Jessica joined the PeKu writing team in November of 2011. Since that time, she has covered many topics over a number of our publications. From technology to travel and politics to planting, she is knowledgeable about a myriad of subjects. Her articles are a great source of both information and inspiration. Want to take on a house project or purchase some new biking gear? Jessica’s articles will provide the data needed and have you excited to start a new project or journey.
Please allow me to introduce you to Jessica.
MPK: When you aren’t writing articles, what do you like to do with your free time?
JB: These days I don’t have that much free time, since I have two small kids and work, but when I do have a few minutes to myself I love to go for a run, read a good book, or go on a long hike. We also have a large dog, so thankfully I have a good excuse for going on a long hike pretty often.
MPK: Which publication is your favorite to write for?
JB: I like writing for Good Life Review because it gives me a chance to reminisce about my travels and some of the places that really had an impact on me. Also I think it is fun to inspire others to travel and try new things. But it is also a bit dangerous because I keep adding new things and places to my ‘bucket’ list!
MPK: Through your articles, it seems that you have traveled a good amount. What was the most interesting place you have visited?
JB: It is hard to pick just one, but I really loved traveling in Japan. I’ve traveled a lot in Europe and the Middle East, but Japan was my first time in Asia. I loved taking the train across the country and taking in the landscape. Also, the Japanese baths, Oansen, were really relaxing and the food was delicious. I hope to go back there sometime soon!
MPK: What is a dream destination for future travels?
JB: I would love to go to New Zealand and Australia one day, but I will have to wait until my kids are a little older since it is such a long trip. The mountains in New Zealand look like they would be amazing to hike.
MPK: You also write about gardening. Do you do much gardening at home? What will you be growing this year?
JB: I love gardening and being outdoors! I have two gardens, a small flower patch outside my house and a vegetable garden at a local co-op in town. The co-op garden is fun because it is social and I get a lot of gardening tips. This year I am working with my oldest to start a kid friendly veggie garden. We are planting carrots, radishes, beets, lettuce, potatoes and tomatoes. We will also plant some marigolds, which you can even eat!
MPK: What fun fact would our readers be surprised to learn about you?
JB: I have lived in 5 different countries and speak three different languages. It is sometimes a bit tricky moving to an entirely new country, but it is also a fun adventure! You learn a lot about your own culture while learning about others!