Mapper since: August 06, 2009
I am an amateur map and mapping enthusiast, who is especially interested in mapping bicycle and hiking infrastructure.
I got into mapping by adding missing foot and bike trails around home, and when on holiday locally. Initially I mapped close to my home in Canada.
Later I started mapping areas I visited years ago, during long term travels in Asia and Europe, especially India and China. Then I was lucky enough to visit India again recently, and did a 1000km bike tour there in the Himalaya.
From my travels I'm familiar with the Hindi, Arabic, Tibetan, and Russian alphabets. I also know a couple hundred Chinese characters. I'm terrible at actually speaking any of these languages, but being able to read menus and find my way around bus stations was helpful. Now I try to double check multilingual names on OSM, and occasionally fix or add them as I edit.
I have an additional account for imports, that is so far very lightly used.