I have traveled more than most. In 2005 I was reunited with family in Italy. There hasn't been contact with them since my grandparents visited in the early 60's. Since 2005 I have been back often, spent 2 weeks in a language school in Siena and almost bought a house in Umbria. Unfortunately the deal fell through. I like almost anywhere in Italy, prefer the north vs the south.. Family lives on the edge of the Dolomite mountains. I also like Amsterdam, Belgium, Greece..
I love the beauty of the East Bay parks, try to get out for a 3-5 mile walk most days.. I also like to swim at a club nearby.
Armageddon by Leon Uris.. got thru 1/2 of it before I realized I read it about 20 years, still finished it.
The Diamond Age by Neil Stevenson, like Snow Crash I will be digesting the details of that book for a while.
Liars and Outliers by Bruce Schiener, about a 1/3 the way in, so far a great read.
For music, it depends on the mode.. If I am working or in a more cerebral mode, I typically like any fast beat instrumental if there is a horn section even better. Groups like Pat Metheny, Spyro Gyra, Andreas Vollenweider otherwise something like Steely Dan fits the bill.