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    Spain: The moment I met… me

    Sunday, January 25, 2015

    I was in a ferry from Ibiza to Formentera and I couldn’t look up at the sky. Every time I saw an airplane, I felt a big lump in my stomach. I knew the next day I had to go back to Bucharest. Back to my two-years job, back to my comfort zone. I was 24 […]

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    Space Race in the USA

    Sunday, January 25, 2015

    It’s 7 o’clock and as I leave the house the dawn-lit eastern face of the Sierra Nevada mountains looms above me.  A wide path through golden browns of brittle sages leads me to my first stop, a small abandoned bungalow, and then on to a small workshop filled with barely used tools and unfinished projects—all […]

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    Solo in the Sierras, USA

    Saturday, January 24, 2015

    My headlamp swings like a pendulum, hanging from a carabiner clipped to the top of my tent, casting a cone of light on the void of space next to my sleeping bag—the naked nylon of the tent floor reminding me of one thing—this time, I am alone. I had been crafting the ten day Sierra […]

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    The Cave at the End of the Tunnel in Saudi Arabia

    Saturday, January 24, 2015

    Saudi Arabia is not the first place one thinks of when asked what place represents gratitude, especially if one is a woman. I moved to Khobar, a large, industrial city in the Eastern Province of this controversial Kingdom, over a month ago to teach female students English as a Second Language in the Preparatory Department […]

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    Dear Mt. Fuji

    Saturday, January 24, 2015

    Dear Mt. Fuji, I first saw you during the first sunset of 2011—fierce, beautiful. On New Year’s Day, my friend and I walked into the Yokohama Sheraton Hotel and took the elevator to the top floor to see the city stretched below. Beyond the city lights you stood, a symmetrical cone framed by an apricot […]

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    Self Discovery in Nigeria

    Friday, January 23, 2015

    SELF DISCOVERY Gratitude according to oxford dictionary is the feeling of being grateful and wanting to express your thanks. Gratitude won’t occur if there was no first occurrence of gratification-The state of feeling pleasure when something goes well for you or when your desires are satisfied. It is that pleasure from a satisfied desire that […]

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    Ascension and green turtles in the Atlantic Ocean

    Friday, January 23, 2015

      To the east of Georgetown, Long Beach appears to be a miniature Somme. It’s as though war games have been played out by an old general. I can picture him, a handlebar moustache, liver-spotted hands moving figures here and there. The wasted eggs of green turtles akin to dead men. Broken shells scavenged away […]

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    Jökulsárlón, Iceland

    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    Jökulsárlón Christina van Deventer When I first came to Iceland I had barely entered adulthood. I was young, unemployed and scared to death of the gaping hole that was where my future was supposed to be. Thus far, everything had been pretty much pre-ordained. I would go to school, have certain kinds of friends and […]

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    Embracing Chaos in Jakarta, Indonesia

    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    It was a familiar sensation – the stroke of humidity, the potent smell of car engines and sights of families sitting on the floor, talking and laughing with one another. Arriving at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport always engenders two contrasting feelings – a sense of belonging to and detachment from the culture that is my roots. […]

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    The Road Less Travelled in Nigeria

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    The Road Less Travelled I spent 4 years in Nsukka, a small town located in the Eastern part of Nigeria- Enugu State to be precise. I won’t forget the time I spent there in my lifetime- the rich brick red sand, the soft green hills, the everyday sight of elderly women riding motorcycles and of […]

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Jan
25

Spain: The moment I met… me

I was in a ferry from Ibiza to Formentera and I couldn’t look up at the sky. Every time I saw an airplane, I felt a big lump in my stomach. I knew the next day I had to go back to Bucharest. Back to my two-years job, back to my comfort zone. I was 24 […]

Read More
2014-11-28_5477f62299867_donkeys5.jpg
Jan
25

Space Race in the USA

It’s 7 o’clock and as I leave the house the dawn-lit eastern face of the Sierra Nevada mountains looms above me.  A wide path through golden browns of brittle sages leads me to my first stop, a small abandoned bungalow, and then on to a small workshop filled with barely used tools and unfinished projects—all […]

Read More
2014-11-28_54780cdbc06ea_Sierras.jpg
Jan
24

Solo in the Sierras, USA

My headlamp swings like a pendulum, hanging from a carabiner clipped to the top of my tent, casting a cone of light on the void of space next to my sleeping bag—the naked nylon of the tent floor reminding me of one thing—this time, I am alone. I had been crafting the ten day Sierra […]

Read More
2014-11-28_54782538079c9_IMG_2055.JPG
Jan
24

The Cave at the End of the Tunnel in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is not the first place one thinks of when asked what place represents gratitude, especially if one is a woman. I moved to Khobar, a large, industrial city in the Eastern Province of this controversial Kingdom, over a month ago to teach female students English as a Second Language in the Preparatory Department […]

