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    A Journey to Rediscovery in India

    Monday, September 29, 2014

    Rediscovery of Self in the Land of the High Passes I was sitting right in the middle of my sisters when my eyes fell on the handsome mountains covered with a blanket of snow on their tops. I began to jump and almost sat over my sister (who was next to the window) to capture […]

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    Ticking off the Top 7 Historic Attractions in Brussels

    Monday, September 29, 2014

    Brussels is Belgium’s capital and the largest city in the country. It is a cosmopolitan city with a renowned art scene that has been vibrant for several centuries. History and culture enthusiasts cannot afford to miss sampling the charms of this city especially after snagging those hard-to-come by last minute holidays from Ireland. A notable […]

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    Community Centre in Tokyo, Japan

    Sunday, September 28, 2014

      A Small Community Centre in Tokyo, Japan Ana Prundaru There is something magical about children playing outside; mesmerized by little things adults take for granted. Unfortunately, when I visited Tokyo for a summit, I barely saw any children chasing butterflies, or playing ball. Walking past playgrounds and museums with the scope of researching the […]

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    P.O.P.S. the Club with Tim Allen October 16

    Sunday, September 28, 2014

    P.O.P.S. the Club In January 2013, in a dingy classroom at Venice High School, Dennis Danziger, a high school English teacher, and his wife, Amy Friedman, started a new high school club. The club was just a fledgling idea, with only two elements—first, the motto would be “First We Eat,” and lunch would be served; […]

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    I live. I love. I am. Netherlands

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    My 23rd year in this body was rather intense. They say that the universe doesn’t always gives you what you want, but what you need. And that you will never be given something that you can’t handle. Well, all I can say is that the universe has tested me many times this past year. I […]

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    Saturdays in Manila, Philippines

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    I lean to open sliding doors and step onto the red-tiled lanai. It’s 6 a.m. A canopy of bamboo, trees, and pastel awnings portrays rural privacy. The mango Abby and I planted two years ago curtseys in a breeze, begging applause for her growth. I wonder if she’ll ever bear fruit. Most days, I walk […]

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    Gunung Mulu National Park: a World of Caves

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    The karst landscape of Gunung Mulu was inscribed in 2000 as Malaysia’s second UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. Among many natural sites already present in the prestigious list, Gunung Mulu easily stands out as it is one of the few that is inscribed on all four natural criteria set by the World Heritage Committee. These are: 1. it being an outstanding specimen […]

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    The World Outside Your Window,USA

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    As I sit in my airplane seat, I look at the backpack full of workbooks in which I must address. “Alright, I should use these four hours wisely. I have enough time to finish at least one workbook. I can do this.” It seemed only a matter of seconds before realizing the plane was in […]

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    Brighton, UK Captured My Heart

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    How have three months gone by so quickly?! How is it possible that I only have a month and a half left before I return to the States?!  When I left to come here at the end of January I expected to get homesick at least once (maybe not right away but after my Dad […]

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    The Sensational Costa Rica

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

      Costa Rica is known for its exotic surroundings, distinct culture and adventurous activities. When my plane landed in San Jose, Costa Rica that day, I knew that the trip was going to be a memorable experience. As I left the plane and walked through the busy halls I couldn’t help but admire the designs […]

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Sep
29

A Journey to Rediscovery in India

Rediscovery of Self in the Land of the High Passes I was sitting right in the middle of my sisters when my eyes fell on the handsome mountains covered with a blanket of snow on their tops. I began to jump and almost sat over my sister (who was next to the window) to capture […]

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Sep
28

Community Centre in Tokyo, Japan

  A Small Community Centre in Tokyo, Japan Ana Prundaru There is something magical about children playing outside; mesmerized by little things adults take for granted. Unfortunately, when I visited Tokyo for a summit, I barely saw any children chasing butterflies, or playing ball. Walking past playgrounds and museums with the scope of researching the […]

