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Samantha is a recording artist & writer based in Nürnberg, Germany (by way of California).

My Husband, a Most-Traveled Man

My Husband, a Most-Traveled Man

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When When I first met Michael, we were on an icebreaker off the coast of Tierra Del Fuego headed south to the Antarctic Peninsula. "So what are you going to do now, since you're not doing music? Become a soccer mom?" I couldn't tell if he was sarcastic or serious- German humor is a different beast.

We were alone on the top deck of the ship, the interstate of glaciers glistening all around us. I had told him I wanted to travel for a few months, become a "student of the world." I'd done a bit of traveling prior, but it was mainly for work, on tour. I'd never just traveled to, well, travel.

Photographing in Keren, Eritrea, husband, traveled

Photographing in Keren, Eritrea, husband, traveled

"You should meet me in the Philippines!" he had said. As if everyone who travels just ups and meets each other in the Philippines.

Well, I met him in the Philippines, alright. I also drove through Argentina, survived Carnaval in Brazil, spent 6 weeks in a camper van in New Zealand, puddle-jumped across Micronesia and stepped foot into North Korea with him. 25 countries over the next 7 months. He took photographs, I wrote songs. We fell in love, I moved to Germany, we got married, and we just had a daughter. You could say the rest was history.  

With the Peshmerga in Iraqi Kurdistan. We also got engaged on this trip.

With the Peshmerga in Iraqi Kurdistan. We also got engaged on this trip.

 

On paper he is one of the world’s top travelers, amassing trips through almost all 193 countries and it's 800-plus territories- many, more than once. Chalk it up to advancements in transportation and technology, but if you think about it, he's one of the few people in all of human history who have seen that much of the planet. Which is insane.

 

His stories are for the campfire- sneaking into Afghanistan with a group of Mujahideen, eating whale with the Lamaleran tribe in Indonesia, surviving of a major earthquake in Bam, Iran (saving a dozen people's lives, building a school and being awarded a medal of honor from the Austrian government, but he'll never tell you that). It's the stuff of dreams.

But what I really love about Michael is that he doesn't just check places off a list. He digs in and captures its beauty from behind the lens. He is a doer, a creator, a liver of life.  He's a modern day explorer, and I love the yin-yang out of him.  

Mongolia and Papa New Guinea

Mongolia and Papa New Guinea

In a few months we begin our second Round the World trip together- this time with our mini Lewis and Clark. We will have to adjust our traveling style, slow down a bit, but as you can imagine, we have some interesting spots on the map. Leave it up to Michael.  

Check out Michael's work and some of the outstanding places he's been.

Planning a Round the World Trip with a Baby

Planning a Round the World Trip with a Baby

A Rare Musical Treasure Trove on the Island of Crete

A Rare Musical Treasure Trove on the Island of Crete