The short version: My blog is like a volcano: mostly dormant. But when I do write, it’s on home, place, time, the remnants of the rave, and more recently on being a mother. I’m based in Northern California (and lived previously on a half-acre homestead and a tiny house on wheels). Iโ€™m a senior editor at Automattic, focused on Longreads and other projects.

The long version: I loved to write when I was a child: from letters I scribbled to my aunt, to angry middle school journal entries, to the screenplay I wrote on a floppy disk when I was thirteen (which I described as Natural Born Killers meets The Fugitive).

After studying screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television — and realizing I didn’t want to pursue a career in the film industry — I returned to the San Francisco Bay Area, where I grew up, and mixed random jobs with part-time writing gigs. An awesome summer at Tower Records. A year at Barnes and Noble. Internships at a daily newspaper, a weekly, and a magazine.

Along the way, I worked in education, as an aide in a sixth-grade classroom, a tutor at a reading clinic, a freelance reporter for an education site, an editorial assistant at the George Lucas Educational Foundation, and an English teacher in Thailand, in a village east of Bangkok.

My love for wandering the world led to more freelance writing, as well as a shiny new blog to chronicle my nomadic ways. Soon after, the travel startup Trazzler hired me as a community manager to assist in editorial and social media projects, and from there, I built a network, while dabbling in part-time jobs to stay afloat. Other past lives include marketing proofreader at Mills College in Oakland, award-winning book reviewer at the San Mateo Daily Journal, and TV production intern at the Cannes Film Festival.

In 2007, I graduated from the MFA program in creative nonfiction at Goucher College and wrote an unpublished manuscript on the Oakland warehouse rave scene in the mid-to-late nineties: a time in my life, rich with memories, that I love to explore.

This site, originally called Writing Through the Fog, has evolved since 2008. It’s a space for creative nonfiction, personal essays, and memoir on writing, the internet, place and space, and time and memory. (I’ve removed many early posts on travel and street art.) Hosted on WordPress.com, it introduced me to the world of WordPress, and later to Automattic, where I work today as a story wrangler on the editorial team.

210 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello Cheri. It seems today that someone Googling you ended up on my Montaigbakhtinian.com site, and this has led me to you here. Beautiful photos! And they work particularly nicely on a large screen desktop computer such as I have at the moment. With best wishes,, William Eaton

  2. Hi Cheri, I just wanted to say a big thank you for featuring my blog in your recent article – which I’ve only just seen! Such a lovely surprise, and thank you for the lovely comments about the landing page. I’m so glad you like it!


  3. What a resume!!! Very impressive… I get jealous of creative people like you who seem to have no difficulty to express with a rich vocabulary what they need to say! That’s the art of creative writing really. Keep on with being so inspiring ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. ps I’m also in love with your Notes category. What a wonderful idea for those immediate and shorter snippets, ideas, and findings, that we want to record. You have encouraged me so much today.

    1. Thanks for the comment! Yes, the Notebook blog was a way to encourage me to write short and quick things, since I rarely write and publish longer posts on my main site anymore. It has helped in general, though I’ve neglected it recently…

      1. Sounds wonderful. My posts are often longer than I intend them to be, so I am working on being briefer and more to the point with my ideas. I think the Notebook blog is a wonderful way to do this… and to document special quotes, snippets from articles etc. Enjoy your blog.

  5. Hi Cheri, today I discovered your blog through the Discovery posts from WP. So glad to have found it. Your style, layout, writing and topics are right up my alley. I will be following you here and on instagram. Also, love your tiny house on the farm. Will be following that blog too! Best wishes to you for this new 2018, still open to many wonderful possibilities. Hope your garden is well!

  6. Hi,
    I love your content and feel very fortunate that i happened across your site! I’m a teenager just getting into the blogging scene, and I would really appreciate any tips on how to publicize my site as much as you already have . Thank you!

