My more routine distractions from work include going to the gym, reading, running, hiking, cooking, swing dancing, and occasionally geeking out over certain movies, TV shows, books, or video games. I try to maintain balance between physical exercise and more sedentary pursuits.
I came to the UK from Canada (Toronto and Halifax, specifically) about two years ago to do my masters degree in Edinburgh, expecting it to just be a one-year trip. Through a complicated chain of events, though, I somehow found myself here in Manchester to study some more. I may even stay on longer. I kind of like it here.
Swing dancing. I've been practicing for a few years, so I know my way around a dance floor, provided that the music is reasonably swing-able.
Cycling. I've been on a few long-ish bike trips which I'm pretty proud of. I'm also quite adept at dodging traffic on the curry mile.
Movies: I'm split on movies. On the one hand, I really enjoy a really good, dramatic movie that gets me thinking, but on the other hand I also enjoy really stupid summer blockbusters. Currently my favourites are Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Sunshine, Inception, and Argo.
Shows: Game of Thrones (obviously), Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, The Newsroom, Battlestar Galactica, and Dr. Who. I watch Dexter, but mainly just because I'm getting strung along by all the cliffhangers- I think the show as a whole is a bit past its prime. I also enjoy TV documentaries. Human Planet is one of my favourites.
Music: The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Killers, Wolfmother, Admiral Fallow, Mother Mother, Ben Caplan and the Causal Smokers, Gorillaz, Modest Mouse, Danger Mouse, Deadmau5 Parov Stelar, Crystal Castles, Beethoven, Bach, George Gershwin, and Maurice Ravel, to name a few. I recently discovered an Australian ukelele electro-swing outfit that plays songs about sustainability. My tastes are a bit eclectic.
Food: Just about anything if it's cooked well. Some of my particular favourites are venison, sushi, and good barbecue.
-Some form of exercise. I had a mild jiujitsu injury that meant I couldn't exercise this spring, and it caused me to go a little bit crazy.
-Tea. I'd never do anything in the morning without it. Besides; it's delicious.
-Books. See above.
-The internet. Not just because I'm a geek (though I am), but also because it's basically the only cost-effective way to keep in touch with my friends back home.
-A half-decent kitchen.
I also spend a lot of time making elaborate and ambitious travel plans, most of which never actually happen. As of this writing, I'm considering a bike trip across Ireland. A man can dream.