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  • Lisa Ellen Niver's first three articles on USA Today

    WSGT: One Quarter MILLION on YouTube

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    We Said Go Travel on YouTube is at 249,266 views nearly ONE QUARTER MILLION VIEWS!  There are currently 498 subscribers. Will you be #500? Enjoy my next Instagram photo essays in the Jewish Journal:     My experiences at Taste of Los Angeles     Dining at Bourbon Steakhouse in Glendale     The media preview night at The NICE GUY  My bio is […]

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    Freedom to Practice in Rome, Italy

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Although her eyes are full of tears, my mother smiles, waving me on and mouthing, Go!, as I walk away from them and into the security line. I really don’t know how to feel about a year studying abroad in Spain. Excitement, anxiety, uncertainty and a sense of disbelief all jump around in my stomach. […]

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    #MinaMoments: Bourbon Steakhouse in Glendale

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    I was excited to be invited to Bourbon Steakhouse in Glendale which opened only five months ago. Chef Michael Mina and his collection of fine restaurants have won so many awards; I could not wait to see what it would be like. I enjoyed starting the evening with the special bubbly from White Horse which […]

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    History’s Tribute To Freedom in the USA

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    History’s Tribute To Freedom in the USA My first morning in Gettysburg began with the boom of thunder overhead, and the patter of rain on tent canvas. As I stuffed my belongings into the back of the car, I could see the fronts colliding across the sky; the forces of hot and cold engaged in […]

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    Wishing upon a star in Iran

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    ‘Where will you be at the end of your trip?’ ‘If everything goes as planned, I’ll be watching the sun set over glorious Palangan.’ These were my thoughts two days before heading to Iran. I had shared them with one of my closest friends. I knew that I had a long way to go and […]

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    My tryst with independence in India

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    For as long as i can remember, I have been an independent soul. My father, a fiercely independent man himself, always tried to instill the sense of independence from when I was little. He would explain the small things in life that made us independent – read your own books – it’s the biggest joy […]

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    #TasteLA: Enjoying Field to Fork 2014

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    Thank you to the Los Angeles Times for inviting me to enjoy the Taste of Los Angeles 2014 as a member of the media. It is  “A FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL THAT’S AUTHENTICALLY L.A.” I went to Field to Fork on Saturday morning which was hosted by Russ Parsons & Nancy Silverton. “Indulge in the bounty of California with […]

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    In Transit in Croatia

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    I’ve always loved liminal places – hotel rooms, airport terminals… The generic in-betweenness of them is non-threatening, like a closed door that excuses you from worrying, because you can’t see what’s on the other side. Those in-between places liberate you from commitment to before and after. They are a kind of purgatory, a space to […]

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    Rural Relaxation in Malawi

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    My bones creaked and my body yelped in pain as I rolled over and reached for my phone, but instead of the ghostly display satisfying my desire to know the exact hour at all times of day and night, I found only an inanimate piece of plastic. I then remembered, with the aid of the […]

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    On Motorbikes and Saviors in Thailand

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    There are 762 curves on the highway between Chiang Mai and Pai, Thailand, according to the postcards and stickers plastering walls of tourist shops in the sleepy valley town. Minibuses service the area daily, but as every backpacker worth his baggy fisherman pants will tell you, the best way to enjoy these hills is on […]

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Sep
2

Freedom to Practice in Rome, Italy

Although her eyes are full of tears, my mother smiles, waving me on and mouthing, Go!, as I walk away from them and into the security line. I really don’t know how to feel about a year studying abroad in Spain. Excitement, anxiety, uncertainty and a sense of disbelief all jump around in my stomach. […]

Read More
2014-07-15_53c47e22525f0_CIMG0064.jpg
Sep
2

History’s Tribute To Freedom in the USA

History’s Tribute To Freedom in the USA My first morning in Gettysburg began with the boom of thunder overhead, and the patter of rain on tent canvas. As I stuffed my belongings into the back of the car, I could see the fronts colliding across the sky; the forces of hot and cold engaged in […]

Read More
2014-07-14_53c3ff7672f33__MBA9279_mic.jpg
Sep
1

Wishing upon a star in Iran

‘Where will you be at the end of your trip?’ ‘If everything goes as planned, I’ll be watching the sun set over glorious Palangan.’ These were my thoughts two days before heading to Iran. I had shared them with one of my closest friends. I knew that I had a long way to go and […]

