Legal Nomads

Hi. I’m Jodi Ettenberg. Welcome to Legal Nomads.

This is my vaguely chronological account of living and eating my way around the world.


In 2008, I quit my job as a lawyer and took off to travel for what I thought would be a year. I had saved up working at a law firm, and I wanted a place to post photos and share crazy stories so that my friends and family could follow along from afar. Legal Nomads was born.

Along the way, I realized I did not want to return to the law. Instead, I kept traveling to the places that left me wide-eyed and smiling. I found myself deeply addicted to noodle soup. I met wonderful people who taught me about countries they love.

Over 8 years later, Legal Nomads remains a place to tell stories. During those years, the site has morphed into a business, with hand-drawn maps of food and courses about storytelling. It has won numerous awards for writing and photography, and been featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, BBC Travel, and more.

My aim is to share stories that encourage learning through food, and build longform resources to help make that learning easier. I hope you enjoy the site.

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