Curiosity is definitely one of my character traits – I like learning and travelling. I also love nature and enjoy going hiking, camping, mountaineering. Music is important to me – I mainly listen to jazz, neo-classics, tango, blues, progressive rock, klezmer and some kinds of folk. I dance Argentine tango, salsa, blues and swing. It would always be nice to find new people to dance with ;)
I’m interested in politics and can be classified as a left-wing liberal, although my specific views are much more nuanced. I normally try to be honest and open, up to the point of being politically incorrect :) I’m also a rather calm person and would normally prefer a quiet conversation in a small company, perhaps over a glass of wine, to a huge and noisy party. Lastly, I’ve been told that I’m romantic, although I’m not certain whether the term in its current use properly applies to me.
I’m good at social sciences.
I have a decent sense of direction. I’ll never get lost with a map and a compass.
Not limited to, but among my favourites (in no particular order) – Frank Zappa, John Zorn, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Lee Morgan, Fabrizio de Andre, Astor Piazzolla, Francisco Canaro, Ibrahim Ferrer, Maurice Ravel, Edgard Varese, Liquid Tention Experiment, Judas Priest, Tom Waits, and a lot of others...
Perhaps three of my all time favourite directors would be Ozu, Bergman and Tarkovski. Then I should definitely mention Victor Erice and perhaps Coen brothers (Barton Fink is definitely one of my favourites!). In Bruges is great! And there are plenty of other wonderful works and directors that I like, it would take too long to enumerate them here.
The Wire (my all time favourite; if you haven’t seen it, go and see it!), Game of Thrones, Rome, The Simpsons, Treme, Deadwood.
I quite like Magical Realism and “El Boom” writers, and many Latin American writers just in general, Marques, Fuentes, Neruda, Borges, in particular. I very much like short story as a genre. Brecht, Dostoyevski and Chekhov are also among my favourites. Among English-speaking poets I particularly like W.B. Yeats, among Russian-speaking – Mandelshtam.
Friendships (a few very close ones)
Self-realisation through work/projects
Nature (yes, I do love the outdoors)
Discovery/diversity (I need to learn/see new things)