Romanced by Romania

It is my final hours here in Romania before a 3:30am bus to the Bucharest airport and then 8:05am flight…

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Romanced by Romania

It is my final hours here in Romania before a 3:30am bus to the Bucharest airport and then 8:05am flight to Sofia, Bulgaria. I am writing from the lobby of my boutique hotel, Bella Muzica, here in the charming medieval town of Brasov. Next to me is a bottle of local chardonnay chilling and a glass. The automatic doors of my hotel keep opening and closing as guests come and go. With each rush of the cold air I can hear the growing chants of the large group of protestors that are gathering in the town square in front of my hotel. From the number of Romanian flags waving with…

My Dinner with a Baron in Venice

Perhaps this blog is better titled, “My Almost Dinner with a Baron in Venice.” I know. I am such a title tease. BUT it did almost happen. However, a rare Venetian snowfall happened instead which impeded my baron from undocking his boat from his palace on the Grand Canal. His message, “Jen, it is snowing and I cannot pull out the boat.” Snow: 1. Jen: 0. Regardless of the fact that my rendez-vous with royalty did not occur, Venice, per normal (this was my 5th visit), charmed and delighted me as only this floating city can. Here’s a glimpse of her magic during the 48 hours I was there: The Grand Canal…

Oh, The Places I Will Go…in January

It is cold and cloudy here in Seattle so that means it is time for me to escape to cold and cloudy Paris! Hurray! My becoming regular buying/exploring/indulging-in-baguettes winter expedition to Europe will commence in a few short days, and my itinerary is chalk full of new and old favorite places to visit. While it may seem odd that I cross the Atlantic to the Old World in January versus the Pacific to an US archipelago of tropical islands, there is a method to my madness. First of all, Europe is very inexpensive this time of year as it is clearly off season for most travelers (I booked a flight for…

My Business Magazine Feature…24 Hours in My Life

This month I traveled into the pages of the locally lauded magazine called 425 Business! In their September issue (which sounds soooo fashionable) they highlighted 24 hours in my entrepreneurial life in a three page feature. Those who know me well may do a double take at my documented 7:03am rise time…clearly this was an extraordinary day. You can check out the article via the below pics:   The timeline of my day was laid out as follows after the introductory page:   These pics may help with reading the fine print found above:   Et Voila! What a privilege and opportunity to have 425 Business find my life interesting enough…

A Trip and Life Cut Short

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…