Visiting the Himba people in Northern Namibia.

My name is Samantha Runkel, a recording artist-turned-world traveler, wife to a travel photographer, Californian living in Germany, wannabe ethnologist and my favorite moniker du jour, mom to an amazing little girl. Hmm, am I missing something? I've been told I speak German with an "endearing" American accent. Which we all know is code for "needs work".

I spent over a decade in the music industry as a musician & songwriter making albums and touring with artists such as Ziggy Marley & the Dave Matthews Band. While on a spontaneous trip to Antarctica (because everyone goes to Antarctica spontaneously) I met my future husband and followed him around the world, literally, ending up in southern Germany. Because, love!

Since we travel far & wide for Michael's work, I know I've been given an opportunity to transmit (as well as I can) stories about the planet's beautiful humanity through the eyes (and ears) of a mom/musician.

For more about us as a family unit, check out where we've been. Nice to meet you! Samantha