Okay I'm in Italy as a teaching assistant for art history at an American institution here. Good thing about it, is it's pretty much my dream job, and right out of college. Bad thing, I have pretty much zero peers. So it's really lonely here. I feel weird about making friends with the students, and I don't speak Italian (I'm trying to learn!! If you want to practice English and would like to help me learn Italian, that would be wonderful!)
So yup, that's where I am right now. The rest of my profile is from about a year ago, so take what you with a grain of salt, things may not be true any more.
Okay I am a teaching assistant here. One of three at my school. One is an American like me, but has been here for a year, so she has a group of friends already. The other is Italian and grew up in Florence. Other than those two, who are both very nice at least, I have no peers. It is very lonely. So message me if you want to just hang out and practice your English! I would love to make some new friends here in Florence!
oh geez, I said I'd write this thing later... now I suppose it's officially later. I keep on meaning to get my /r/okcupid reading apartmentmate to help me out...
My main squeeze is visual art, but I got a thing for all of the arts, theatre and music especially. I try and be in musicals when I have the time, but that's pretty rare. To keep up my singing I work as a singing waitress on a dinner cruise ship, so that's pretty exciting.
to the general public I'm pretty understated, that is, until you get me interested in something, then I am extremely exuberant.
Oh, and I'm 1/4th Chinese. I have the most adorable Chinese grandmother who is full of some intense stories about growing up in China in the 1900s.
I enjoy nerdy things and nerdy people. I admit I don't know all that much about video games or science fiction or computers... But I like people who do :)
I really want to go to Canada.
My current favorite thing on the internet is /r/Pareidolia
Just graduated art school, which is silly because I've pretty much abandoned art-making for art history (Western art, mostly Renaissance, but I have a soft spot for the the Middle Ages). My plans after I graduate are pretty nebulous, I'm probably going to take a year or too off schooling to get some money and experience, then I'll go to grad school.
Spent the summer balancing 2 full museum internships, and one job as a singing waitress with 8 hour shifts.
Now after getting my wisdom teeth out, I have till the 28th to relax at home and get everything done I still have to do for Italy.
And procrastinating. I'm really good at procrastinating.
 I said I'd ask someone... I haven't yet... maybe I will, but I probably won't.
For more serious reading I like non fiction about science or history I just finished Just My Type, and now I'm on a typeface kick. I'm reading Proofiness now, and noticing the amount of ridiculous numbers smushed into advertisements everywhere.
I'm not a big movie person... I enjoy movies, but I don't go to movie theaters that often. I love bad movies (The Room), and Machete (does that also count as a bad movie? I don't think so!) I like Bergman. And John Waters (but a lot of that's due to living in Baltimore)
Hmm tv shows... I just watched an episode of Modern Family, that show's really grown on me. I also like: Arrested Development (duh), Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, Harry's Law, Avitar the Last Airbender (it's fun and well done!), Dead Like Me, Misfits, 30 Rock, Community, The Simpsons, Being Erica... umm I don't know, I vaguely like a bunch of TV shows.
I like lots of kinds of food (especially sweets). I don't like mushrooms or jellyfish or vinegar or olives, that's easier to list than what I do like.
I listen to a pretty broad swath of music. I usually listen to 50s-60s music. I like Etta James, Frankie Lymon and Aretha Franklin. I also listen to Sondheim musicals (some other musicals too, but mostly Sondheim)
I also go on silly binges of classical music and rap. I love Puccini, and Biggie Smalls. I also (re)discovered Dolly Parton after following her on Google+ (not much else to do there), and I think she's great.
Also why some otherwise nice seeming fellows on OkCupid like Ayn Rand. Whyy?
AND/OR if you want to talk to me about Early Renaissance art history in Florence, if given the chance, I will go on for hours about it (or really any Western art history till the 1800s... )