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India: Guests at a Wedding in Travel Longer Magazine

Thank you to Travel Longer Magazine – The World’s Premier Extended Travel & Photography Magazine for including our article about India, “Guests are like Gods at an Indian Wedding,” in their magazine!

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The article begins: Being raised in Los Angeles, California, I always knew that dreams could come true, at least in the movies. At times I have to pinch myself, realizing that my own personal fairy tale has come true by meeting George online, quitting our jobs to travel for a year, and getting engaged underwater. Imagine my surprise to suddenly witness a scene that I thought could only happen on film in the beach town of Puri, Odisha, in Eastern India.This area is known as one of the poorest sections of India with the lowest literacy rates; however, none of that matters during wedding season. No costs are spared during these multi-day extravaganzas. One night, we heard a marching band performing live down below our balcony. Wandering down a side street to investigate, we wondered, “Is this the Sea Beach festival?” We were told that there would be classical and folk dancing as well as late night and early morning fire works.The band carried a large gold banner and wore golden shirts and matching hats rimmed with red decor. Then we saw him, decked out like a Disney dream on steroids, a groom resplendent in a white wedding suit perched upon a jeweled white horse. Had we just stepped onto the set of a Bollywood film? No, this was reality. The music and the groom perched upon the horse with tears in his eyes were genuine. The groom turned and saw us taking his photo; we said, “Congratulations!” and he waved

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Lisa Ellen Niver, MA is a teacher, traveler, author, speaker and social media ninja who has traveled to over 100 countries and six continents. She is a frequent author in the Huffington Post, USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, National Geographic, The Jewish Journal among many other publications. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel, a global online community of over 1400 writers with articles from every continent. As a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, she received commendations from US Senator Barbara Boxer as well as Fran Pavley, Holly Mitchell, Eric Garcetti from California State Senate, and Assembly, and the Los Angeles City Council. She founded in 2009 the Los Angeles Science Teachers Network with teachers participating from over 70 schools, runs the Science Isn't Scary website and operated the Simply Science camp. She was featured on KTLA National TV on the program Career Day, a show that shares great careers for teens and was invited to speak as an expert on three different radio programs about global citizens, international education and the PISA test. She holds MA. and M.Ed degrees in education and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania. She is certified in California single and multiple subjects. She is currently working on the new Nickelodeon television show, Bella and the Bulldogs.

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  1. what a FUN article – and time! talk about an experience of a lifetime – how special to be included! thanks for sharing. :)
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