  7. Hi Cheri – just a note to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed my visit to your website. I love the way you’ve organized it and of course especially enjoyed your photography. You have such an interesting background and have done a great job of marrying your interests and your work – congratulations on that! And thanks for all you do on WordPress. I for one (among many I’m sure) find that blogging has changed the way I approach photography and writing – both high on my list of favorite things. I look forward to seeing your future posts!

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words, Tina! I reorganize and redesign this site often (instead of actually writing, ha!), so I’m glad you enjoyed browsing it. I agree that blogging has changed the way I approach my own practices in writing and taking pictures, and while it is sometimes frustrating that it has — over the years — made me publish and share less in terms of writing, it’s been interesting at the very least to document the process and my ebbs and flows on this public site. Wishing you well on your own blogging journey — thank you for saying hello here!

      1. Hi Cheri, I have seen your responses to people’s questions on how to set up their word press sites and how your answers ‘magically’ helped them to fix the problems. Like most of those people, I am also a beginner with wordpress and I’m trying to set up my website (www.academicmentors.org). I have a question to ask now and I would really be glad if you could help.
        Basically, I’m just carefully editing a theme called Heisengard. So far, i think the site looks ok with all my editing, but I have a challenge correcting few things.
        1. For instance, the title of my site: ‘Academic Mentors’ look good on a laptop. But if opened on a mobile, the title appears like this: Academic M
        How can I correct this so it can look good both on the laptop and mobiles (Most of my intended audience are students who would be reading my blog on their mobiles)

        2.Also, just below the main picture on my home page is another picture (of a lady in graduation gown). The text on this picture looks bigger than I would want it to be, but I can’t find where to edit it. I have checked the different sections in typography, but none of them is controlling the text written on that image.

        I would really be grateful for your help. Thanks for your time.

        1. Hi there — I’d recommend contacting your theme developer for support. I’m not really knowledgeable when it comes to WordPress.org themes and am unable to help you troubleshoot here on my personal blog. I did a quick search for your theme and saw this page: http://blog.one.com/en/website-builder-up-close-the-heisengard-template/) — you could find a way to contact them for assistance.

          Alternatively, you can post for general theme help in the WordPress.org support forum: https://wordpress.org/support/

  8. You have a wondfully eclectic range of scribblings here Cheri. Blogging is a relatively recent discovery for me after many decades in many careers. I write about films, mostly modern. My inspiration was nothing noble, more about the physiology of the older memory. Having seen thousands of films, I realised only a few years ago that I could not remember most of them. So I started what I thought would be a personal journal because when you write down your thoughts, you own the memory in ways not possible when relying on RAM (random access memory…but you knew that). It works beautifully and my hard drive is filling up with easily accessed films to re-think. Look forward to reading more of yours.

  9. You have a wonderful blog! I have just started following your work. The post posts are pretty impressive. And thanks for the WordPress daily/weekly prompts. They are impressive as well. Have a wonderful weekend.

    1. Hi John, I link to your site at the bottom of the post, but I can update the copy and include your name as well.

      If you have specific instructions for attribution just let me know and I’m happy to display a credit exactly as you’d like!

  10. Your Longreads piece on Borges is my favorite Internet reads of all time. I will save it to my hard drive so I can read it whenever I want!

  11. I am a newbie in blogging and your about post is just so inspiring, I wish I could become a good writer as you are, I’m loving your posts and I’m learning something from it. Big thanks!

    1. You are so interesting and I loved reading your “About.” I am new to blogging as well and you are just the example I need. Thank you so much for sharing!

  12. Finally found a feel-good blog to read. I will surely drop by at your site every now and then just to chill. Your blog site has this graceful sophisticated genuine aura. Love it! Very inspiring.

  13. Cheri,
    It’s comforting to finally come across someone who studied Film and Television but decided that it wasn’t for them and pursued writing instead. I’m nearing my graduation and afraid of what’s to come in the near future but after reading your story I think I’m a little bit braver now!

  14. I was worried there for a minute, and then you listed your husband as one of the things you loved–but after what was it–a
    mogwai? What is that?Better than a husband?

