Pick­ing things up with Ch­eryl B. En­gel­hardt

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - TRAVEL - By Jae-Ha Kim


Ch­eryl B. En­gel­hardt recorded her cur­rent al­bum, “Lu­mi­nary” — a Grammy con­tender for best New Age al­bum — in Greece. An avid trav­eler who’s rar­ing to go once this pan­demic is over, En­gel­hardt said she has al­ways tried to fit in with the lo­cals.

“I speak Span­ish-ish,” she said. “When I was trav­el­ing to Switzer­land, I picked up a bit of Swis­sGer­man. I wouldn’t say it’s easy for me but I do like Duolingo and can pick up ba­sic phrases, which I try to do, any time I travel. For some rea­son, how­ever, I can­not fig­ure out French. I tried Greek as well when I was in Greece last sum­mer (work­ing on “Lu­mi­nary”) and that was pretty tricky as well. For some rea­son, pick­ing up small bits of He­brew and Ara­bic were not as hard for me when I was tour­ing in Is­rael. See­ing the curves of Ara­bic ver­sus the straight lines of He­brew helped me vis­ually.”

Q: What is your fa­vorite va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion?

A: I have to say I love Cha­monix, France. My hus­band is a moun­tain guide and in the sum­mers guides around the Alps, specif­i­cally Mont Blanc.

Q: What un­tapped des­ti­na­tion should peo­ple know about?

A: Be­fore I even met my hus­band, I was drawn to the Alps, and no, I am not a climber. But for some rea­son, I found my­self tour­ing with a few gui­tar play­ers in

Switzer­land, which led me to more gigs, and I ended up per­form­ing in Switzer­land about seven dif­fer­ent times. My fa­vorite lit­tle place to play was a cel­lar in Bern called Ono. You walk down from the cob­ble­stone street into a wine bar, then head through a stone arch into a carved out stone room with the best sound­ing up­right pi­ano in Europe. It was dar­ling.

Q: What’s the most im­por­tant thing you’ve learned from your trav­els?

A: That mu­sic can take me any­where. And that tran­si­tions are im­por­tant. The faster I can transition into my new place, even if that is a car on an overnight train, the faster I can be present with the ex­pe­ri­ence. I ex­pe­ri­ence so much less anx­i­ety than I used to be­cause I’ve been very in­ten­tional about speedy tran­si­tions. That in­cludes pack­ing, un­pack­ing, set­ting up, learn­ing the area and find­ing the right spot for my tooth­brush.

Q: Street cart or fine din­ing at a nice restau­rant?

A: Ew to street carts. Never trusted them. That may just be the New Yorker in me. So sorry, not sorry. Fine din­ing al­ways and for­ever.

Q: Where would you like to go that you have never been to be­fore?

A: I have a thing with stars, so any­where I could see the North­ern Lights.

Q: When you go away, what are some of your must-have items?

A: I have a travel MIDI key­board that al­lows me to cap­ture any mu­si­cal ideas on the go. I also have a black jumper that I can eas­ily layer, but also is cool for warmer desti­na­tions. And my daily Lu­mi­nary jour­nal. I don’t jour­nal very much, but for over two years, I’ve been writ­ing a few short things I’m grate­ful for in the morn­ing and I swear I haven’t had anx­i­ety since I started.

Q: What is your guilty plea­sure when you’re on the road?

A: Coke. It set­tles my stom­ach and gives me that lit­tle sugar boost when my body doesn’t know what time it is. I don’t nor­mally drink or buy soda in the States, so it’s al­ways a treat that re­minds me I’m trav­el­ing and I got this!

For more from the re­porter, visit www.jae­hakim.com.


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