Read More
2014-11-29_547a509690090_DSCI3616.jpg
Jan
24

Dear Mt. Fuji

Dear Mt. Fuji, I first saw you during the first sunset of 2011—fierce, beautiful. On New Year’s Day, my friend and I walked into the Yokohama Sheraton Hotel and took the elevator to the top floor to see the city stretched below. Beyond the city lights you stood, a symmetrical cone framed by an apricot […]

Read More
2014-11-27_54775b72e394a_GRATITUDEP.jpg
Jan
23

Self Discovery in Nigeria

SELF DISCOVERY Gratitude according to oxford dictionary is the feeling of being grateful and wanting to express your thanks. Gratitude won’t occur if there was no first occurrence of gratification-The state of feeling pleasure when something goes well for you or when your desires are satisfied. It is that pleasure from a satisfied desire that […]

Read More

They Said

Jan 20 2015 9am 11 Million impressions keyhole
Jan
20

11 Million Impressions: #LuxeExperience

Thank you to everyone who shared, tweeted, retweeted and commented on my #LuxeExperience articles, videos and instagram photos. Thank you to Luxe Hotels for hosting me and to The We Said Go Travel Global Alliance for the team work. On January 14, 2015 9amPST, the hashtag #Luxe Experience had a rating of “zero.” This morning […]

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dessert Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel Beverly Hills
Jan
19

Delicious Dining On Rodeo Drive: #LuxeExperience

Delicious Dining On Rodeo Drive: #LuxeExperience Dining on Rodeo Drive was FANTASTIC! The food was amazing and the atmosphere was superb! After dinner, it is a short stroll to Spaghettini and the Dave Koz Lounge. Gerald Albright was incredible and watching him Dave Koz and Marcus Miller was outstanding. Surprises happen in Beverly Hills. Be […]

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luxe rodeo drive hotel beverly hills lisa niver
Jan
18

A Staycation on Rodeo Drive: #LuxeExperience

Stay at the only hotel on Rodeo Drive: Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel is your place for a #LuxeExperience During my stay, the Christmas lights were wrapped around the palm trees and throngs of people were shopping on the most iconic shopping street in America. I loved discovering the parts of this hotel. You can have […]

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Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel Beverly Hills 90210 drinks
Jan
17

#LuxeExperience: Beverly Hills 90210 Drinks on Rodeo Drive

#LuxeExperience: Beverly Hills 90210 Drinks on Rodeo Drive Jesse, Dexter and the team at Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel have created specialty cocktails for your enjoyment in Beverly Hills. I got behind the bar and learned to mix the Kelly Taylor and the Brenda Walsh. Next time I am going to make a Donna Martin. The […]

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We Said

Jan 20 2015 9am 11 Million impressions keyhole
Jan
20

11 Million Impressions: #LuxeExperience

Thank you to everyone who shared, tweeted, retweeted and commented on my #LuxeExperience articles, videos and instagram photos. Thank you to Luxe Hotels for hosting me and to The We Said Go Travel Global Alliance for the team work. On January 14, 2015 9amPST, the hashtag #Luxe Experience had a rating of “zero.” This morning […]

Read More
dessert Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel Beverly Hills
Jan
19

Delicious Dining On Rodeo Drive: #LuxeExperience

Delicious Dining On Rodeo Drive: #LuxeExperience Dining on Rodeo Drive was FANTASTIC! The food was amazing and the atmosphere was superb! After dinner, it is a short stroll to Spaghettini and the Dave Koz Lounge. Gerald Albright was incredible and watching him Dave Koz and Marcus Miller was outstanding. Surprises happen in Beverly Hills. Be […]

Read More
luxe rodeo drive hotel beverly hills lisa niver
Jan
18

A Staycation on Rodeo Drive: #LuxeExperience

Stay at the only hotel on Rodeo Drive: Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel is your place for a #LuxeExperience During my stay, the Christmas lights were wrapped around the palm trees and throngs of people were shopping on the most iconic shopping street in America. I loved discovering the parts of this hotel. You can have […]

Read More
Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel Beverly Hills 90210 drinks
Jan
17

#LuxeExperience: Beverly Hills 90210 Drinks on Rodeo Drive

#LuxeExperience: Beverly Hills 90210 Drinks on Rodeo Drive Jesse, Dexter and the team at Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel have created specialty cocktails for your enjoyment in Beverly Hills. I got behind the bar and learned to mix the Kelly Taylor and the Brenda Walsh. Next time I am going to make a Donna Martin. The […]

Read More