life in the ubud monkey forest

I spent one month in a bungalow just outside the Ubud Monkey Forest in Bali, and the overarching lesson that I learned there was this: the jungle ALWAYS wins. Now, I don’t mean to paint my life in the Ubud Monkey Forest as a hardship by any means. It was one of the most …

Updated April 2020: As of mid-October 2019, tourists are no longer allowed to stand outside by the rails of train street. However, I’m hearing that you can go inside one of the bars lining the tracks and watch from there. Views would still be good. I recommend giving it a shot. Comment below if …

sidewalk eating

The food in Hanoi is – without question – some of the very best that I’ve had in all of Southeast Asia. Much of the culinary life in Hanoi takes place right on the sidewalk – from cooking soft-shell crabs to shelling sunflower seeds, to slurping noodles while perched on tiny, plastic chairs – …

Over the past three months, I have watched the love of my life stoically and heroically face down cancer. In that time, I have learned that there is no easy cancer and there is no average cancer and that sometimes this disease mutates, multiplies and outsmarts doctors regardless of a person’s strength, resolve and …

What's in a Name?

I didn’t exactly win the last-name lottery. Growing up as Jenny Doolittle, I endured my fair share of playground taunts and adulthood snickers, which is why I didn’t think twice about changing my name when I got married. Even though my new last name sounded just a bit like someone sneezed, I gleefully became …

As my boyfriend and I prepared to spend our holiday in the City of Light, we got a lot of questions about whether we felt safe ringing in the New Year in Paris so soon after the November terrorist attacks.