A bit of an off-topic. This question came up at work: What is an unusual reading habit of yours? For me it’s armchair travel books, specifically travel guides. I peruse travel guides to my favorite places like I read a novel. Rick Steves’ series in Europe is one of my favorites. I enjoy the candid and humorous voice in his writing. Reading the book is like having a tour guide speaking to me. Travel is freedom, but sometimes in order to get the best out of what a place offers, I have to do my homework and research before going. Money and budget issues aside, when you lay the chips down, it comes down to what is open on what day. This is what I appreciate about Rick Steves’ guide. He lists weekly closure of all museums and sights of interests in any given city. He tells you when and how to go to popular sites without breaking a sweat. This is all important information that would make a trip so much smoother. I remember waiting in line for almost an hour to get into The Louvre on the day after it’s weekly closure. That’s something to keep in mind when planning an itinerary. The book reminds me to give a culture the benefit of my open mind. See things as different, but not better or worse.