I’m always ready for an adventure. I try to live each day joyfully. I appreciate beautiful things, but beauty is all about how something makes you feel. I’m a perpetual optimist. I love the wild outdoors and enjoy the feeling of calm after a great hike. I like old things that are falling apart at the seams- they’ve got history. I’m prone to girlish bouts of enthusiasm. I have a sweet tooth that cannot be conquered. I think silence is golden. The travel bug has me bad. (Ask me about the time I was charged by an elephant or rode in the back of a flatbed truck to escape a flood). And then, at last, there are my two great loves. Paulo, whose first language is not mine, but who has always understood my heart. And Oliver, an adventurer after my own heart and my everlasting source of joy.