    : >) (In response to About)


    1. Hi Nan! Thanks for visiting my blog and reading my About page to the end ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a thing for little furry things, like squirrels and mogwai (the cute critters that turn into gremlins once you feed them after midnight). I wouldn’t say they’re better than a husband, but possibly cuter?

  15. About pages probably don’t get much better than this one. Really enjoyed mentions of the various jobs through the years! You mentioned that you got rid of a lot of the Travel entries when you shifted focus. What made you remove them? Was it to maintain a more thematically consistent blog, or was it a space issue?

    1. Hi there — thanks for reading. I removed my earlier posts from 2007-08ish because they just didn’t mesh with my later and current writing. They read like trip reports or destination/city guides, and re-reading them, I found them quite trite and boring. I worked for a travel site but never really enjoyed the travel blogging/writing world, so I guess wanted to move away from that.

      1. Hi. Your writing is easy to read. I really enjoyed the Arizona/Utah post. It definitely did not feel like a trip report! I grew up in Arizona, it’s a beautiful state. I think this is fairly common – I felt for the longest time that I’d explored other parts of the world a lot more than the area in which I grew up. Started remedying that on visits back to Arizona. In 2006 I took a Wilderness First Responder course in Zion. It was nice to read your post and relive the memory of seeing places like Bryce and Antelope Canyon. I really need to make it to Canyonlands and Arches. Have you read Edward Abbey? If not, give Desert Solitaire or the Monkey Wrench Gang a shot.

  16. Wow ! You seem to be an encyclopedia in yourself. Amazed by the variety of jobs you gave done (or experienced, should I say ?). Great going and I am following you for sure ! I am a Human Resources Manager in India and started travel blogging about a year ago or so. Definitely a lot to learn from you ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. I’ve been writing blogs ever since I was in college and always end up deleting them because I find my stuff boring. But reading your gives me hope to love what I write about and not think of it as dull, but as a journey. Thank you for this unintended inspiration.


  18. Like many others, I LOVE your blog too! ๐Ÿ™‚ One of my college classes last semester covered the concept of creating your “own website”, for career/job purposes mainly. I hadn’t thought about utilizing wordpress for this, until I saw your page! Love the “style/aesthetics” you utilized.

  19. Such a nice blog you have. I love it and how it also ties to the photo essays. Great work. I’ll be following it and looking forward to more. You may like my blog, http://www.michadam.wordpress.com, which tells my Journey of Spirit and Healing, and shares the story behind my upcoming novel, Child of Duende. My novel takes place in Spain, where I grew up as a child.

  20. I love your blog so much! It’s right up my street and I can see we have a few similarities in our writing style as well as personal philosophies! Absolutely lovely! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. First of all, you have a wonderful blog and your posts are awesome. I enjoy writing and I’ve been told I can be very good sometimes, so much so that I dropped a year just to pursue writing or to find an internship where I could so.. Well it’s been six months and while all my friends are starting college, I have absolutely no idea what to do . What you have created here is an inspiration for someone like me.. Any advice?

    1. Hi there — sorry for the delay. When someone asks me for advice, to be honest I’m not sure what to say. Everyone is different, and it’s hard to offer advice to someone I don’t know. I once responded to a reader who asked me for advice. This is what I replied: https://clrnotebook.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/letter-to-a-reader/

      My general advice is to just write. And read, read, and read some more. I write more when I read more. It’s simple but true. Also, don’t give up on your story ideas. Sometimes, it’s not the right time to write something. But at the same time, don’t obsess *too* much over something — it’s easy for me to not write at all (and to become paralyzed).

      Above all, enjoy it. You have a love for expressing yourself through words — embrace that, let go, and see where your ideas take you.

  22. Hello, I have a question. I am trying to write a thesis paper fro my English 105 class and I am not 100% sure that you wrote the article that I found. I typed in the author of the article (which was Cheri Lucas) and your name keeps popping up. The name of the article is “Boost Memory and Learning with Music”. I just have to do an about the author so that’s why I am asking.

