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    A Dhow Day on the Sea of Oman

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    There is something about being on the open road that connotes freedom for me. It’s the same liberating feeling that I get when I go bike riding along the shore- that indescribable sensation of sailing through the air effortlessly, that feeling of having the weight of the world lifted off my back, that feeling of […]

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    Nicaragua:Unexpected places the truth hides

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Sitting on a beach is perhaps the most stereotypical place to ‘find yourself’ but my experience was a little different. Yes it was a ‘tropical’ beach with white sand and clear warm waters in Mexico but it represented to me everything I didn’t want and everything I wanted to be free from. Hundreds of burnt […]

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    Creating the Perfect Tallinn Tour – Part One

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    The center of Tallinn has a medieval feel and charm that sweeps you away to another time and world. Tallinn has a rich history that is remarkably preserved and showcased for visitors. Although Estonia was a Soviet state for many years, the people feel themselves more Nordic. This mix is evident throughout the city and […]

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    Nigeria: A Surreal Africa

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    I could not believe my eyes. There i was, amongst dignitaries from all works of life. I must have been the youngest in the bus. I was not sure how how i found myself there, but i knew that was where i belonged. Omotola Jalade had sat behind me, and Chimamanda Adichie, in front of […]

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    Silence of the Rivers, Allahabad, India

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Silence of the Rivers……Allahabad The cool trickling sand between my toes, the muddy Ganges tentative steps towards the twirling frisky Yamuna, the orange-robed Sun take its evening dip in the serene, muddy waters of the Ganges, to disappear into the horizon. Scenes photocopied over time as I stood ankle deep at the confluence of the […]

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    The Fabled Montropolis Is Found: Jackson Hole

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    In the evolution of a place there is sometimes a waymark between free-spirited childhood and the discreet somberness of maturity. But what if the in-between actually signifies the third point of a classic Hegelian dialectical triangle? A rough and rowdy cowboy town at one point, an overly-wrought sophisticated metropolis at the other, and the third […]

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    1974 in Nepal

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    I spoke to my father above the roar of the Kathmandu streets, narrow and complex as veins. “There wasn’t a single car in Kathmandu when I was there,” he said, his voice light with disbelief. I told him about climbing to the top of one of the temples in Durbar Square, and a wiry boy […]

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    Recollections of an Old Farm in the USA

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    I remember once, while watching Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, how much Miss Margaret Hale loved her home, Helston. “It’s the best place on earth,” she says to Henry. I can say the same about my childhood home, where I grew up to my teenage years. It was not the sort of exquisite, well-built American […]

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    #LiveAndDine2014 Angeleno Magazine

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    The summer day begins in Santa Monica! Thank you @angelenomagazine for #liveanddine2014 @fairmontmiramar In celebration of The Restaurant Issue, Angeleno magazine hosted its annual LIVE & DINE L.A. event, honoring the city’s most distinguished chefs and restaurateurs of 2014 who continue to shape and evolve L.A.’s culinary scene. Guests were treated to signature bites and menu samplings prepared […]

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    Thailand: What Freedom Means in Solo Travel

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    There are million ways to give a present to yourself after you graduate: shopping for anything you want, throwing a party, or travelling. I choose travelling. And since there are too many arrangements to make a group of best friends travelling together, I decide to travel alone. The idea of a solo travel sounds liberating […]

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Jul
23

A Dhow Day on the Sea of Oman

There is something about being on the open road that connotes freedom for me. It’s the same liberating feeling that I get when I go bike riding along the shore- that indescribable sensation of sailing through the air effortlessly, that feeling of having the weight of the world lifted off my back, that feeling of […]

Read More
2014-07-02_53b43e9b75c8e_1513179_10152498735134878_4951073025672397461_n.jpg
Jul
23

Nicaragua:Unexpected places the truth hides

Sitting on a beach is perhaps the most stereotypical place to ‘find yourself’ but my experience was a little different. Yes it was a ‘tropical’ beach with white sand and clear warm waters in Mexico but it represented to me everything I didn’t want and everything I wanted to be free from. Hundreds of burnt […]

