I am kind of a nerd (I think everyone with a PhD is/should be). But this nerdiness came late in my life, when I was 22-23. Hence, although I am proud of it, sometimes I feel the need to remind people that I used to be "normal".
I am originally from Napoli in Italy, but spent part of my childhood in northern France. For the last 5 years I have been living in California (near San Francisco) and I loved it.
I love to travel and one of the things I like the most about my job as an academic is that I am not tied to a particular place and can move quite frequently and freely; after all, science and knowledge travel pretty easily.
Update: I am in Sydney now!