Sally Shuffield was raised in Arkansas, received a BA in English and Anthropology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Since 2002, Sally has lived in Durango, CO, with her husband, conservationist Mike Matz, and their two children, Carson and Celia.
Her career path has been varied but connected. She has developed expertise through her years as a journalist, an educator, an anthropologist, a non-profit director, a touring musician, and a newspaper columnist.
In 2017, Sally and her family decided to have a grand adventure and move to Valencia, Spain, for a year. This experience motivated her to use her background as an anthropologist to begin a blog that not only celebrates travel, but focuses on the many differences between cultures both outside and within the United States.
Sally continues to write, travel, and play music. She also works at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, as an Admissions Specialist and as a faculty member of the Anthropology Department.