Conferences, A New Site Design and Summer Plans

It’s amazing how fast time flies. When I set out for Asia this January, I was slightly panicked at the soonness with which I’d be heading back to North America. January to June is little time at all, and less than my usual trips abroad. But I’ve got an exciting summer, an excellent contrast to all that I lived back in Asia this winter and spring. For starters, I’m in Seattle. And it’s cold, and it’s hard to talk to people because you genuinely feel like you’re that person, always referring back to your travels. Granted, travel is my gauging point, the one constant in my life the last three years.But only a very small subset of people care deeply about pad pongali or Penang Curry, especially when you’re waxing poetic about a dish you recently had that cost all of $1.05.

Penang CurryMy last days in Bangkok involved food. Lots and lots of food.

I wanted to send out a small update about the next few weeks as posting will be light due to conferences and general moving around. Some exciting things:

Legal Nomads is going to have a whole new look in just a few days.

Thanks to the synchronicity of meeting superstar design/coding team Bridgid and Brian in Chiang Mai I went ahead with a redesign I’ve been dreaming about for quite some time. The color scheme will be saffron, deep blue and black/gray with an emphasis on photography and cleaner lines. I’ve enjoyed the ease of this Arras theme, but it’s too boxy for my tastes.

When I tried to figure out the color scheme, I found this great fractal art and it has all of the shades I had in mind for the new site:

Fractal Art in Shades of Blue and Saffron

I’ll be giving my first public speech (other than in high school – does that count?) at the World Domination Summit this Saturday.

I’m very thankful Chris asked me to speak, but have to say – more than slightly nervous. I’m also really looking forward to meeting all the people in attendance, as well as the other panelists.  The conference is about living life unconventionally and I’m excited to hear what the keynote speakers have to say.

Next up, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and NY

I’ll be headed to Vancouver for the Travel Blog Exchange Conference next weekend, then back to the east coast for family reunions, weddings and a summer of seeing all the people I’ve missed during these last months of travel. And eating lots of sharp cheddar cheese. I’ll be around Montreal, Toronto and NY for most of the summer months.

CORRECTION: my brother has rightfully pointed out, below, that I will be in Ottawa with him and his friends for Canada Day. Sorry Cale!

And then, who knows!

Plenty of great opportunities and places to live. As always, you’ll hear about it on Legal Nomads when I figure out what’s next. In the interim, I’ll be posting quite a bit more from Jordan this summer, as well as needed food roundups from Thailand and sights from Laos.

Thanks, as always, for reading!

-Jodi