my Italian genes have also helped me become a fantastic chef like my mother, but let's just say that I enjoy "experimenting" with cooking (beyond using recipes), and when the experiment is edible, I've had a grand success. =)
Over the past few years, I've lived abroad, on and off, in various countries. Now, I'm very happy to be back near my [somewhat chaotic] family and am here to stay. I'd describe myself as: family oriented, nomadic (it's in the genes), perceptive, adventurous, curious, outdoorsy, playful, a bit sassy, direct and transparent. I'm the sort of person that will put her plans aside if it means doing a favor for someone else; I walk by the river everyday and pause for a few minutes to take it all in; I'II buy myself flowers every once in a while because they make me happy; I get American phrases confused with Italian phrases (I can't explain it because I "am" American); I love my "beautiful" four inch heel shoes, but I also love my really unattractive, yet delightfully comfortable Danskos; I find walking and wandering around the city by myself during the evenings (especially by the Mall) relaxing; and I find that as long as I have my family's support and a circle of good friends, it doesn't take much to make me feel satisfied. Overall, I'm at a peaceful place in my life, and I'd like to think that I have a good grasp of the things that are most important to me. I am an active person with a varied group of friends and interests. I'm drawn to people who share similar interests and qualities, especially men who have a calm demeanor and are playful, insightful, and grounded. There are a ton of adjectives that I could use to cite the perfect match, but at the end of the day, I think it comes down to having your best friend by your side and a connection that can't be described in words. That's what I'd like one day, but I'm happy starting with a simple hello and getting to know someone slowly.