I’m Jen, a 40-something living in St. Louis. I’m a midwesterner by birth, a global citizen by choice.

I didn’t grow up traveling but was hooked after a trip to New York City in my undergrad years to see a then boyfriend. When I was in grad school, I actually had a boyfriend start an argument with me because, as he said, “you love New York more than you love me.”

I didn’t think much about it at the time (other than the fact that I needed to get out of that relationship), but he was definitely on to something.

Traveling does not solely define me as a person, but the lessons I have learned from being abroad greatly affect how I live my life on a day-to-day basis.

Two of my favorite things: coffee and Colombia.

I’ve realized that I don’t need a lot to be happy, and I’d much rather spend my money on experiences than material objects, so I live quite minimally.

I’m genuinely curious and love learning about people, different cultures, art, music, etc. This has led me through five degrees (two bachelor’s, two master’s, and a Ph.D.), over 40 countries, and too many books to count. One of my favorite aspects of writing is interviewing people and hearing their stories.

I worked hard to land a tenure-track academic position, only to realize that I didn’t love the work. The schedule was great, as were the students, but I wanted more freedom in my writing.

My dissertation research on girls’ education in India ignited a passion in me for global and local social issues.

My kids, Emma and Oliver, in Guatemala.

I’m a single parent.

I drink too much coffee and love hanging out at coffee shops.

I have eclectic tastes ranging from opera to Bob Marley, high end art galleries to hole-in-the-wall pubs.

I wish I took better photos.

I’m naturally a happy person and really try to live each day to the fullest.

I’m trying to learn Spanish (futile attempt).

I love Indian food.

Mexico City is my new favorite city (Paris, being my other).

Yellow Scarf and a Suitcase is where I chronicle my travels, my attempts to live more intentionally, and my quest to become location independent.

Follow along. I promise it’ll be an adventure.

– j

Attempting to learn the horon with Turkish students at their high school graduation.


You can find me on: 

Instagram @jenroberts.writer

Twitter @jenroberts04

Send email to jenroberts.writer@gmail.com to say hi. 




6 thoughts on “About”

  • Amelie is a great movie, one I watch over and over. I love your blog – such a clever idea. I’m an English teacher, so I love that your reading or rereading all the classics, many of which I have never read. Best of luck on your project; I’ll be keeping tabs on you through your blog. Best!

  • I’m nominating you for the Blogger Recognition Award! Congrats! 🙂 My post will go live tomorrow (July 31st, 9pm IST) at unchartedcourseofvision.wordpress.com. All the guidelines will be posted at the bottom of the post. Congrats again!

  • Hi Jen!
    We saw that you visited china only once  If you come across with the opportunity to visit this old Portuguese colony named Macau let us know! We would love to show U around.

    • Thanks for the message. I spent time Macau when I was in Hong Kong back in 2010. Is that where you live? It is such a cool place.

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