August 9th, 2013

thitherward: to or toward that place or point; there.

That’s where I’m going – in a direction away from where I am now. I’m sandy. I’m 29 (at least that is when I stopped counting). Last year at this time, I was traversing Eurasia by train, east to west, traveling for the sake of the journey itself – to meet new people and learn. Although I returned to Los Angeles within 6 months, I have maintained an urban nomad lifestyle, staying with friends on couches and floors, working part-time and remotely for a Swiss-based company and traveling monthly, resisting every urge to “settle” into any comfortable zone. Primarily, my current lifestyle is to save money for my next home, a motor home – a converted Sprinter van that will be a completely functional living space for me and my cat, with room to garage a motorcycle for day-to-day use. Although I don’t see myself as a road warrior, my time traveling abroad has taught me to live at ease in a mobile lifestyle with an open mind to the unplanned events that living out of a comfort zone brings.

This is a new adventure, an urban one, and one that I hope will allow me to take my work, friends, and family all over North America with much more flexibility. I hope you’ll follow my journey and I hope to meet you out there in the world somewhere.

Hello world…

  1. April 5th, 2011 at 00:23 | #1

    Sandy: With the energy and joy you have created, I know the world is powerless to do anything but welcome you with open arms. As you start your journey, I pray the winds clear your path and the sun warm your face as the people will surely touch your heart. Go and seek the knowledge that is already waiting for you. I usually close my notes with the words “All the best!”. What few know is that I am declaring it over you, the reader. I am setting the intention for what comes before you, what will be with you and, what will be left in your wake. Today, that is nevermore true. So, Sandy…ALL THE BEST!!!!

  2. DSM8
    April 7th, 2011 at 17:24 | #2


    You will be missed in your absence. Don’t worry you can always create another “Hill House” upon your return since it was the people and not the place that made it what it is/was.

    I will be following this journey with abandon so it will be your responsibility to keep this updated as it will be the only means most of your friends will have to keep tabs of you on this adventure of yours.

  3. Liz Lui
    April 9th, 2011 at 18:37 | #3

    I miss you already. Have a wonderful and safe journey!

  4. PERViuX
    April 11th, 2011 at 19:13 | #4

    Be safe and have fun, Sandy. Don’t forget to buy me something with that $1 I gave ya.

  5. Brad Amano
    April 12th, 2011 at 20:23 | #5

    WOW!! I can’t believe that your grand plans and all the preparations have led to the day before your awesome adventure. This is sooo cool for you and I’m so excited to see this new chapter in your life unfolding…not unraveling…unfolding. lol I’ve bookmarked your site and look forward to hearing about your escapades. It’ll be great to see where you are and what you’ve encountered.
    I’ll definitely miss you being in So.Calif., but it’ll be sooo great to hear all of the good, the bad and the ugly stories at your future parties when you return to all of us.
    …love the technology! Even halfway around the world, you’ll never be very far away from us! :)

  6. Oyster
    April 13th, 2011 at 04:47 | #6

    This is so cool. I am savoring the openness of your postings and your precious bravado in embarking thitherward. I look forward to listening to and reading about your adventures.

  7. April 13th, 2011 at 06:19 | #7

    At Gobi desert, I enjoyed most the singing sand dunes, and the area where they discovered all the dinosaur fossils and eggs. truly awesome. Be sure to get out of Ulan Batar — it is a typical city with awful traffic and car pollution. You need to see the countryside to see Mongolia. I also went east and north to Genghis Khan country (because I am fan of his history and his legacy: highly recommend the book, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World) and in the north, to Lake Hovsgol.

  8. Sam
    April 14th, 2011 at 03:09 | #8

    Hey sis,

    Have a great one…or should I say ones? You’ll never forget this trip (@#$% Im not even going and I’ll never forget your trip!) so don’t worry about keeping that camera charged at all times. Journey into the wild. I’ll be flying safe in the meantime.

    Lil bro

  9. Gracie
    April 14th, 2011 at 22:21 | #9

    Sorry I wasn’t able to respond before your LA departure. I’m sure wherever you are now, you must be stoked! Can’t wait to hear about your adventures. Post a lot of pics! ENJOY!

  10. Susan
    April 26th, 2011 at 16:54 | #10

    Sandy, be safe and have an awesome journey! I’m so excited to follow you in your trip! See you when you get back! xoxo!

  11. Old Folks
    May 3rd, 2011 at 11:01 | #11

    Hi Sandy,

    Greetings and go forth where the wind blows. Follow the trail of the birds, enjoy watching but as your dearest one says, ‘don’t be like them’. We’re watching you from the side line and monitoring your journey. Indeed proud of your endeavour. God bless you and best of luck…Khoda ne Garda.. Pag-ayo ayo .. Take care. /Old Folks

  12. Sarah
    May 18th, 2011 at 02:07 | #12

    Hi Sandy,

    Well just wanted to say hi! My family hopes that you are safe and enjoying yourself. I have one more month of school before I graduate and have to face the real world. Stay safe and I’m really enjoying reading about your trip, can’t wait for you to tell me all about it when you get back :)

    Sarah Kamiya <3

  13. Sam
    May 23rd, 2011 at 06:49 | #13

    I miss Chinese food!! Mmmm.

    Lil bro

  14. Adam Nathan
    May 24th, 2011 at 09:28 | #14

    Very excited for you, Sandy. I just got back from my nine-week walk across France and Spain and I understand your note above completely. Take care. Be safe. Have fun. Meet great people. Thoughts are with you.

  15. Esther
    June 11th, 2011 at 17:59 | #15

    thanks for this pic! ;-)
    hopefully we see each other again. continue on what you’re now.
    … somewhere over the rainbow…

  16. atefeh
    June 29th, 2011 at 08:46 | #16

    hi my cousin.
    im atefeh.fingilish type mikonam chon englisham ziyad khob nist.safare khoobi dashte bashy ba ye alame experience ke betoone to zendegy be dardet bokhore.
    take care 2khtar khale;)

  17. Tony
    July 22nd, 2011 at 16:58 | #17

    hi sandy, where on earth are you now? just learned about news about oslo, think you should be okay but writing to check on you. figure out where to go next?

  18. Tony
    July 22nd, 2011 at 17:01 | #18

    hi sandy, how you doing? just heard news and learned about what happened in oslo. think you should be okay but writing to check on you. hows it over there? hope all is well. figured out where to go next yet? take care! ;)

  19. Michelle
    September 23rd, 2011 at 10:56 | #19

    I’ve really enjoyed reading this – Sandy, you are an inspiration!

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