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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 […]

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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 […]

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They Said

USA Today the NEST
Nov
20

USA Today: The Nest at WP24 @TheRitzCarlton

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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USA Today Parks
Nov
18

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

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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Yamen
Nov
17

Hong Kong: Kowloon Walled City Park

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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USA Today Tees
Nov
16

USA Today: Tee’s On the Green

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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We Said

Fairmont Bermuda Sunset
Nov
5

Bermuda Day 3 #RBQuests: Drones, Cliff Jumping & Spa Baths

Bermuda Day 3 #RBQuests: Drones, Cliff Jumping & Spa Baths was AMAZING! Thank you to the entire#RBQuests Orbitz Team! Especially Richard Bangs, Didrik Johnck, Nhuri Bashir and Andrew Kilpatrick of Burnt House Productions. VIDEO DAY ONE: Adventures in Bermuda: Arrival from Los Angeles and Day One at Elbow Beach VIDEO DAY TWO: Bermuda Day Two: Shopping, […]

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Avanti ins
Nov
4

Don’t leave home without….

What do you always take traveling with you? Don’t leave home without….   Top 6 – We Said Go Travel With articles on destinations found all over the seven continents, We Said Go Travel can tell you everything from the top 5 resorts to visit in St Lucia to the complete guide of Dubai. Lisa […]

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Lisa with the British Ambassador
Nov
4

BABC hosts British Ambassador, Sir Peter Westmacott

@beverlywilshire with British American business council to meet the ambassador! A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:03am PDT VIDEO: BABC hosts British Ambassador, Sir Peter Westmacott  At British American business council breakfast with Sir Peter Westmacott, Ambassador and Treasurer Michael Krycler @BeverlyWilshire A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on Oct 10, […]

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Warwick Long Bay Bermuda
Nov
4

Bermuda Day Two: Shopping, Scooters & Swizzle #RBQuests

Bermuda Day Two was beyond my expectations! Thank you to the entire #RBQuests Orbitz Team! Especially Richard Bangs, Didrik Johnck, Ashley Moradipour, Rachel Sawden, Nhuri Bashir November 3, 2104 included: Dockyard Craft Market, Bonefish, Alexandra Mosher Designs, The English Sport Shop, Queen Street, David Rose Jewelry and the Swizzle Inn. Good Morning @ElbowBeach! Sunrise #hooping […]

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