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Sep
27

I live. I love. I am. Netherlands

My 23rd year in this body was rather intense. They say that the universe doesn’t always gives you what you want, but what you need. And that you will never be given something that you can’t handle. Well, all I can say is that the universe has tested me many times this past year. I […]

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2014-09-15_5417696248724_ShaneRomy.jpg
Sep
26

Saturdays in Manila, Philippines

I lean to open sliding doors and step onto the red-tiled lanai. It’s 6 a.m. A canopy of bamboo, trees, and pastel awnings portrays rural privacy. The mango Abby and I planted two years ago curtseys in a breeze, begging applause for her growth. I wonder if she’ll ever bear fruit. Most days, I walk […]

Read More
2014-09-17_5419a0b88fea7_IMG_5215.jpg
Sep
25

The World Outside Your Window,USA

As I sit in my airplane seat, I look at the backpack full of workbooks in which I must address. “Alright, I should use these four hours wisely. I have enough time to finish at least one workbook. I can do this.” It seemed only a matter of seconds before realizing the plane was in […]

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2014-09-16_541791c647e7b_IMG_6418.jpg
Sep
24

Brighton, UK Captured My Heart

How have three months gone by so quickly?! How is it possible that I only have a month and a half left before I return to the States?!  When I left to come here at the end of January I expected to get homesick at least once (maybe not right away but after my Dad […]

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Apr
23

Gili Meno, Indonesia

My travel book to Indonesia described the Gilis as a trio of beautiful islands so bare of resources that they were almost unlivable. Yet long before I got on the ferry I was warned by other ex-pats that at least one of the islands, Gili Trawangan, was packed with tourists, while another, Gili Air, was […]

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Apr
23

The gift of love on my first spring in Chicago

The 13th day of April 2013 was not an ordinary day of my life. I was halfway of the dream and the reality that happened so soon. It was a trip to the United States of America, a place where I had my memorable, first spring ever. Young as I am, my age tells so […]

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Apr
23

Once Bitten, Forever Happy in India

Once bitten, Forever Happy There is little merit in retelling a journey done before, but there is great joy in retracing one. The first time that I went to Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh (India) was over two years ago. That was with the family, but this one was with a bunch of fellow travellers, […]

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Apr
22

Finding the Infinite in Taiwan

Part 1 “Don’t do it, Amber. Its too dangerous.” “You don’t speak the language, this is a dumb idea.” “Are you crazy?” Despite what my worried friends told me, I knew that after gallivanting through Asia for the last 6 months , it was the right time to take off on a solo motorbike trip […]

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We Said

Aug
8

Myanmar: Cows, Goats, Broken Bikes & Bagan Temple Celebrations (video)

WATCH: 28 Cows, Goats, Broken Bikes & Bagan Temple Celebrations, Myanmar October 14, 2012 Our day on the bikes in Bagan started with a herd of goats crossing Arwathagee Road, the paved road and the dirt path then we biked through a herd of Oxen and Cows. We were on our way to the big temple: […]

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Aug
5

Traveling in Sin is a HOT NEW RELEASE

Traveling in Sin  is a HOT NEW RELEASE on Amazon. Thank you for all your support of our memoir and our journeys! We really appreciate it! George and Lisa BOOK DESCRIPTION: This exuberant and unique travel memoir is written in the voices of the story’s two leading protagonists, George and Lisa, who meet on-line in January […]

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Aug
1

Myanmar: Bikes in Bagan (video)

Watch: Bikes in Bagan, Day 4, Myanmar (Burma)  With our bikes from New Park Hotel, we explored many temples including:  Gu-byauk-gyi (wet-kyin) with incredible paintings but you cannot take photos or video for preservation reasons. Gu-byauk-nge: Due to its smaller size, you can see all three of the four seated Buddhas at once. It has […]

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Jul
30

True Weight Loss Story: Diets in Review

Thank you to Dani Stone for her article about my True Weight Loss Journey in Diets in Review. Lisa Niver Rajna is a member of the prestigious Traveler’s Century Club, a unique group limited to travelers who have visited 100 or more countries. She enjoys trekking to new locales so much, she even co-authors a […]

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