Writer Wednesday – Meet Rosalind Cummings-Yeates
Rosalind is a fun-loving journalist with a passion or travel, fashion and culture. Her book Exploring Chicago Blues is a great travelogue about the history of Chicago Blues and it’s landmarks.
Writer Wednesday would like to introduce you to Rosalind Cummings-Yeates
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a Chicago-based journalist, author and blogger specializing in travel and culture. I love islands, color and all things whimsical.
How many countries have you visited?
I don’t like to focus on the numbers because I feel like people turn it into a competition when it should be about the experience but about 34.
What is your favourite place and why?
Brazil because the vibrant culture and the warm spirit of the people have changed me forever.
If you could describe your method of travel in one word, what would it be?
What is your must have travel accessory?
I never travel without a scarf that can also transform into a shawl or cover-up.
What is your most memorable travel moment?
That’s a hard one. There have been a lot. Probably when a candomble’ priestess gave me her Elekes or ritual necklace, to wear for protection in Brazil. A priestess never removes them and for her to give them to me was a huge honor.
What is your dream destination?
Tahiti, Cape Verde, India
Do you have any upcoming trips? If so, to where?
I just returned from Guatemala and will be visiting the Exumas, Pamplona and Quebec City in the coming months.
How has travel changed you?
Travel has expanded my perspective of all the possibilities of life.
How long did it take for your first book to come to fruition?
About a year.
What is it about Chicago Blues that made you want to write about it?
It’s part of my heritage and I wanted to write about it from a personal perspective. I’ve written a monthly blues column for years but a book was a way to definitively document the culture.
Do you have any new books on the horizon?
I’m considering a few ideas but I’m still resting from all the work of the first one!
What is your favourite travel book?
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
What is your favourite travel quote?
“The Traveler sees what he sees. The Tourist sees what he has come to see.”
~ G.K. Chesterton