Over the years, I've traveled to The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, France (spent a month there), Slovakia (with a day-long detour to Budapest, Hungary) I spent a month in France (both Paris and Provence) during the spring of 2006, and it was an amazing experience which will always stick with me.
Some day, I'll get to Spain, Greece, Ireland, and Scotland.
I really enjoy photography, but don't do it as much as I used to.
I love many varieties of tea and coffee. I have an open mind, and not just when it comes to interacting with similarly-minded liberal types. I enjoy challenging the system. I'm a big-picture person as well as a dreamer, often thinking about how the world could be made to be a better place, and how to get there.
In the last few years, I've spent spent a couple of weeks on my own in eastern Europe, on Kauai, camping around the island. The Na Pali coast was amazing. I've spent a week rafting down the down the Gulkana river in central Alaska with ten people I'd never met prior to the journey. I'd love to go back, eventually!
In college, I studied anthropology, and found it to be a fascinating major. I was attracted to it because of its breadth. One day, I'll finish what I started, but in the meantime, I am enjoying most everything that life's been throwing at me.
I enjoy spending my weekends with friends, hiking, reading, biking, etc.
Books: American Gods, Neverwhere, and Stardust by Neil Gaiman. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series, Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul (I own a few signed first editions of both DNA's material as well as Gaiman's, these guys rock), Collapse by Jared Diamond, The Janson Directive & The Tristan Betrayal by Robert Ludlum, Ender's Game/Shadow by Orson Scott Card, West of Kabul, East of New York, by Tamim Ansary, The Kite Runner, American Autobahn by Mark Rask, Ishi - In Two Worlds, "One People, Two worlds", and a host of other books I'm certainly omitting.
Movies: Sneakers. Amelie. Happenstance. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. City of lost Children. Napoleon Dynamite. The Fifth Element. L.A Confidential. The Princess & The Warrior, Run Lola Run (aka Lola Rennt), The Big Lebowski. Batman Begins. Time Bandits, The Others. Shadow of the Vampire. Lon (AKA The Professional in the USA, however the American edit is quite inferior), Rush Hour. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The Hudsucker Proxy. Contact. Ronin. Brazil. The Vanishing. Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Spirited Away. Star Wars. Traffic. Did I mention Sneakers? ;-) A host of others, as well, these titles are simply a very small and not necessarily representative portion of what I appreciate.
Television: Mad Men, Battlestar Galactica, Castle, House, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report
Music: A short list of artists would be: Air, Bjork, Cake, The Clash, Devo, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Emilianna Torini, Gary Numan, Johnny Cash, Jurassic 5, Nelly Furtado, Pink Martini, Queen, Radiohead, Royksopp, Talking Heads, Tom Waits, Willie Nelson, and a lot of tribal ethnic music.
Food: Fresh fruits and vegetables. Avocado, Spinach, Tomatoes, Chiles. Genre-wise: Mexican, Indian, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, seeing a pattern here yet? Most ethnic food. I really enjoyed sampling a wide variety of authentic French food during my travels there.
"To the ambitious for whom neither the bounty of life nor the beauty of the world suffice to content, it comes as penance that life with them is squandered and that they posses neither the benefits nor the beauty of the world.
And if they are unable to perceive what is divine in Nature which is all around them, how will they be able to see their own divinity, which is sometimes hidden."
- Leonardo Da Vinci