Read More
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Jul
22

Nigeria: A Surreal Africa

I could not believe my eyes. There i was, amongst dignitaries from all works of life. I must have been the youngest in the bus. I was not sure how how i found myself there, but i knew that was where i belonged. Omotola Jalade had sat behind me, and Chimamanda Adichie, in front of […]

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Jul
22

Silence of the Rivers, Allahabad, India

Silence of the Rivers……Allahabad The cool trickling sand between my toes, the muddy Ganges tentative steps towards the twirling frisky Yamuna, the orange-robed Sun take its evening dip in the serene, muddy waters of the Ganges, to disappear into the horizon. Scenes photocopied over time as I stood ankle deep at the confluence of the […]

Read More
2014-07-02_53b36404851d1_pokhara.jpg
Jul
21

1974 in Nepal

I spoke to my father above the roar of the Kathmandu streets, narrow and complex as veins. “There wasn’t a single car in Kathmandu when I was there,” he said, his voice light with disbelief. I told him about climbing to the top of one of the temples in Durbar Square, and a wiry boy […]

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2014-07-01_53b30d241898d_Coua.jpg
Jul
21

Recollections of an Old Farm in the USA

I remember once, while watching Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, how much Miss Margaret Hale loved her home, Helston. “It’s the best place on earth,” she says to Henry. I can say the same about my childhood home, where I grew up to my teenage years. It was not the sort of exquisite, well-built American […]

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They Said

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Jul
1

Lisa is Writing for Wharton!

Thank you to Wharton Magazine for publishing my article on Content Marketing! I am honored to be included in your site! Hooray Hooray Pennsylvania! Content Marketing Is Conquering Your Customers We are now all in the marketing business. As Jay Baer has pointed out in his book, Youtility: Why Smart Marketing Is about Help Not Hype, […]

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christian olvedio
Jun
30

Dancing to Freedom!

Do you have a desire that is so secret it is almost unknown even to you? In Jean Kwok’s Mambo in Chinatown, we have the treat of unraveling the life of Charlie Wong: “My name is Charlie Wong and I’m the daughter of a dancer and a noodle-maker. My mother was once a star ballerina […]

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Jun
27

Humberstone – Ghost Town in the Chilean Desert

I heard there was a ghost town in the desert. After paying a small fee to walk through a wooden swinging gate I was given free reign to walk almost anywhere I dared.  I had been a bit skeptical about allocating an extra day in Iquequi, Chile to be able to make the trip to Humberstone. […]

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Jun
23

Find Freedom! Tell Your Story

Where do you find FREEDOM? Share your story in the WSGT Independence Travel Writing Contest Thank you to the winners and all the participants in the Inspiration Travel Writing Contest. Thank you for reading, commenting and being in our community! I hope you will be inspired to join in our Summer 2014 Independence Writing Contest! The entries so […]

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We Said

Jun
23

Find Freedom! Tell Your Story

Where do you find FREEDOM? Share your story in the WSGT Independence Travel Writing Contest Thank you to the winners and all the participants in the Inspiration Travel Writing Contest. Thank you for reading, commenting and being in our community! I hope you will be inspired to join in our Summer 2014 Independence Writing Contest! The entries so […]

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Lisa and Barb LOVE
Jun
8

Ready for a Risk? IndependenceTravel Writing Contest is OPEN!

FROM JUNE NEWS: Thank you to our winners and all the participants in theInspiration Travel Writing Contest. Enjoy all the entries. Thank you for reading, commenting and being in our community! I hope you will be inspired to join in our Summer 2014 Independence Writing Contest! BE BRAVE! TAKE A RISK! Share a story in our Independence […]

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Jun
7

Reunion: Living Life “As Is” Or “So Perfect?”

My 25 Year Penn Reunion: Living an “As Is” life in a world that only wants “So Perfect!” Author:  Lisa Niver Rajna, C’89 Wandering on Madison Ave in Manhattan last week, I noticed paparazzi everywhere. After asking, a woman told us, with tears in her eyes, that JLo was eating lunch. I would have missed her. She did […]

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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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