  23. I really enjoy your blog in all its different permutations. You’re very talented, but you already know that and thank god you don’t have an ego about it. My sister, Janice Gary http://www.janicegary.com also graduated from Goucher’s MFA Creative Writing Program.(’04) and speaks highly of it.

    1. Ah, I recognize that name! Probably from Goucher materials, the alumni magazine, and other places. When I was choosing my MFA program, it was between Goucher and Sarah Lawrence, the latter of which was a traditional, two-year program, and at the time I wasn’t quite ready to pick up and move across the country, so Goucher’s limited-residency format really worked for me. And ultimately, it prepped me for what writing in the “real world” was really like (juggling jobs and family/personal life; and trying to stay motivated while working with editors/mentors from afar)…

      Thanks for visiting and commenting here!

    1. I appreciate the visit — thanks for exploring some of my posts. I don’t publish much here anymore, unfortunately, though am using a new blog, Notebook, for free-writes and fragments.

      Hope you enjoy the rest of the Writing 101 course — thanks again for visiting ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Interesting… Extremely interesting is your journey of life, work & experiences etc. I loved as I read through your “About Cheri.” Clicked on ‘follow’ button to read more of your piece. Will definitely explore your archives…

  25. Cheri, I read a few of your pieces and just realized how different your blog is from many other travel blogs. Because in your writings, one doesn’t just make a journey to places, but also to the depths of one’s own self. Great writing, indeed!

    And thank you for visiting my blog.

    1. Thank you for reading. I don’t really consider this a travel blog for the very reason you describe — I like to travel, but I don’t necessarily write about a physical place in a certain way. Journeying “to the depths of one’s own self” is an excellent way of putting it ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Hi Cheri,

    I love your blog! So beautiful, insightful and inspiring. I’m a recent addition to the Zuki blogging family and would love it if you took a look at my work. I just published a post about fog and thought of you, endlessly writing through it.



    1. Hi Tessa! Just dove into your blog — lovely stuff, from your thoughts on home, to describing your time in Istanbul, to the Central Valley, to your musings on fog: “It feels as though I am constantly on the edge of the world, but as walk towards it, the edge becomes a delayed place, stretching on forever.” I love this.

      I’m following your blog now, so thanks for the note.

      I’ve been very happy with Zuki so far — looks great on your blog!

  27. Hey Cheri,

    Just wanted to say I am incredibly impressed by your blog, it is really inspiring to know that making a lifestyle out of writing/blogging is do-able. I’m still fairly new to the game, just started blogging this past year and I was wondering if you have any advice for newcomers? Maybe you could direct me towards a helpful post or site? Thanks for taking the time to read this and if you have a chance to check out my own blog, please leave a comment and let me know what you think!


    1. Thanks for the kind words, Alex.

      As for blogging resources, I feel I should plug The Daily Post, as I contribute to the site and think there are posts here that might be helpful. It can be overwhelming to search for material, so I’d suggest sifting through the Beginner, Craft of Writing, and Traffic & Growth categories.

      As for more personal advice…I just visited your blog and think there’s some great stuff there. I’ll leave you a comment on your About page.

  28. Hi Cheri, I recently reblogged your amazing piece about vertical writing and I just nominated you for a Liebster award, No obligation to accept, but I’ve linked to your site in my recent blog post about it, and if you decide to participate, I’ll explain the rules of engagement ๐Ÿ™‚
    All best!

  29. Hey Cheri,

    As a fellow writer, I’m in awe on how much you have had to write so far and how much you are able to express through your words.
    I’m a new blogger and sometimes, coming across blogs like yours inspires me yet deflates me a little, in a sense that blogs like yours seem too good to be true! haha
    Thanks for sharing your passion – looks as though we have lots in common – travelling, writing, the perpetual you talk about – I can totally resonate with.
    Keep up the beautiful work!!


