I AM a dreamer. I don't believe that anything or anyone worth reaching can truly be out of reach. I am restless; I need to move, to travel, to discover, but to return. Frequently. I love to laugh, because fits of laughter are encapsulated moments free of worry and full of life. I love to cook, to try new recipes, to forget them and to try them again for the second first time. I am intuitive; I trust my gut and it somehow never leads me astray. I am a scientist; I study the brain but listen to the heart. The way my scientific soul and creative soul are bottled into one is probably my greatest paradox. I am a perfectionist; it is my best and worst trait -- one I'd like to hold onto, yet be free of. I am a polyglot, because learning multiple languages opens extra windows onto the world, its many interesting characters and oneself. I am a coffee-addict and wine-lover - I can never get enough of either. I am a writer - I love to fill notebooks to the brim and I never manage to respect margins. I have never been fond of endings, but am wise enough to know that, without them, there could never be new beginnings. I am who I am because of my family and my friends, and I am so profoundly grateful for them. I make an effort to always carry three things with me: hope, courage and my camera. I am sometimes wary of the mysteries and uncertainty of life, but trust that things always play out the way they are meant to.