I'm a globetrotter that has recently decided to settle in DC. Things like furniture and subscriptions are new to me, but I'm starting to get the hang of it! I recently completed my MBA at University of Oxford, and before that, I lived in Central Asia (I promise there's more to the region than Borat) for 2.5 years working in international development. I recently started a new job in management consulting focusing on corporate and federal strategy. I seriously deliberated the switch to the private sector, and can elaborate at length. Suffice it to say, I have strong opinions on the NGO sector, corporate responsibility, and sustainability. I love DC and am really excited to be back.
My identity is a mix of my natural adventurousness and Iowan roots. I've been to 6 Stans, run with the bulls, and traversed the Pamir Highway (fun fact: the Pamirs is the only route for which the Soviets offered pilots danger pay). I love roller coasters and really want to go sky diving. At the same time, I always hold doors for people, am sometimes too modest, hopelessly gullible, and genuinely care how you are doing. I have a close group of friends - many in DC but also scattered around the globe - who mean the world to me. I think they would say that I am a very loving person.
In terms of lifestyle, I love to cook (my specialty is Asian in general and pad thai in particular), and recently joined a crop share. I exercise regularly, and love playing tennis and skiing. Getting my yoga teacher certification is a goal, though I'd like to do it in India. There's so much to do in DC and I love all of the regular things (happy hours, brunch, museums, plays, exhibits, etc).
While I have managed to get through writing this self-description (so awkward!) with a straight face, I have a very pronounced sense of humor. It's also weird to explain one's sense of humor in text, but I suppose I would say that I'm both goofy and sardonic.
People aren't formulaic and I don't have clear ideas about what my partner will be like. That said, I value calmness and rationality as personality traits.
A few other random tidbits:
-I would love to buy real estate in Istanbul
-I will forever try to be more of a morning person (and probably fail)
-I love paper (e.g. journals, letters) and am almost rebelliously anti-technology though, ironically, I work for a technology firm
-I've spent more time learning and talking about carpets (Central Asian ones in particular) than probably anyone should
-While I have had enough exposure to good music to fake it, I have a fairly unoriginal and unrefined taste and tend to leach off of others
-I spend probably too much time listening to podcasts (On point! This American Life! Planet Money!)
-I've been an international election monitor twice; once in Georgia and once in Ukraine
-Following on that point…the difference between the caucasus and caucuses is more relevant in my life than in most people's. Having traveled to and studied the caucasus as a region, I'm also from Iowa and a total political junkie. If you ever wondered how a real caucus works, I'm your girl.