Read More
2014-07-08_53bbe5edb8ab7_DSC_0719.JPG
Sep
1

My tryst with independence in India

For as long as i can remember, I have been an independent soul. My father, a fiercely independent man himself, always tried to instill the sense of independence from when I was little. He would explain the small things in life that made us independent – read your own books – it’s the biggest joy […]

Read More
2014-07-10_53bf0985443ee_intransit.jpg
Aug
31

In Transit in Croatia

I’ve always loved liminal places – hotel rooms, airport terminals… The generic in-betweenness of them is non-threatening, like a closed door that excuses you from worrying, because you can’t see what’s on the other side. Those in-between places liberate you from commitment to before and after. They are a kind of purgatory, a space to […]

Read More
2014-07-10_53be765ea3bbf_pic1.jpg
Aug
31

Rural Relaxation in Malawi

My bones creaked and my body yelped in pain as I rolled over and reached for my phone, but instead of the ghostly display satisfying my desire to know the exact hour at all times of day and night, I found only an inanimate piece of plastic. I then remembered, with the aid of the […]

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They Said

Lisa Ellen Niver's first three articles on USA Today
Sep
2

WSGT: One Quarter MILLION on YouTube

We Said Go Travel on YouTube is at 249,266 views nearly ONE QUARTER MILLION VIEWS!  There are currently 498 subscribers. Will you be #500? Enjoy my next Instagram photo essays in the Jewish Journal:     My experiences at Taste of Los Angeles     Dining at Bourbon Steakhouse in Glendale     The media preview night at The NICE GUY  My bio is […]

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bourbon steakhouse, lisa ellen niver,  laura betsy
Sep
2

#MinaMoments: Bourbon Steakhouse in Glendale

I was excited to be invited to Bourbon Steakhouse in Glendale which opened only five months ago. Chef Michael Mina and his collection of fine restaurants have won so many awards; I could not wait to see what it would be like. I enjoyed starting the evening with the special bubbly from White Horse which […]

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Lisa Ellen Niver
Aug
31

#TasteLA: Enjoying Field to Fork 2014

Thank you to the Los Angeles Times for inviting me to enjoy the Taste of Los Angeles 2014 as a member of the media. It is  “A FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL THAT’S AUTHENTICALLY L.A.” I went to Field to Fork on Saturday morning which was hosted by Russ Parsons & Nancy Silverton. “Indulge in the bounty of California with […]

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london
Aug
26

Perfect Autumn City Break: London

As a budget traveler, ever since my very first independent trip, I’ve started to learn how to keep my costs down while still affording to travel. I’ve been traveling since I was in University and at that time my only source of money was the freelance work I would do (translations and ghost-writing). Shoulder season […]

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We Said

Lisa Ellen Niver's first three articles on USA Today
Sep
2

WSGT: One Quarter MILLION on YouTube

We Said Go Travel on YouTube is at 249,266 views nearly ONE QUARTER MILLION VIEWS!  There are currently 498 subscribers. Will you be #500? Enjoy my next Instagram photo essays in the Jewish Journal:     My experiences at Taste of Los Angeles     Dining at Bourbon Steakhouse in Glendale     The media preview night at The NICE GUY  My bio is […]

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bourbon steakhouse, lisa ellen niver,  laura betsy
Sep
2

#MinaMoments: Bourbon Steakhouse in Glendale

I was excited to be invited to Bourbon Steakhouse in Glendale which opened only five months ago. Chef Michael Mina and his collection of fine restaurants have won so many awards; I could not wait to see what it would be like. I enjoyed starting the evening with the special bubbly from White Horse which […]

Read More
Lisa Ellen Niver
Aug
31

#TasteLA: Enjoying Field to Fork 2014

Thank you to the Los Angeles Times for inviting me to enjoy the Taste of Los Angeles 2014 as a member of the media. It is  “A FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL THAT’S AUTHENTICALLY L.A.” I went to Field to Fork on Saturday morning which was hosted by Russ Parsons & Nancy Silverton. “Indulge in the bounty of California with […]

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lisa katie at nice guy HRD
Aug
22

Hollywood: The NICE GUY is OPEN!

What is The NICE GUY? The latest bar lounge hybrid experience from John Tezian, Brian Toll, Markus Molinari and Adam Koral of The h.wood Group. John Terzian says, “This is [The h.wood group's] first venture into a restaurant/lounge concept, it was an organic step for our brand, we created a fun and upscale lounge atmosphere […]

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