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    Hunza, Pakistan: The Lady Finger Peak

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

      “Pakistan is one of the most plundered countries whose riches and potential yet awaits to be discovered”, remarked my driver-cum- guide as we took leave from Eagle nest- the hotel where I had spent the night. I had traveled all the way from Islamabad to Gilgit –Baltistan, the newly formed province in North Pakistan […]

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    The Potters Village in Mexico

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    The Potters Village The two-lane paved road rises and falls, twists and turns like a dangling rope through the rugged Chihuahua hill country. “Amazing that one of Mexico’s most famous potters lives out here,” says my friend Dick Davis. Shimmering in the stark desert light is the village of Mata Ortiz, the home of Mexico’s […]

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    A Little Help from the French

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    As a Canadian undergraduate student, chances for traveling to Europe are hard to come by; and so I jumped at the opportunity to tackle an exchange in Ireland for the spring semester of 2014. My experience abroad gave me a new confidence in my traveling abilities and an increased sense of wanderlust that propelled my […]

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    Finding My Soul in Yokohama, Japan

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    As a pessimistic, nine-year-old kid that doesn’t travel much, I was nearly blown away with the news that we were going to visit Japan. I was so excited! It was December of 2008, and we were leaving in just two weeks. We arrived to Japan at the airport terminal. As soon as we got off […]

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    One if By Land, Two If By Sea in the USA

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Perhaps the two camera-ready beluga whales at Mystic Aquarium sent me a telepathic message in the vein of Paul Revere: a pair of creatures, bright as lanterns, appearing before my eyes called for a sea journey. This wasn’t what a non-swimmer liked to hear but the Marylander who spent school days cleaning the Chesapeake was […]

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    Home on the prairie in the USA

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    A little home on the prairie A cottage at the top of the hill With a stone pathway down to the brook With lively grass dancing in the wind as you walk down A silhouette outline; White light Beauty with a smell of fresh dew as you near the river The dandelions and sunflowers waving […]

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    Daruvar, Croatia: From Holes to Healing

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    Daruvar, a small town of nearly 9,000 people in northeast Croatia is my place of freedom. It’s the only place I can ever remember that made me feel truly grateful for being alive. Growing up, I frequently traveled to Daruvar because my mother was born and raised here and her entire family continued to live […]

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    8 Top Things to See in the Netherlands

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    Vivid images of colorful countryside and rustic villages come to mind when the Netherlands is mentioned. It is a stark contrast to the other highly urbanized places in Europe, and is a delight to visit for those looking for a more relaxed atmosphere. Not to be missed are the following: 1. The Canals of Amsterdam […]

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    I Was a resident of Berlin, Germany for Six Days

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    “You may say, “But this is our time, we have this time.” No, only the space in this time. And also – just part of the space, that one you understand. .. You own a few hours in a foreign city. You can buy souvenirs at this time. They will belong to you. You can […]

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    Couchsurfing around the world

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    If you’ve ever thought of backpacking, or you have backpacked, or are currently backpacking, you most likely have heard of Couchsurfing. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about – Couchsurfing is a travel community of sorts where people all around the world, in many different countries, open up their homes, […]

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Latest Writing Contest Entries

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Sep
14

The Potters Village in Mexico

The Potters Village The two-lane paved road rises and falls, twists and turns like a dangling rope through the rugged Chihuahua hill country. “Amazing that one of Mexico’s most famous potters lives out here,” says my friend Dick Davis. Shimmering in the stark desert light is the village of Mata Ortiz, the home of Mexico’s […]

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0711
Sep
14

A Little Help from the French

As a Canadian undergraduate student, chances for traveling to Europe are hard to come by; and so I jumped at the opportunity to tackle an exchange in Ireland for the spring semester of 2014. My experience abroad gave me a new confidence in my traveling abilities and an increased sense of wanderlust that propelled my […]

Read More
2014-07-19_53c9fb2e05b3a_pictureofthebeach.JPG
Sep
13

Finding My Soul in Yokohama, Japan

As a pessimistic, nine-year-old kid that doesn’t travel much, I was nearly blown away with the news that we were going to visit Japan. I was so excited! It was December of 2008, and we were leaving in just two weeks. We arrived to Japan at the airport terminal. As soon as we got off […]