  30. I actually came to this blog because I wanted to see how you used Zuki theme. But then realized your writing resonates like tuning fork. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Hi Cheri,
    Thoroughly enjoying all of your photographs and how you use them to enhance your entries and writing. It is very inspirational – I’ve been using photography (among other mediums) to illustrate poetry on my new blog. I hope you will check it out and enjoy:


    example of iPhone photography around Boston with poem: http://illustratedpoetry.com/2014/05/30/double-original-friday-to-paul-baumer-with-love/

    I’m a former Bay Area resident (Yay Cal! Go Bears!), so feeling nostalgic seeing all your SF pics. In addition to following your blog – I’m sending it to my good friend who is getting certified to build eco and tiny homes in CA. We are always exchanging tiny home and eco building blogs. Thanks again!
    Marcy Erb

    1. Hi Marcy — thanks so much for the note (and for sharing the link to your blog!). A friend certified to build eco/tiny homes in CA? That sounds like a great possible contact — we’re total beginners and learning as we go (only finally just wrapping our heads around our solar/energy/plumbing setup). I sense once we get our shell and start working on it, we’ll have a lot of questions — thanks for forwarding our site; hope to stay connected.

  32. You seems extremely uncluttered for someone finding her way through the fog. Absolute pleasure stumbling upon your blog. Will be sure to follow your future stories. Thanks for writing

  33. Thank you for following my blog. I was so happy to come here and find your writing and your thoughtful essays. I love the look and feel of the blog too, it is, like your beautiful writing, lovely and uncluttered.

  34. Thank you for inspiring me even more. I am blogging on being a Somali woman while also writing my memoir. Being authentic and writing my thoughts unfiltered is difficult, or so I seem to think. How do you keep it so real? I am in awe. God bless you.

  35. Thank you for having a part of your heart designated for street art. I like to think of street art as the world’s most honest form of art. Art without bounderies, snobs, or gallery openings. Amen to you and your blog.

  36. Hi Cheri. Nice to meet you. I love your photography. Beautiful shots. I was reading some of your writings about home, and family. You’ve maybe gathered we don’t have a home. Being nomadic we’ve learned home is an internal experience not an external place. It’s an on-going journey.
    I relate to your writing about information overload – twitter no, FB only to keep up with family, a bit. No watching the news. Not for years. We are of different generations you and I – the whole social media thing is fairly new for me, and frankly overwhelming. It seems to be full of a lot of information I don’t need. OTOH I’ve made some wonderful connections through blogging, and read many blog posts that have been uplifting and/or inspiring just when I needed it. I blogged for nearly 3 yrs before I discovered the “blogosphere”!
    Thank you for visiting and following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer. Being nomadic, truly nomadic, changes you. In a good way.
    I wish you well on your journey. Your writing is excellent and your passion, honesty and intelligence shine through.

    1. Hi Alison — sorry for the delay in response. Thanks for the thoughtful comment — I agree that “home is an internal experience, not an external place.” I also appreciate you reading my thoughts on other things, like information overload in the time of Twitter and Facebook. Your words are kind — thank you, and I’m glad to hear that what you’ve read here resonates with you.

  37. Hey Cheri, Thanks for the like at kallucuriocorner. I liked your daily prompt very much. After studying or working without much of a break all my life, I just don’t feel content if I have not ‘done’ something, so to keep my brain from degenerating I try writing daily – mostly to entertain myself and the daily prompts take me all over the place. Keep it coming,
    Have a wonderful day,

  38. Dear Cheri, thank you for stopping by and for subscribing. I’ve read some of your posts, the ones about Granada, and I will definitely be back for more. I enjoy reading your thoughts and I like your stile very much. Your idea of time and what it means to us and makes of us is very interesting and I am looking forward to reading more.

  39. Cheri,

    Thanks for letting us explore your world and gain insights of what is important to you. Many of those things like home, family and love are important to me as well but writing about them can be difficult but therapeutic, a learning experience.

    In the days ahead I will follow you and inspirational writings I’m looking forward to. Great blog.

