I am white -- born in Europe. 1.85m/85 kg. Brown hair, green eyes, average build.
I completed my first university degree in Germany and my PhD in California. Along the way, I became a permanent resident of New Zealand and, at some point, the Canadian Embassy in Sydney was nice enough to give me a work permit when I had only asked for a tourist visa. In a way, I feel like a world citizen rather than belonging to any one country. I've traveled to nearly 40 countries and picked up 4 university degrees and many languages along the way.
I am in Europe now, currently stuck in Germany for the Corona crisis. Looks like I will not be able to fly anywhere in the foreseeable future.
My mother is a surgeon and my father a GP in the military. I only have one sister and she also did a PhD in theoretical physics at a good university in New York.
We grew up close to my mother's parents. There were three of them -- grandma, grandpa and grandpa's little sister who did not have a proper family of her own. They were all mathematicians.
Grandma trained the Olympic team and played some role in the setup of the International Mathematics Olympiad where Romania was best in the world 5 times, but did not do so well recently. Our last Gold was in 1996. The US had gold 6 times, the last one with a Romanian coach. As a child, I also participated and got a few medals, but did not get to the very top. The Olympiad is now sponsored by Google worldwide and by a prominent law firm in Romania, both companies using these sponsorships as a way to attract talent. In 2018 we were picked as the host country, but only scored 33rd in the world -- the worst in history. The US got its 6th gold, followed by Russia and China.
Grandpa was trained as a forest engineer but after the second world war he fell into political disgrace and put his life together as a maths teacher. He taught mathematics in three different languages. My great grand father was a priest and his brothers set up and owned a bank at some point, which went bankrupt around the time of the first world war. Later they owned a hotel in Bucharest.
My father's parents were not so close to us. They lived far away and we only met a few times, maybe once every few years. My grandmother was a housewife and my grandpa was an art teacher.
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