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    Napa Valley Grille: 3 P’s of Thanksgiving!

    Friday, November 21, 2014

    Napa Valley Grille in Westwood is ready to assist you for Thanksgiving! Just remember the 3 Ps: Pre-order, Pick up & Pretend!  Seriously the food is delicious and everything is homemade from the exquisite sourdough bread to the olive tapanade. Don’t miss out on simply grilled fish like a whole branzino and Prime London Sirloin […]

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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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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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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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May
8

Nights In? Not in Hong Kong!

Nights In? Not in Hong Kong! I have never been a massive fan of the ‘nice night in’. Like many things, I think the idea of an evening on the sofa with the TV on is a lot nicer than the actual reality of it. Sure, when you’re exhausted or stressed or fed up of […]

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May
7

Let the Games Begin in Greece

Our ship was scheduled to dock at the seaside town of Katakalon, situated off the Ionian Coast, at 9am. Referred to as the “gateway to Olympia” the town often gets overlooked as most visitors use it as a passage to ancient Olympia – the birthplace of the Olympic Games. It was the fifth stop on […]

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May
7

Hot in the Texas Summertime

Deep South Texas in the summertime is hot. The humidity is high and the constant Southeast wind is dry and full of dust. The ground cracks and the grass turns brown. Even the native plants droop and shrivel in the extraordinary heat. People hide inside with their air conditioners on full blast. During one long […]

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May
7

Botswana: The Best Luxury Tented Camp in Africa

The Best Luxury Tented Camp in Africa Botswana safaris come in many shapes and sizes, and more often than not guests go to the lush Okavango Delta which is fantastic for game, but only covers a very small amount of Botswana. Most of Botswana is made up by the Kalahari Desert and the vast salt […]

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Sep
25

Thailand: Have You Been Spotified?

Before departing to Asia for the year, I dutifully loaded my ipod with hundreds of songs to accompany me overseas. I deemed my decision prudent, in that I would be armed with a variety of music from genres diverse as heavy metal, bebop jazz, and hip hop music. However, three months into our trip, I […]

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Lumbini, Nepal
Sep
23

Is Flying Always Preferable to Overland Travel?

Is Flying Always Preferable to Overland Travel? by George Rajna When traveling abroad, the majority of travelers fly between locations with the obvious advantages of speed and convenience despite the far higher costs associated with air transportation. Even though air flights have advantages, going overland between countries can lead to visiting locales that are often […]

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Sep
21

Myanmar: Mandalay Traffic at 26th and 83rd (video)

WATCH: 41 Mandalay Traffic at 26th and 83rd, Myanmar (Burma) There are no traffic lights or stop signs. There are so many cars, motorbikes and vehicles. It is not so easy to cross the street. The traffic at the intersection of 26th and 83rd was incessant. I actually enjoyed it like a show! This is the […]

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Sep
20

Palau: At the Edge of Paradise

We Said Go Travel Newsletter 34: Sept. 19, 2013 Two weeks in Palau: The Edge of Paradise Our time in Palau was filled with natural wonders and outdoor adventures like kayaking, snorkeling, double rainbows, incredible sunsets, Milky Way (below) and UNESCO sites: the Rock Islands(see beach photo below) and Jellyfish Lake. I loved diving Blue Corner […]

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