Julie L. Kessler
lawyer traveler writer


Travel to the Kingdom of Bhutan and to Sri Lanka

Dec. 17, 2018

This radio show where I was the guest discussing travel to Bhutan and Sri Lanka first aired on American Forces Radio. Sit back and travel with me for 20 minutes.

tagged: Bhutan, Sri Lanka

Signs of Wisdom

Jun. 27, 2018

My story "Signs of Wisdom" on driving in the Kingdom of Bhutan appears in the July/August 2018 edition of Westways Magazine. It was embellished with terrific illustrations by the talented Steven Salerno.

tagged: Bhutan, driving in Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan

Jul. 23, 2017

My front page feature story on travel in Bhutan in today's edition of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Sunday Travel Section. It is a travel experience like no other.

tagged: Bhutan, Punakha, Thimphu, Tiger's Nest, Paro,

Gross National Happiness in the Kingdom of Bhutan

Apr. 30, 2017

My article on traveling in Bhutan appeared in yesterday's edition of The Asia Times. Such a tiny, interesting country in the Himalayas from which we in the west have much to learn.

tagged: Gross National Happiness, Bhutan, South Asia, Tiger's Nest, Thimphu,

A look into the Kingdom of Bhutan's Supreme Court

Apr. 25, 2017

In today's edition of The Asia Times is my article covering my interview earlier this month with Bhutan's Supreme Court Chief Justice, Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuck. Our meeting in his chambers in Bhutan's capital of Thimphu was lengthy as CJ Wangchuck was generous both with his time and his spirit. And from the small world chronicles, I learned shortly before our meeting that CJ Wangchuck received his LLM degree from my alma mater, George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. A small world indeed. 

tagged: Bhutan, Constitutional monarchy, Chief Justice Lyponpo Tshering Wangchuck, Buddhism,

In the Kingdom of Bhutan

Apr. 18, 2017

Right near the top of cliff-side Taktsang, the sacred monastic site also known as Tiger's Nest, near Paro in the Kingdom of Bhutan. 

tagged: Taktsang, Tiger's Nest, Bhutan

Off to the Kingdom of Bhutan

Mar. 21, 2017

Heading out shortly to the Kingdom of Bhutan to interview Bhutan Supreme Court Chief Justice Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuk which story will appear in The Asia Times. After the interview was scheduled and I was reading CJ Wangchuk's  CV, I learned that he received his LLM degree from my alma mater, George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. A very, very small world indeed. 


I will also have the pleasure of meeting "Married to Bhutan" author, Linda Leaming, a Nashville, TN native, resident in Bhutan, and yes married to Bhutan. For non-fiction lovers, whether jet setters or armchair travelers, "Married to Bhutan" is an wonderful read, as is Leaming's second book, "A Field Guide to Happiness."


While in Bhutan, known for its "Gross National Happiness" quotient, a concept written into its Constitution, I will also be writing travel stories which will appear in various media outlets. Stay tuned.

tagged: Bhutan, Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuk, Linda Leaming, Married to Bhutan,