A Taste of Bulgaria

Okay, so I am not in the capital of the Balkan nation of Bulgaria anymore. In fact, I am writing this…

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…

My Latest Adventures...

Going back to Vietnam…and Southeast Asia

Giddy, joyful and wondrous of the adventures that await are the feelings I usually have when planning a trip. And while all of these sentiments are absolutely true of my upcoming August trip that brings me back to Southeast Asia, this time a few more feelings are surfacing. Note: I usually don’t look quite this fashionable while trip planning. BUT let’s agree that an image of me with no make-up, on the couch and in PJs is markedly less romantic or interesting.   Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City last August – A city where I learned news that changed my life and forced me to leave it barely 24 hours after arriving. ***  Saigon was renamed…

Adventures in Being on a Reality Dating Show

It has been a long held dream of mine to be on a reality dating show (don’t judge :). I am not sure I can articulate why other than the idea of trying to find love while America watched seemed intriguing…which also led me to believe that anyone else willing to engage in the same adventure may indeed be just my match! SO when I saw an application for a new dating show, First Date produced by Ellen Degeneres on NBC, come across my Facebook feed, I knew I had to give it a try! And, as it turns out, last Friday this seemingly pie-in-the-sky dream became a high def reality…

Watch ME On NBC’s First Dates THIS FRIDAY!

  THIS FRIDAY, MAY 19TH, WATCH ME GO ON A BLIND DATE ON NBC’S NEW DATING SHOW, FIRST DATES!  8/7C ON NBC Watch the Official Preview Here! I am often told I need to video document my adventures more…so this Friday night I take that advice it to a whole new level when my first blind date ever is broadcasted for all of America to see on NBC’s new dating show, First Dates (produced by Ellen Degeneres and narrated by Drew Barrymore). I am not allowed to talk too much about the date in advance…but I can say I both excited and nervous to see how my 6 hours of…

A Taste of Bulgaria

Okay, so I am not in the capital of the Balkan nation of Bulgaria anymore. In fact, I am writing this from the thoroughbred capital of America, Kentucky! This weekend I am showcasing my online shop at a Wine, Women and Shoes charity gala to benefit Family Scholar House here in Louisville. As a little girl I always dreamed of coming to this town and Lexington. I was going to have a race horse farm, of course! So both the little girl Jen and adult Jen could not be more elated to be here. Louisville does have as many hat and bourbon shops as I expected, but what I didn’t expect was the…

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…