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    A Camel Named Sky in Austria

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    My life changed the night I met a camel named Sky. We met as I led him from the trailer in which he crossed the German border, under an Austrian winter darkness blank to heat and shattered with stars. I arrived at the camel farm, in the miniscule town of Eintental, Austria, around midnight. Gerda, […]

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    USA Today: The Nest at WP24 @TheRitzCarlton

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    The Nest at WP24: Food for the Gods at The Ritz-Carlton Discover tantalizing treats with one of the best views in Los Angeles By Lisa Niver Los Angeles Local ExpertOCTOBER 28, 2014 SAVE TO MY LISTS+ In Los Angeles, your dining choices are as varied as the stars in the sky. Choose to spend your evening […]

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    In the Footsteps of the Argyll in Malaysia

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    I never knew Great Uncle Ron.  He was killed in Malaya (as it then was) in 1941, serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.  But the very mention of his name to any of the older members of the family would elicit the same response.  Verbatim.  “You would have loved, Ron.”  He had suffered from […]

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    Leaving the Comfort Behind in Thailand

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    Leaving the Comfort Behind in Thailand My Thai taxi driver and I zoomed down the highway from the airport at record breaking speeds. Passing through tollbooths so fast that if you blinked, you’d miss the exchange of money. There wasn’t much to see out the window, so I attempted a conversation with the driver. He […]

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    USA Today: Finding Peace in Parks Is Possible in Los Angeles

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    USA Today: Finding Peace in Parks Is Possible in Los Angeles PARKS 10. San Vicente Peak Photo courtesy of Mike Hume PARKS 9. Clover Park Photo courtesy of samolive.com PARKS 8. Lake Balboa Photo courtesy of chiquibaylon.net PARKS 7. Holmby Park Photo courtesy of Lisa Ellen Niver PARKS 6. Will Rogers State Historic Park Photo […]

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    Cemented Cultures in Sarajevo, Bosnia

    Monday, November 17, 2014

    I arrive in Sarajevo knowing practically nothing about it. Tired and disorientated, my friend and I joke that it must be a decent place to visit since Bosnia and Herzegovina has competed in the Eurovision. Disembarking the rickety train from Serbia, we have no map, but the name and reservation number of a hostel. Amna, […]

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    Hong Kong: Kowloon Walled City Park

    Monday, November 17, 2014

    When I first moved to Hong Kong in 1990, there was a part of the city that was off bounds. It was an ungoverned slum called the Kowloon Walled City, with layer after layer of tenement buildings so close to one another that daylight sometimes never reached the minuscule alleyways. In the center of the […]

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    Injasuthi – Hair of the Dog, South Africa

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

    Injasuthi – Hair of the Dog The wild little dog snarled and nipped at my heels as I manhandled the two-man croc into the water. Overhead the clouds growled like a large, plaintive stomach as the Injasuthi river snatched up the rafts like small, yellow treats. The well fed dog, or rather the Injasuthi, winds […]

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    USA Today: Tee’s On the Green

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

    Tee’s on the Green: Tastiest Burger in Tujunga Not only can you see the San Gabriel Mountains, but they feel close enough to touch By Lisa Niver Los Angeles Local ExpertAUGUST 22, 2014 SAVE TO MY LISTS+ Ever wondered where to wander in Los Angeles for a great meal? Go to Tee’s on the Green, […]

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    Keepin’ the Faith at the Ruins in Macau

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

    Walking straight straight ahead amidst the busy people and streets of Senado Square area in Macau lies a breathtaking and impeccable “Ruins of St. Paul.” People from different walks of life, busy merchants selling their own goods and products,  very friendly vendors that offers free taste of their fresh delicacies, simultaneous performances in Senado Square […]

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Nov
20

A Camel Named Sky in Austria

My life changed the night I met a camel named Sky. We met as I led him from the trailer in which he crossed the German border, under an Austrian winter darkness blank to heat and shattered with stars. I arrived at the camel farm, in the miniscule town of Eintental, Austria, around midnight. Gerda, […]

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2014-10-31_545355e789206_Ron.jpg
Nov
19

In the Footsteps of the Argyll in Malaysia

I never knew Great Uncle Ron.  He was killed in Malaya (as it then was) in 1941, serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.  But the very mention of his name to any of the older members of the family would elicit the same response.  Verbatim.  “You would have loved, Ron.”  He had suffered from […]

