I generally prefer to spend my time exploring restaurants, museums, festivals, and historic sites. I enjoy wandering around new places, which earned me a traditional Buddhist monastery in Hong Kong for the cost of an asthma attack, and blisters in Rome from trying to see all the major monuments in one day. It was worth it though! At the same time I value the mental exploration I get from downtime just as much if not more than what I get from physical exploration; I'm quite happy reading a book or watching a documentary at home.
I love testing new ideas and experiences and trying to figure out how they fit in the world, so when my friends suggest doing something that I haven't done (like help build a race car) I'm usually down for it, even when I know nothing about it. I have a favorite historical period (Rome), a favorite philosopher (pre-Wagner/Ayn Rand Nietzsche), and a favorite sport (UFC), which makes for a pretty interesting list of friends. I'm always up for a good restaurant if you have a suggestion, and I try to emulate the eating techniques of Andrew Zimmerman, but I put my foot down at fish sauce; I can admit when I'm beaten. Thankfully, I enjoy working out as well.
The kind of woman I'm looking for is self-confident, intelligent, affectionate, and has no problem laughing at any Americanisms I make. She is a little quirky, but thinks that makes life more fun. She doesn't have to go to the gym every day and eat tofu, but she takes care of herself. She also has mostly, but not entirely, the same interests I do; it means we have fun and see life in different ways, and can introduce one another to new things.
Movies: Thirteen Days, the Hunt for Red October, and Kingdom of Heaven. I love a well told, well crafted story, but I also really enjoy the 13th Warrior for some reason.
Shows: Archer, Rome, Supernatural, Hell on Wheels, the Daily Show, and the Sherlock series from the BBC. Otherwise, BBC documentaries are pretty good overall.
Music: Hip hop of the 90s and the last few years (I never really got into the Dirty South), R&B, and hard rock (Lacuna Coil and Stream of Passion are old favorites, as are A Perfect Circle and Tool). My music taste goes from Azam Ali to Two Steps from Hell to Eminem.
Food: Indian (Dishes of India) and Sushi (Mikaku Sushi), bar none. I like most foods, but those two are my favorites. There is a place in Alexandria with the best milk tea I've had in the US.
A problem to solve
A story to find (I say find because it's just as cool to craft a story as it is to tell it and see what people think about it)
Passport (cliche, but true)