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I was born and raised in a beach town in San Diego by Mexican-born parents. I have lots of family still in Mexico.
I went to school in Boston (studied Astrophysics), and have lived in both San Francisco and Manhattan.
In 2008 I was married in Gibraltar to a Lisboeta.
From 2008-2011 we lived in Bloomsbury, London, UK.
We now live in the South Cotswolds in the Stroud district.
In June 2017, we made the decision to move out of the UK and relocate to Amsterdam. Stay tuned...

When people ask me where I'm from, I say "San Francisco." It is the city I grew up in, in many ways. I first moved there in 1992 and have lived in (in order): the Haight, Hayes Valley, Pacific Heights, Potrero Hill, the Marina, Nob Hill, the Mission and Bernal Heights.

My wife is an Antiquarian Bookseller and an Art History nerd.
She is also a really good cook.

I am eligible for 4 passports (US, UK, Mexico, Portugal) though only carry two at the moment (US, UK)

I read a lot. I can read English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French. I hope to improve my Japanese enough to say that I can actually read it.

My secret to keeping up and even expanding language skills is to read detective novels. Here's my favorites:
Spanish: Alicia Gimenez-Bartlett and her Petra Delicado series set in Barcelona. (Although I also read widely in Spanish, from Vila-Matas to Saer to Villoro and many others.)
Portuguese: Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza and his Espinosa series set in Rio de Janeiro
Italian: Augusto De Angelis and his De Vincenzi series set in Milan
French: Simenon of course but also Fred Vargas
Japanese: Currently reading some Edogawa Ranpo. Would love to read Soji Shimada


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