Meet Anita Mechler, Our Very First Guest


Librarian, archivist and writer Anita M. Mechler joins as our very first guest and it’s a doozie! While on a trip to Japan, Anita survived the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the island nation in 2011. She shares how the experience colored her approach to the country, travel, and even life.

1) Where have you traveled?

When I was a kid, my parents were teachers (they are both retired now) and we took the summers off together. Along with my big brother, we would go on epic road trips around the US and camped in almost 48 states accessible via car. Internationally, I have been to Mexico, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, and Japan.

2) What’s been your favorite trip so far?

Wow. That’s a hard question. I loved loved loved Japan despite living through one of the biggest disasters they’ve experienced in 150 years. I would go back if I could.

3) What are 3 things you always take with you when you travel?

Music, maps, books.

4) What’s your next destination?

I will be celebrating Thanksgiving with friends in Mexico, in the Baja region and I am so excited!

5) Give us 1 reason why you travel.

My earliest personal “motto” is “Never go through life saying ‘What if?'”; I’m an adventurer and adventurers travel as much as they possibly can whether it’s across the city or the world.

Listen to Anita’s tale here.


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