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    Wharton Business Magazine: Brandish My Gaming Badges

    Friday, November 21, 2014

    Wharton Business Magazine: “One standout performance was by contributor Lisa Ellen Niver C89, whose latest blog tweet reached 4.1 million people.” (From Editor-in-Chief, Matthew Brodsky) How Empire Avenue Taught Me to Brandish My Gaming Badges For most of my life, I have not considered myself into games. I was never good at Pong, and was there […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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
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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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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

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Jun
2

Planning Our Trip to Europe

Planning a trip to Europe can be time consuming, difficult and frustrating.  Even though each country is roughly the size of a state in the United States, most countries have their own language and some still have their own currency, such as the UK and Switzerland.  For these reasons and many more, foreigners can find […]

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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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We Said

huff post secure attachment
Dec
28

HuffPost: Do Good Teachers and Travelers need Secure Attachment?

After reading Confessions of a Bad Teacher, I wrote an article called “Why So Many of America’s Teachers Are Leaving the Profession,” which had received over 1450 likes and over 50 comments in the HuffPost50. My next article in HuffPost Education was called Secure Attachment: Do Good Teachers Need It? about the same book and […]

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daves palau dining
Dec
26

Where To Eat in Palau? As seen on Dave’s Travel Corner

Thanks to Dave’s Travel Corner for publishing our article: Quality Dining Palau Style! Since Jellyfish Lake and the Rock Islands were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in July 2012, more and more seasoned travelers are choosing Palau as a vacation destination. Recent statistics indicate that nearly 100,000 people visit Palau annually. Holidaymakers who have […]

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womens travel fest
Dec
24

NYC: Women’s Travel Fest March 8, 2014

Women’s Travel Fest 2014 The Women’s Travel Fest is a one-day event on International Women’s Day March 8, 2014 that will inspire you to take on the world and find more meaning in your travels. Been thinking about traveling but feel intimidated? Want to get passionate about finding your place in the world? Hoping to […]

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forgiveness
Dec
23

HuffPost: Do You Love Your Money?

While reading Money: A Love Story by Kate Northrup, I really thought about my relationship to my finances. I did not think my money needed love or attention but she says it is time to take “responsibility for our money, our stories and our lives.” Although I have always felt in charge of my working life, I […]

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