Housekeeping Notes: Upcoming Events & Summer Plans

Jodi Ettenberg Wadi Rum

A very brief housekeeping post for upcoming events and a recent podcast about HCMC.

Summer meetups and events

I’ve never posted these before but since I’m moving around like a chicken with my head cut off this summer, I figured perhaps it would be good to have these in one place. As always, I love to meet readers as I travel and the summer meetups in Montreal and Toronto have been thus far great fun.


  • July 3rd at Hop Leaf in Andersonville, 7pm. RSVP here


  • If any readers are going to WDS, I’ll be speaking with Steve Kamb about community building on Sunday, 2:00pm-3:30pm.

New York

Hope to see you at one of the events above.

Fall Plans

After that, I suspect another Montreal meetup in August, and then I’ll be heading to India with my mum for a few weeks in September. It’s going to be quite a treat to get travel time with her! We’re following up our India trip with a week in Bangkok (foot massages and street food awaits).

While I miss Asia tremendously (and Vietnam specifically), I’ll be heading to Costa Rica in November to officiate my best friend’s wedding, and I’m thinking a month of taco-eating in Mexico thereafter before returning to Montreal for the holidays. After that, it’s back to Vietnam for me, wee!

On Next Steps and the Five Year Post

Thank you for all of the wonderful comments and enthusiasm on my post about five years of travel. I was overwhelmed by the cheerleading, and am grateful for all of the feedback you gave me.

People have asked about the food tours and my next steps. I still plan to start up the Jodi Eats tours and will do so as a test case in Bangkok the week of October 13-22, and then in Vietnam when I return in January. I’ve had a great time building the site thus far, but at present it’s full of placeholders so it’s not ready to be shared. I won’t be writing a blog on it –  just food resources (like these), a list of upcoming tours, and what the tours are about.

The gluten free site is also in the works, and if anyone has GF places they’ve tried on their travels or sites they love please do send them my way to

The site will launch as a database and resource, with an aim to eventually bring in experts to help answer questions for domestic and international travel with celiac disease. As someone who has glutened myself inadvertently many times around the world, I am sensitive to the need to understand what foods are safe and what are not, especially if the labels are in a foreign language. I’ll be partnering with my friend Andrea for this site. She is also celiac and loves food more than anyone.

Google Reader is Going Kaput

For those of you who read this on Google Reader, a reminder that the GOOG is removing the service as of July 1st. To export your data and Reader feeds, use Google Takeout – – and download to your computer. Or, import them directly to an alternative like Feedly. Digg is also launching its own reader (currently in Beta) here.

Podcast: HCMC

Taking advantage of this housekeeping note to post this Amateur Traveler Episode (“Travel to Ho Chi Minh City”) – a podcast with Chris2x about living and eating in Vietnam.

(See the Press/PR page for other podcasts.)

Back to regularly scheduled programming soon!



22 thoughts on “Housekeeping Notes: Upcoming Events & Summer Plans”

  1. A wonderful year awaits! It’s my dream to one day travel with my mom, somewhere new and challenging, so I wish you the best! I must say it’s eerie how much you look like her, yikes!!

    1. Thanks Caro! When I was in high school, she would go for parent-teacher interviews and the teachers would take a look at her and without her saying a word they’d say “oh you’re Jodi’s mum!” It’s true, we look so much alike. It will be fun to take her to Bangkok with me. After living there for quite some time, friends and the street food vendors will probably get a kick out of the resemblance :)

  2. I have followed your blogg for a couple of months and i just want to say that you are amazing, who have traveled for so long and have done so much. I have myself travel for 1 year and are staring my new adventures in one month, are going to South america. I wondering if you have any advice for me, have you been there? Best regards Erika

  3. I’m considering doing a couple of weeks in Central America or maybe Mexico in late fall. I was in Costa Rica last year and part of me would really love to go back but the rest of me wants to see somewhere new and Mexico keeps pulling me in with tacos and guacamole. Do you have an area you’re considering or would recommend?

    1. I’ve not thought about it yet, to be honest! I haven’t been other than for a few days for work, so I’m not a good bet for this kind of advice. Will let you know once I figure it out! :)

  4. I’m coincidentally coming up to NYC early on 7/10 to hang with a friend for a week and should be able to make it to your reading, it would be great to meet you! If not then hopefully a food tour in Bangkok. Best of luck with your future plans for the rest of the year Jodi!

  5. Can you confirm the date for the Restless leg reading series? You website says July 10th but the other site says July 11th.

  6. Awww I LOVE that photo of you and your mum! Enjoy these travels and meet-ups, Jodi. It sounds like a summer of feeling alive, which is exactly what I am experiencing. I forgot how much I love field work and living at the site where my work is taking place. I think of you every time I order a delicious soup… Hugs from Colombia!

  7. Nick (theboywander)

    I’ve always really wanted to travel with dad and am constantly chipping away at dragging him to India next February. Looking forward to seeing what you have to say about the food in India

  8. It’s such a toss up – SE Asia vs Central America/Mexico. Both parts of the world are attracting similar “digital nomads” (if I may use that term to describe you). In any case, looks like you have an action packed year ahead!

  9. Manuel Antonio

    Please come to visit us in Costa Rica when you have time. We have plenty of wildlife and clean nature to offer.

  10. This doesn’t have much to do with the post specifically, but I just wanted to say I absolutely adore you and your blog!

  11. Ahhh Jodi, you make me miss Vietnam.

    Mexico does sound pretty exciting too though – can’t wait to move through central and south america in 2014.

    Keep up the good spirits and have fun in India with you mom :)

  12. Wow, I’m actually in Bangkok at the same time as you (by one day)!

    I’m a long time lurker, and I love your blog – as someone addicted to good food and longing to travel I end up salivating over your posts for more reasons than one.

    I’m about to leave on my first big trip abroad – Mongolia for a month, then a month in Vietnam and Thailand followed by 2 months volunteering in Kenya with the Maasai. It’s not the year-long dream, but it makes the most of the time before I start working and gives me a way to dip my toes into it all. Depart in 4 days and feeling very nervous/excited right now!

    Anyway, *are* you doing a food tour in Bangkok on the 13th? I leave in the evening (9pm) but if I could I’d love to sign on to that tour for the day (or half day or whatever you were thinking). It would be great to meet you and hear your stories, as well as learn about and sample delicious street food :D

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