  40. Hello Cheri,
    After reading a handful of your posts tonight, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your work. You have an obvious gift with both words and the camera (or iPhone!). Thank you for sharing your talents here for visitors like me to enjoy.
    p.s. I’m also a huge fan of Bananagrams and am happy to have found another enthusiast! Normally, when I mention my affinity for the game, people stare at me with a “Banana-what?” I even travel with it — sadly, it’s usually the first thing I put in my suitcase (before even my underwear or toothbrush!)

  41. Inspiring Cheri, nice blog. *sigh* I have to agree, as much as I love photos from my camera…the iPhone has taken over. Revolt!

  42. Hi Cheri, without sounding too creepy, I can’t help feeling that your name is familiar (apart from the Friday Faves, I mean). Anyway, your blog is wonderful, so much to read and look through. Congratulations on such a professional website and I look forward to reading you regularly!


  43. Cheri, thank you for reading my post at NotebookM about privacy, Chekhov and our exterior untruths. Your site is very interesting. One for the times. Here is a solution to your problem of trying to keep up with all that is being written or left behind on the digital trails: Don’t read anything written after 1936.

  44. Cheri, I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog. The name of your blog is perfect; I wish I’d thought of it! Your thinking comes shining through in your work – keep it up!

    1. You’re kind — thank you for the note, and I’m happy you like my blog name! My blog started as a travel blog, and so the name was fitting because it reflected where I lived (San Francisco). But I’ve shifted gears quite a bit, and yet the name — still — makes sense in a fuzzy way. I also noticed you reblogged my “On Everything and Nothing…” post. I’m actually writing up a (sort of) follow-up to that right now. Will post it soon.

      1. You’re welcome. I “met” you when we were both Twitter guests with Mary Chayko’s class, and was immediately interested in what you were saying, but just finally got the opportunity to really dig into your blog. So, anyway, that’s the reason for re-blogging something you wrote quite a while ago.

        I look forward to your follow-up post!

  45. Love the blog! You are a magnificent writer, and it’s always great to find another that spreads the love of the Bay Area to all those missing out on all its splendor. Maybe someday i’ll be lucky enough to run into you in the City!

  46. I have followed a mighty trail to get here begining with Adam over at My Right to Bitch….Passed by a Clown on Fire and waaaa laaa here I am. Hi Cheri. I’m Cheri too. I do not often meet another of the same spelling so howdy howdy and Aloha. I like how you said you are “a writer who always carries her camera”… your images are great and I am really enjoying peeking around here. Words wonderful words everywhere I look!

  47. Hey Cheri โ€“ I stumbled across your blog this morning and absolutely love it! Iโ€™ve never been able to take a good picture (fumble-fingers and shaky hands!) and really admire those who can. Iโ€™ve only been on wordpress for three months and already I feel like Iโ€™ve travelled the world!

    Amazing stuff ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing your pics

  48. Nice blog, Cheri. You’re a great writer and I really enjoy your ruminations on technology and the limitations thereof. Maybe I’ll run into you somewhere in the SF fog! : )

    1. Sven — thanks for the note (and sorry for the delayed response). I’m glad you enjoy my musings on technology — it’s definitely a topic I like exploring. Hoping to sit down and write more soon…

  49. This is brilliant…I can so relate to sense of place and recently have been getting lyrical about it. I have generally written, shall we say, satirical cynical stuff (and still do) but recently started a totally different blog…about what makes life great – The Small Things where I am exploring everyday things that lift us all. http://www.itsthesmalljoys.blogspot.com but also memory and intereaction.

    All the best

  50. Cheri – so excited to meet you. Thanks for following my blog girlfriend! But also, thanks for being out there so honestly writing and taking snapshots of life and trying to soak it all up like spongecake. You are doing so well at it.


  51. Cheri,
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I can’t wait to read more of yours….. I have a feeling I’m going to learn a lot from you. p.s. Yay! Streetart!

  52. “And I donโ€™t really consider myself a photographer, but rather a writer who always carries her camera.”

