You'll probably think that I'm very British. I'm faultlessly polite, I enjoy Scotch whisky, and people keep telling me that I sound like James Bond. On the other hand, I might surprise you: I prefer coffee to tea, my teeth are perfectly fine, and I've even developed a bit of a liking for bluegrass music. Yes, that last one took me by surprise as well.
Like everybody else online (so it seems), I love to travel, and learning about different cultures and histories fascinates me. There are few things that make me as happy as hiking through ancient ruins in other countries and trying to speak the local language. I've mostly travelled in Europe (particularly in France, Italy and Greece), though I've also been to some interesting places in Canada and the North-Eastern US. I spent this last summer learning German in Berlin, and am trying to figure out where to go next and, like most grad students, how to pay for it.
I spend a lot of my time reading - that goes with my work - but when I've got some free time, I like to go hiking or swimming, play badminton, or have a good night out with friends. One great thing about living in California, I've found, is the extensive opportunities for wine-tasting! I've also been making an effort lately to improve my cooking abilities, inspired by the excellent local produce and shamed by my housemates' superior efforts. My most recent attempt was a simple version of a Greek moussaka; it turned into a sort of ratatouille by mistake, but still tasted good, so I count that as a success.