Read More
2014-07-19_53c9dbd6f41c3_DSC01139.JPG
Sep
13

One if By Land, Two If By Sea in the USA

Perhaps the two camera-ready beluga whales at Mystic Aquarium sent me a telepathic message in the vein of Paul Revere: a pair of creatures, bright as lanterns, appearing before my eyes called for a sea journey. This wasn’t what a non-swimmer liked to hear but the Marylander who spent school days cleaning the Chesapeake was […]

Read More
2014-07-19_53c9cedf320aa_995566_663261167048147_2034099880_n.jpg
Sep
12

Home on the prairie in the USA

A little home on the prairie A cottage at the top of the hill With a stone pathway down to the brook With lively grass dancing in the wind as you walk down A silhouette outline; White light Beauty with a smell of fresh dew as you near the river The dandelions and sunflowers waving […]

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Sep
12

Daruvar, Croatia: From Holes to Healing

Daruvar, a small town of nearly 9,000 people in northeast Croatia is my place of freedom. It’s the only place I can ever remember that made me feel truly grateful for being alive. Growing up, I frequently traveled to Daruvar because my mother was born and raised here and her entire family continued to live […]

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They Said

The beautiful, fresh ingredients
Jun
1

A Cooking Class in Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany: Rolling hills, fine wine, fascinating history and, of course, phenomenal food. While visiting Tuscany it was only appropriate that to supplement our (impressive amount of) eating we learn to create as well. Our family enrolled in an afternoon cooking class at the Badia a Coultibuno, a beautifully preserved eleventh-century abbey-turned-vineyard, restaurant, inn and cooking school. […]

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Puerto Rico
May
31

Puerto Rico: Filming with Richard Bangs!

When Richard Bangs invited me to travel to PUERTO RICO to film with Orbitz and the Puerto Rican Tourism Board: I SAID YES! Please enjoy Richard’s article about our journey and the many videos from our visit! Lisa When Christopher Columbus made landfall in Puerto Rico during his second trans-Atlantic voyage, in 1493, a young […]

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india
May
30

Namaste India

After vowing that we would be on full alert, all systems go, eyes peeled and ears cocked, money changed, visas opened and as on guard and vigilant as we could possibly appear- Delhi airport was nowhere near as scary, hectic or confusing as we were incessantly warned it would be. In fact, it was one […]

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Melaka, Malaysia, dontstayput, mosque, islam, muslim
May
29

Why You Should Go to Melaka, Malaysia – Video

Melaka, Malaysia is not a city in the traditional, busy sense — there’s this sense of history and charm that breathes through the place and keeps you captivated for days. Life goes at a slower, deliberate pace and while you’re just about 2 hours from the traffic and hawking and noise of Kuala Lumpur, you may as well be worlds away.

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We Said

Condado Plaza Hilton
Mar
24

#RBQuests: From Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

I am on location in Puerto Rico filming with Richard Bangs and White Nile Media! This week we are creating videos for PRTourismCo and Orbitz Originals. Wondering what we are doing? I will be sharing social media with the tag #RBQuests. Use this link to the TagBoard or see below to follow along. My first night […]

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Guam UnderWaterWorld cool colors
Mar
22

Guam: “The Hub of Micronesia” Hafa Adai

As our airplane descended toward Guam after departing Palau’s International airport in the wee hours of the morning, I reflected on how little I knew about the U.S. territory island called Guam. I knew the island of Guam, situated in eastern Micronesia, has had a strong U.S. military background; I also was aware that in […]

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mantrini lobby
Mar
19

Charm of Chiang Rai, Thailand

For our first visit to Chiang Rai, I searched on Asiarooms.com for a place with a pool. I found the Mantrini, which was recently featured in the magazine, Chiva and shared the Chiang Rai Charm of the property. While we stayed there, we enjoyed being next door to Centre Plaza and seeing a brand new […]

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Le Meridien Chiang Mai
Mar
15

Luxury in Chiang Mai with AsiaRooms.com

After traveling in Asia for the last eighteen months, I have to admit Thailand is my favorite country. I love visiting new places, but I think I could live in Koh Samui or Chiang Mai. I hope that you have the chance to explore Chiang Mai! Are you wondering where to sleep in Chiang Mai, […]

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