    ~I can relate to this tremendously! I love how you write – straightforward but insightful. Your photos are amazing as well. More power! ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. Love your blog! Absolutely amazing is all I can say :). Want to take a trip out to San Fran myself, but have had some plane difficulties in doing so. Keep up the awesome work!

  54. I just wanted to let you know that Iโ€™ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, which I hope youโ€™ll accept and enjoy! The rules can be found on my page. Congratulations! (:

    I love the blog!

    Have a lovely day!

  55. Hi Cheri!

    I enjoyed reading your latest blog: “On Eternal Sunshine, Erasing Memories, and Facebook Timeline” so I looked around your page. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just curious, how did you format the Archives page to show the Categories and Monthly Archives as lists in two columns?

    1. Hi Adrian,

      That’s a default format on my theme (Delicious Magazine). In edit mode, under Page Attributes > Template (on the right side), I’ve set it to “Archives Page.” The archives are automatically formatted this way.

      Glad you enjoyed the Eternal Sunshine post!

  56. Latin America is a good place to settle with chickens and cats. Just be sure not to mix them.

    I like your writing and energy. I would like to explore my own country as you have one day….after, of course, returning from all the chickens and cats here in Latin America.

    Boa sorte, que te vaya bien, and keep writing ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Hey Patrick–thanks so much for the note. Definitely pondering exploring/living abroad again for a spell, and Latin America is on my radar. I loved Costa Rica, and would love to visit Panama, Belize, and Nicaragua. And then there’s Buenos Aires, which has been on my list forever.

      There are still so many places within the US that I’d like to visit, too.


      1. I think the best places I’ve been to so far in Spanish America are Colombia, Chile, and Panama. Brazil is a whole different catagory, and I love it almost unconditionally. I found Buenos Aires to be a bit smarmy, but many people adore it.

        If you go to Panama prepare to eat lots of liver.

        Good luck on your future. I’ve subscribed.


  57. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and looking through your pictures. They’re fantastic! So vibrant. And you have a very fun and succinct writing style. Love it!

    I have started a blog as well, if you would like to check it out!


    Funny enough, I just wrote a little entry about San Francisco. Enjoy.

    Take care!

  58. Whoa. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Seeing yer blog is amazing, its been awhile since i seen good photography. Its all very lovely hunn.
    I enjoyed every one.
    That sorta motivates me even more to go to school for photography in time.

    1. Wow, I have received some very nice comments this weekend, yours included. As I said to someone else, I post writing and photos here mainly for myself, family, and friends, but when someone I don’t know is motivated and inspired to explore, take photos, or write, it makes me happy. Thanks for the note!


  59. Hey, really great blog postsโ€ฆ I’ve enjoyed reading through your blog because of the great style and energy. I actually work for the CheapOair travel blog. If you’re interested, we would love to have you on as a guest blogger. Please send me an e-mail: gchristodoulou(at)cheapoair(dot)com, and I can give you more information. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  60. Hey Cheri,

    I really liked your post, and getting a look at your latest travel location through your videos. It really makes me want to take a trip somewhere and explore.

    You do so much – when it comes to writing. I am trying to make some kind of a career out of writing myself – just not sure what avenues to take. I love fiction, but am taking quite an interest in writing on new experiences and ventures. Good luck and stay motivated! You’re doing great.

  61. Hey! Thanks for the nice words. I generally think when a place is inspiring, the writing follows naturally. I’ll admit I go through dry spells; that usually means it’s time to go exploring again…

    Thanks for visiting and saying hello.


    1. Trufax, Cheri. I travel as a lifestyle, and I know when it’s time to leave an area: when I don’t feel I’m getting educated anymore. In other words, if a place starts to feel more and more like detention hall, I pull out my map and start looking for a new adventure…

  62. Cheri,

    Your bio is very inspiring! Amazing that you traveled solo throughout several Asian and European countries, that is something I’d love to do. And to be able to write about it is such a great gift. I’m new to the world of blogging and reading through some of your travel blogs encourages me to keep it up!

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