I’m Jess - an American who has been temporarily and happily displaced to Bangkok, Thailand.
In Bangkok I work, travel, cook, write, and hang out with my husband, Frank.
I am originally from Kansas, where I grew up on barbeque and sweet corn, and knew exactly what to do when the tornado sirens sounded. I am the oldest of five siblings. After 18 years in the Midwest, I packed myself up and moved to Virginia to spend four years at James Madison University (JMU).
After college, I spent a year in Romania, volunteering at a children’s home where I taught English to 14 amazing kiddos. During that year, I was traveling with friends and emailed a fellow JMU graduate who was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria. Frank snuck away from his mountain town long enough to show me around for a weekend in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Two years later, Frank and I had both moved to Washington D.C. and began seeing one another thanks to our many mutual friends.
It didn’t take long before Frank and I went on our first date, to a Washington Nationals baseball game. Once we started talking, we had so much to say that we missed most of the game. (We’ve barely stopped to catch our breath since.)
Moving to Bangkok
In June 2010, Frank and I were married in Kansas City, surrounded by friends and family from every corner of the country, and several friends that traveled all the way from Bulgaria to join us!
Just a few months later, Frank was offered a job in Thailand. I had been working at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C., and Frank and I had just moved into a new apartment, but we were excited at the prospect of exploring a new place. We packed up our things, said farewell to friends and family, and within weeks, we were settled amidst the palm trees and traffic of tropical Bangkok.
While Frank jumped right into work when we arrived, I had 9 months off before I started working. In those early months, I did a lot of cooking, learned to navigate Bangkok via public transportation, renewed my love of yoga, struggled through Thai language classes, and tried my darndest to learn about Thai cuisine.
I also started this blog. What began on a whim to explore food and have a place to create has quickly become a beloved hobby.
In August 2011, I started a new job in Bangkok. Working full-time (while keeping me busy) has given me more motivation to write and capture this amazing experience.
Holidays. We try to celebrate both American and Thai holidays (including getting soaked with water at Thai New Year and hanging Christmas stockings despite the 100 degree heat).
Travel. We ate bugs in China, had Christmas dinner in Tokyo, and zip-lined through a jungle in Chiang Mai. It’s all here.
The Little Things. Snapshots that Frank and I take throughout the week – everything from the view from the back of a tuk-tuk, to the crowds on my morning commute, to the dinner Frank cooked over the weekend.
You can read more of my writing and see my photography in other places around the web on the Publications and Features page.
Please don’t hesitate to drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you!
- Jess -