Born in Montreal, Canada, Jodi Ettenberg is a former new media and technology lawyer who quit her job after 5+ years of working in NYC to chase her dream of travelling around the world. Starting in April 2008, Jodi has traipsed through South America, Russia and Mongolia, China and a good part of South East Asia, blogging the whole way. You can follow her on Twitter at @legalnomads.
In the weeks leading up to Vietnam’s lunar new year, Tet, Ho Chi Minh City underwent a gradual transformation. At first I only noticed it as a feeling, an additional layer of frenzy that was not manifested in the streets, but in the air around me. …"
I ate one of the best soups of my life in Mui Ne."
What to do..."
Here are some of my favourite photos, 38 of them in all."
The issue merits revisiting now, given the media portrayals and subsequent discussions about a female traveler who was recently murdered in Turkey."
I only noticed the small crowd of children when I paused to breathe in deeply."
We have a problem. Well, “we” don’t have a problem, I do. But since I take you along for the ride during any problems (and injuries!) that have arisen in my years of travel, it is only fair that you come along with me during this latest issue, too."
I did not realise how thoroughly Italy accommodated those with celiac disease."
The smells alone will beguile, but which of many delicious scents to follow... Jodi knows and is sharing with us."
The city is shrouded in smog and walking around, even for just 10 minutes, leaves your eyes stinging and your throat raw."
Spending time in Morocco is a study in contrasts, a confluence of old and new lives jumbled together..."
Yes, it is slightly ridiculous that I hopped over to a whole new country for a haircut and a few drinks with friends."
Like many neighbouring countries in the Levant, Jordan is known for its dips and tiny, tasty dishes called mezze."
I loved driving in Morocco, a country where customary road rules are vaguely optional and the entire country becomes a themepark for a loose game of chicken."
Morocco’s version of the quintessential bowl of soup – varied in flavour, infinite in possibilities – is the tagine"
One of the main attractions in Marrakesh for both locals and tourists alike is the Djemaa el-Fna. A focal point to all things in the old Medina, the square undergoes a series of changes from day to night, a rolling story of chaos that would make for…"
During my visit to the country, the north was calm and I ended up taking a 24 hour train up to Myitkyina for the Kachin State’s annual manaw (state fair). Arriving in Myitkyina, dazed after the long and bumpy ride, I had a few days to get to know t…"
I get cornered later by at least one or two people furtively asking ”so did you ever, you know, get sick?” Oh yes, many times."
There’s a common misconception that mouttabal (also spelled moutabbal or muttabal, depending on the country) is the same thing as baba ghanoush."
Amman was a feast of delicate silks and veiled faces, of pungent spices and piles of fresh dates and a loudness and brashness that was almost comforting after tiptoeing through Southeast Asia. Which is why it remains a big shame that most people skip A…"
In my Memories of Montevideo post, I wrote about my somewhat melancholy return to a city I used to call home, and in it I featured the Fountain of Love in downtown Montevideo."
Once at Kyauk Kalap (dubbed “Chocolate” monastery because the Burmese pronunciation of its name is “Chalk-Chalap”), we were enthralled. Standing proudly in a small reservoir, a tall face of sheer rock with a golden pagoda as a hat…"
Hypothetically, let’s just say you’re in Chiang Mai and it’s a hot day."
I don’t like chocolate. I’ll eat chocolate, but I really never crave any. However, the way most people feel about chocolate is precisely how I feel about coconut."
Tucked into the outer reaches of Northern Thailand is a Chinese tea village, its mud huts lining a reservoir next to the Burmese border. Only 44km from Mae Hong Son but a world away in feel, Mae Aw’s peeling mud walls and tiny tea sh…"
February 18 was Makha Bucha day, one of the more important holidays in Theravada Buddism."
No discussion about returning from a prolonged period abroad is complete without thorough time devoted to reverse culture shock."
I’ve always advocated learning as much of the local language as possible, and at a minimum words beyond the usual “hello” and “thank you” and “where’s the bathroom”."
The more I travel in Asia, the more I realize how much of my days are planned around food."
Monday marked the 4th consecutive day of clashes near Preah Vihear temple,"
I've just returned to Luang Prabang from an altogether too-short foray into Laos' north..."
