Cecilia Jen
Cecilia Jen
Cecilia Jen

The Taj Mahal

Like most people, the Taj Mahal has been an item on my bucket list for practically my whole life.  The tricky thing with bucket lists in the current travel climate (basically, selfies and Instagram are ruining travel, but that’s for another time and another post) is they can actually be more disappointing rather than exhilarating.  For example, almost a decade …

Our Russian Ballet Experience

When I was a kid, (almost) every Christmas season, my mom and I would get dressed up and head to the Atlanta Civic Center for the Atlanta Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker.  It was a tradition that I loved so much that when I moved to New York, once I could afford it, I would treat myself to a similar …

One Year In – What I Have Learned

A few days ago, on April 24th, Jesse and I celebrated one year since the start of our adventure.  Taking time off work and traveling long term was something I have considered numerous times. I did a brief, month-long stint around Australia after grad school; thought about doing a year when I turned 30, but never quite had the guts …

Christmas in Chiang Mai

Christmas, for me, has always been about family.  In my 37 years on this earth, there has not been a single Christmas spent without at least one of my parents and a gaggle of aunts and uncles.  Knowing that this Christmas, with my family on the other side of the world, would be difficult, I set out to make it …

Birthday on a Boat

Unlike Jesse, I LOOOOVE celebrating my birthday.  I have even been known, from time to time, to celebrate a birthday month.  I blame this on having to share the glory with Thanksgiving. Because of the national holiday (one of my favorites, let it be known) friends are often not around to help me celebrate and it ends up being a …

Vietnam vô địch!

There’s something to be said about seeing a country come alive with pride and joy as it successfully moves through an international sporting competition.  It’s why I’ve always loved the Olympics, and why I love walking the streets during the World Cup. And such was the situation we found ourselves in during our month in Vietnam.  Every now and then, …

Changsha and the Kai Wu School

Kai Wu School Logo

Originally, Jesse and I had planned to leave China after roughly 30 days (motivated by the initial impression that our visa would limit us to such a timeline), but a few factors changed along the way.  First, we discovered that our 10-year multi-entry visa allowed visits of up to 60 days.  Secondly, I found out that my father, along with …

Strangers on a Train

When we first started talking about taking the Trans-Siberian Railway as a means to get from Moscow to Beijing, images of a steam plumes chugging from the locomotive while gliding through the Urals popped into my mind.  I had visions of eating in a tastefully decorated dining car while eating thoughtfully prepared Russian meals mixed with the idea of gathering …