Celebrity Travel: Go away with Cheryl B. Engelhardt
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Cheryl B. Engelhardt recorded her current album “Luminary” — a Grammy nomination 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 Swiss-German. 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.” Based out of New York, Engelhardt welcomes readers to check out her website (https://www.cbemusic.com/).
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. Bern is a beautiful city with a lot of natural features, which I love — the juxtaposition of man-made historic architecture mixed with the natural beauty of a flowing river path is just perfect.
Q: What was one of the first trips you took as a child?
A: San Francisco. I loved it, for sure. We saw seals on the pier and that sealed the deal for me: I would become a marine biologist! (Laughs)
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.