In my return to Rome, I knew I had no time for sightseeing. I ended up meeting Alberto, who saw on my Facebook Fan page that I would be in Rome and offered to show me around. We had terrific pasta at Taverna Romana for dinner and then wan…"
I arrived here on Tuesday and spent the week exploring the city with new and old friends. I was still on the fence about living in Chiang Mai versus Bangkok, but sometimes things fall into place so seamlessly that you’d be a fool to ignore the path…"
As a tourist, you’ll never run out of temples to see in Southeast Asia. After two years of exploring temples, from Thailand to Cambodia to China and back, nothing stands out in my memories like the crumbling ruins of Bagan. Formerly Pagan, it was f…"
In light of this week’s total lunar eclipse, I thought I would write about my trip down the Ayeyarwaddy in Burma to view a solar eclipse."
I started my last day of meetings in Paris a combination of underslept and undercaffeinated, a byproduct of tossing and turning until the wee hours of the night and then sleeping through my alarm. Racing to my first meeting I passed the unmistakable meta…"
vWith a dozen or so hotels in under 6 weeks, I thought I’d review them based upon their usefulness to a business traveler on a budget"
In the course of many months of travel, I have switched up my travel gear several times..."
Montmartre, steeped in history, immortalized in art and rising over Paris from the North, is one of the more beautiful districts of city. With the steeps stairs of Rue Foyatier tumbling down to the district below and Sacré Cœur standing guar…"
I’m not sure what I expected to find in Montevideo..."
I know I sound like a broken record, but it’s worth noting: my time in Lima was short. Very very short. However, I still managed to eat well. Very, very well. Peru, known for its crumbling ruins perched at the edge of a mountain, its alpaca clothin…"
At 2800m above sea level, Mariscal Sucre is one of the highest airports in the world."
There's a strange dichotomy inherent in travelling at breakneck speed..."
Note: Despite getting robbed and losing most of my tangible travel memories, the one memory card I found lying on the floor was a 32GB card full of my Burma and Cambodia pictures."
"Jodi Ettenberg has been sharing her travels with us - and now she needs our help"
The beauty of writing about a place after you’ve been is that looking through your pictures and your notes enables to you relive the aggregate of your experiences one more time."
The longyi is everywhere in Burma."
A full four hours at Thiri Mingalar Zay (Market) just outside of Yangon’s downtown grid, and I had yet to cross paths with another tourist."
"Hi Simon, I've actually never stayed at a hotel in Montreal, but area-wise a fun place would be near the Old Port, or off of the Latin Quarter. Jazz has a hostel on St. Denis that got a thumbs up from friends and there's also a HI-Montreal on MacKay if b…"
Giant cow? Check. Satellite dish? Check. Lifejacket store? Check..."
Unfortunately, our navigational skills were not perfect and initially we took the wrong trail up the mountain. It wasn’t until we came across an intersection a mile up that we realized we were headed in a very roundabout direction, and the 3 horses…"
My birthday tradition is to climb a mountain every year on my birthday, preferably somewhere new."
The second part of my Dominican Republic trip had us looping north, toward Puerto Plata, Cabarete beach and its grittier sister, Sosua."
During this press trip, I joked that the official DR slogan should be the Staples’ catchphrase “Yeah, we’ve got that.”"
A sampling of the pictures from our trip:"
Long time readers will know that I’ve got a small dilemma when it comes to birds:"
Tomorrow afternoon, I will be heading to Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic..."
Disconnected on re-entry to New York"
As Legal Nomads has evolved, I've gotten more and more emails from women wanting to take the plunge and travel alone..."
I also want to share stories about my visits to the Immigration Detention Centre..."
It is also important to mention a more uncomfortable side to trolling around this complex country: the actual ‘getting around’ part."
Like the flick of a switch, Bangkok has returned to normal"
"I cannot believe this is where I lived, up until Sunday."
I have now safely made it out of my area..."
From Sanskrit for "astrological passage" and signifying a move or change in the sun's sign, the festival initially began as a display of respect for one's elders and a time to start anew. It has, however, evolved into one hell of a waterfight. …"
The Perhentians have long been a popular beach destination in Malaysia, but were originally a break in the long journey between Bangkok and Malaysia ("perhentian" in Bahasa Malaysia means "stopping point"). Though the islands were sup…"
After the debauchery of Ko Phi Phi, Ko Lanta was a welcome respite and a beautiful place to plant ourselves for a few days. While a lot of tourists do make it to Ko Lanta, the size of the island and the absence of set "tourist area"…"
A few days into my stay, the real reason for my visit began: the annual Kachin State Fair, or Manau. Coinciding with the Kachin State Day on January 10, the festival has been celebrated with increased tension in recent years (and given recent events…"