My friends tell me that I have ridiculous amount of patience (or indifference, depending on your point of view), a silly sense of humour, and the knack of getting along with just about anyone, although I have been accused (they even went as far as saying it in French - "J'accuse!") of sometimes being a walking thesaurus (I wonder if that is why my friends refuse to play Scrabble with me anymore?). To be fair though, the way I talk is not entirely the same way I write/type - the filters between my brain and my mouth are sometimes bypassed. When I talk, I am likely expressing my first thought without having deliberated it completely beforehand. This peculiarity of mine has afforded me no shortage of "interesting" conversations over the years. ;)
My background is Brazilian but I have lived most of my life in Canada so I only have an accent when I speak Portuguese (or just about any other language I can speak).
According to the Myers-Brigg test, I am considered to be an ENTP (I am sure you use a search engine for more information). To be fair, the last time I did that test was well over a couple of years ago, so your mileage may vary on how accurate/useful that test holds to this day.
What am I looking for in a woman when dating? Someone with a sense of humour, intellectual curiosity (including the willingness to travel), loves reading, enjoys being silly once in a while, and possesses a little bit of whimsy.
The greatest two influences on my sense of humour are Monty Python, Benny Hill, and George Carlin. Yes, that was three, do not math-check me. ;P
Message me if you are curious to know more - I am rarely embarrassed so my range of comfortable conversation topics swings from the mundane to the silly and then takes a left turn to the completely magical or obscure (like the necropants of Iceland, which I found out totally by accident from reading the Atlas Obscura). Being a bookworm tends to seed my brain with interesting timbits of esoteric and random knowledge.
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
I like to ask people about where they have been, their favourite authors, and their favourite hobbies when they are enjoying their downtime alone. Nothing difficult and people feel more comfortable talking about topics they are incredibly familiar with.
For the first time on a date, I generally recommend starting things casually and friendly, like a coffee meet, trampoline jumping (unless you are afraid of heights? I can respect that), checking out the museum, shooting some laser tag (I suck at it, trust me - that being said, do they still exist anymore?), taking a walk through the park with your dog (maybe not during the winter; I'm not entirely fond of the cold), indoor rock-climbing (wait, did I ask already about whether or not you have an entirely understandable fear of heights?), or go roller-blading -- just normal, typical stuff, right?
To be honest, my favourite way to get to know someone is playing some board games at Snakes & Lattes! It is a lot of fun and the atmosphere is just awesome every time I go there with my friends. Unless a crowded environment is terrifying for you, in which case a nice stroll through the ROM is much better! :)