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12 Must-Experience Tonga Moments, Part 2

Uoleva, Tonga

Smiles are the currency of Tonga. The man with the battered boom box wore one as he swayed to a steel drum beat.  Grinning at nothing in particular, one hand held the portable machine while the other slapped out a rhythm on his thigh. “Hey prince, hey princess,” he called out to us, “welcome to paradise!” […]

12 Must-Experience Tonga Moments, Part 1

Uoleva, Tonga

Brass notes hit us before the heat, rushing loudly through the opened airplane door. “Who called out the band?” I asked my boyfriend.  Polished tubas and trumpet bells glinted under the airport floodlights.  Above the instruments, locals cheered and waved frantically from a second-story deck. Smiling graciously, I felt like a celebrity, not a tourist. […]

In Westside Today: Local Brentwood Science Teacher Does Good

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Thank you to  Amy Sommer for her article in Westside Today! I will be on NATIONAL TELEVISION on Saturday September 29 on KTLA’s Career Day. The article begins: On Saturday, September 29, 2012 KTLA’s “Career Day” will invite viewers in to science teacher Lisa Niver Rajna’s classroom and see first hand how she inspires her […]

Couples Travel Together: How do we do it?

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Our year journey in South East Asia started July 2, 2012. When we were gone for eleven months in 2008, one of the common questions was, “How can you spend so much time together?” We were recently  interviewed about Traveling as a Couple by Travelinksites: Today we have the fine pair behind the super blog […]

Turbulent Tonga Part III: “Humps and Bumps, Tonga Giveth, Tonga Taketh”

Turbulent Tonga Part III: “Humps and Bumps, Tonga Giveth, Tonga Taketh” The Lonely Planet describes Neiafu, the main town on the Vava’u Island group as “ramshackle.”  Although I somewhat agree, Neiafu has its charms.  In fact, I would describe it as quaint. Families of pigs cross the road, a large white church perches above the […]

I love Lucy! What is in your backpack?

I love Lucy clothes! Just like the ads claim they are perfectly packable.While stuck inside for a couple of days in torrential rain while cookingupstairs at Fifita’s guesthouse in Pangai, Ha’apai, Tonga, Dwight asked me “Whois Lucy? And why is her name onall your clothes?”  It is true nearly everything in my backpack is from […]

Turbulent Tonga Part II: “Toni’s Guesthouse Tour”

Turbulent Tonga Part II: “Toni’s Guesthouse Tour” The Ukranian Dracula lady, had just finished assaulting Jackie when we arrived at 10:00am.  Dracula had mistook the poor Brit for my wife Lisa, who simply “wouldn’t open the damn window” of the van when we arrived last night.  The Ukrainian scowled at Lisa but didn’t dare approach her while […]

Creating Wonder-Inspired by Nature

By Lisa Niver Rajna   Teaching your kids to love nature. “I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die Discover that I […]

Turbulent Tonga

After three glorious weeks on the beautiful islands of Samoa, we boarded the two hour Air Pacific flight from Apia to Nadi in Fiji, the most convenient access point for Tonga. We noticed there that the onward flight from Nadi to Nukalofa, Tongatapu was likely delayed and could not seem to get any accurate information […]