Read More
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Nov
18

Leaving the Comfort Behind in Thailand

Leaving the Comfort Behind in Thailand My Thai taxi driver and I zoomed down the highway from the airport at record breaking speeds. Passing through tollbooths so fast that if you blinked, you’d miss the exchange of money. There wasn’t much to see out the window, so I attempted a conversation with the driver. He […]

Read More
2014-10-29_5451476ebd64d_sarajevo.jpg
Nov
17

Cemented Cultures in Sarajevo, Bosnia

I arrive in Sarajevo knowing practically nothing about it. Tired and disorientated, my friend and I joke that it must be a decent place to visit since Bosnia and Herzegovina has competed in the Eurovision. Disembarking the rickety train from Serbia, we have no map, but the name and reservation number of a hostel. Amna, […]

Read More
2014-10-24_544a3a26b098d_Injasuthi-HairoftheDog.jpg
Nov
16

Injasuthi – Hair of the Dog, South Africa

Injasuthi – Hair of the Dog The wild little dog snarled and nipped at my heels as I manhandled the two-man croc into the water. Overhead the clouds growled like a large, plaintive stomach as the Injasuthi river snatched up the rafts like small, yellow treats. The well fed dog, or rather the Injasuthi, winds […]

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2014-10-29_54511a7733bf8_20141026_151302-Copy.jpg
Nov
15

Keepin’ the Faith at the Ruins in Macau

Walking straight straight ahead amidst the busy people and streets of Senado Square area in Macau lies a breathtaking and impeccable “Ruins of St. Paul.” People from different walks of life, busy merchants selling their own goods and products,  very friendly vendors that offers free taste of their fresh delicacies, simultaneous performances in Senado Square […]

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They Said

the mid game interview
Oct
7

Gold SATW & Independence Winners! Celebrate!

OCTOBER NEWS FROM WE SAID GO TRAVEL: Congratulations to Ken Budd for his Gold SATW award for his article, Kenya: Holding Elijah on We Said Go Travel! This award is considered the Pulitzer prize of Travel Writing. Winners Announced for 2014 Summer  Independence Travel Writing Contest: First Place Winner:  Monet Waits by Tina Murty   Second Place Winner: 1974 in […]

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sunset dry forest puerto rico
Oct
6

Winners: Independence Writing Contest 2014

Thank you to all the writers who participated in our 2014 Independence Writing Contest! We hope you will share more stories with us. The 2014 Gratitude Travel Writing Contest is now open and closes November 27, 2014. Over fourteen hundred writers from over seventy-five countries have written about their experiences and transformations all over our planet in the last […]

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Oct
5

Best drives in Italy: Costa Garganica

I discovered Costa Garganica by chance. Two years ago, I had my first taste of the beautiful drive when coming from Rome to a tiny city on the Adriatic Coast. I was hooked, although my stomach wasn’t pleased with all the curves and bends in the road. In 2013 I did another part of the […]

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10best Lunch
Oct
4

USA TODAY: Wondering where to wander for a savory feast at lunch in the San Fernando Valley?

Wondering where to wander for a savory feast at lunch in the San Fernando Valley? By Lisa Ellen Niver (Click here to see all my USA Today articles as a Los Angeles Expert.) Ventura Boulevard has so many delightful and tempting options.Lunch may not always be considered the most important meal of the day but […]

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We Said

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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mapping megan interview
Aug
10

100+ Countries in A Lifetime: Interviewed by @MappingMegan

Thank you to Mapping Megan for interviewing me for her fantastic travel site. Read the full interview “100+ Countries in a Lifetime” by clicking here. A few questions to get you intrigued: How has travel enriched your life? Travel has shaped my life. I went on a teen tour to Israel, which inspired me to study in […]

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betsy and lisa
Aug
5

La Ventura: Modern Mexican Food Melts in Your Mouth

La Ventura: Modern Mexican Food Melts in Your Mouth I had the opportunity to experience Jeffrey Saad‘s new restaurant, La Ventura, on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City last night. “[Saad’s] insatiable appetite for ingredients and flavors and encyclopedic knowledge of spices allows him to create ‘food without borders.’” I fully enjoyed everything and highly recommend you […]

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Aug
5

August Views on WSGT

From the latest WSGT news: This August there are many views to pay attention to: My Wharton article, Harnessing YouTube Marketing Power, was the MOST POPULAR POST on the site for over a week! Next article on Venture Capital Funding. We Said Go Travel on YouTube is at nearly 240,000 views so probably one month away from […]

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