Monsooning it in Sihanoukville

I totally dug Thailand. Truly. But Cambodia…now Cambodia is something special (minus all these itty bitty ants that keep biting…

Four Nights in Bangkok

So if one night in Bangkok makes a “hard man humble,” what does four nights do to a soft girl…

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A Trip and Life Cut Short

Me and Dad

I should be in Vietnam right now.  But I am not. Instead I am home in Bellevue, WA. My return stateside was prompted by a fateful call I received in a coffee shop in Saigon just twelve days ago. On August 17th my dad died an unexpected and tragic accidental death at my parent’s house in Hamilton, Montana. After learning the news from my mom, I came home immediately. Now I sit here quiet after a whirlwind of travel, an accostment of emotions that ranged from joy to confusion to suffocating sadness, buzzing and loving gatherings of family and friends and a funeral. My world has changed. View from the rooftop of…

Monsooning it in Sihanoukville

Jen Jedda in flower crown

I totally dug Thailand. Truly. But Cambodia…now Cambodia is something special (minus all these itty bitty ants that keep biting my feet as I type this). It is off the beaten path, beautiful, exotic, and *my favorite part* I still feel like I am discovering something. Filled with mystical ancient temples, ample undeveloped coastline, picturesque countryside, a history that is both turbulent and inspiring and natives whose smiles can make your heart melt, I have already extended my time in this Southeast Asian country of 15 million so that I may further discover its riches (again, which doesn’t include these d*mn ants. Egads.) To get to Cambodia from the island of…

Island Life: Koh Samet, Thailand

Koh Samet

While life in Bangkok was a whirlwind (and much like the pace of life back home), life here on the tiny Thai island of Koh Samet has come to a complete stand still.  It is marvelous. And after three days, I am I finally able to ease into the slow existence that defines island life…just in time to leave tomorrow. C’est la vie.  Koh Samet isn’t the first island choice when people dream of tropical Thai island getaways. But being so close to Bangkok and in route to Cambodia, I couldn’t say no to its white sandy beaches and clear aquamarine waters…so here I am.  Turns out it was a…

Four Nights in Bangkok

The Grand Palace and Jen Jedda

So if one night in Bangkok makes a “hard man humble,” what does four nights do to a soft girl (really only just soft to the touch)? It exhilarates and exhausts her! Bangkok was the first destination on my month long Southeast Asia tour, and it was the perfect introduction to this exotic part of the world as well as all things Thai. Its biggest impression? Undoubtedly the hospitality, unequivocal friendliness and sheer helpfulness of the Thai people. From the owner of the guest residence I stayed at (no shoes allowed inside), Bally, to my guide for two of my three days in Bangkok, Tui, to tuk tuk drivers and the guy who sold me…

Southeast Asia for August

Jen Jedda Southeast Asia 2

In less than 12 hours I will be settled in seat 59H on a Delta 747 aircraft headed to Tokyo. This will be my only layover in route to Bangkok, Thailand, the first destination of my month long trip to Southeast Asia. Just writing that gave me goosebumps. While I have researched, prepared and packed for this trip, it is really only in these final hours before takeoff that it is truly sinking in that I am leaving all that is familiar behind to embark on a 4 week solo adventure to exotic lands that conjure up images of ancient temples, bustling cities, dramatic coastlines, tropical islands, rice paddies, floating markets,…