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    Daughters to Zion

    Monday, October 20, 2014

                I stood in awe at the grandeur before me.  Nature had taken the flat Utah desert as her canvas.  With sand, water, and an abundance of time as the palette, the result was a masterpiece, Zion National Park.             As our car rested in front of a cabin in Springdale, Utah,  a free bus […]

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    Mountain Gratitudes in the USA

    Sunday, October 19, 2014

    First Rights My brain fog had barely lifted as we drove into the mountains of New Mexico. The majesty of the Sangre de Cristo reached out to touch the raw places of my soul, and I breathed deeply of the aspen-filled air. Barely six months after the final divorce papers were signed, I escaped with […]

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    Clothes to Grow Into in Nicaragua

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

    I memorized all English-language warnings before I left.  Keep your important documents in a money belt close to your body.  Bring change so you don’t have to pull out a large bill.  Don’t wear jewelry or nice clothing.  Carry your backpack on the front of your body so it cannot get yanked or cut away.  […]

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    USA Today: 10Best Spas in Los Angeles: Part 3

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

    Hidden Gems and High End Treatments: The 10Best of Los Angeles Spas by Lisa Niver Many times in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Stars need a place relax and hide-away. Whether you are a famous celebrity or just want to be treated like a VIP, here are 10 of the best places to […]

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    The Healing Powers of San Gemini, Italy

    Friday, October 17, 2014

    I suffer from a long term chronic illness which affects my health severely. In 2009 I was convinced to get away from my home town and start anew in North Queensland. The move initially helped but after the excitement of a new place wore off my health continued to degrade. Soon I could not concentrate […]

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    Vacationing English Style in Self-Catering Cottages

    Friday, October 17, 2014

    England is famous for its lovely, pristine natural environs with pretty backdrops. Quaint villages surrounded by green hills and rustic coastal towns are characteristic of the English countryside. Doesn’t “English countryside lifestyle” conjure images of idyllic stone and thatch roofed cottages, rural farms, unspoiled landscape and scenic ocean views? In other words, the perfect escape […]

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    Winter’s Tale in Florida

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Winter’s Tale: Winter, for some visitors to Clearwater Beach, Florida is a season to escape but for others, especially those in need of inspiration, she’s an animal to seek out.     Named for the season in which she was rescued, Winter is an eight-year-old dolphin who is inspiring child amputees, Iraqi war vets and medical researchers […]

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    USA Today: 10Best Spas in Los Angeles: Part 2

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Hidden Gems and High End Treatments: The Best of Los Angeles Spas by Lisa Niver Many times in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Stars need a place relax and hide-away. Whether you are a famous celebrity or just want to be treated like a VIP, here are 10 of the best places to […]

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    Children of Kibera, Kenya

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    When our patients and their parents heard that we were going to Kenya and would visit a school in Kibera—one of the largest slums in the world—many of them asked if we could take some supplies for the children there. One mother had her children use their allowance to buy books, others brought colored pencils, […]

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    Discover Los Angeles: Tart Restaurant & Farmer’s Daughter Hotel

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    The Farmer’s Daughter Hotel is a unique Los Angeles hotel offering stylish hotel rooms and  welcomes you like family in the heart of Los Angeles across from the Grove. Test out Tart Restaurant‘s tasty creations and upcoming Halloween special libations!   Loading #TartRestaurant for dinner and drinks! Come join us! @tartrestaurant @wagstaff_LA View on Instagram Loading […]

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Oct
20

Daughters to Zion

            I stood in awe at the grandeur before me.  Nature had taken the flat Utah desert as her canvas.  With sand, water, and an abundance of time as the palette, the result was a masterpiece, Zion National Park.             As our car rested in front of a cabin in Springdale, Utah,  a free bus […]

Read More
2014-10-08_54348d94652bf_RedRivervalley.jpg
Oct
19

Mountain Gratitudes in the USA

First Rights My brain fog had barely lifted as we drove into the mountains of New Mexico. The majesty of the Sangre de Cristo reached out to touch the raw places of my soul, and I breathed deeply of the aspen-filled air. Barely six months after the final divorce papers were signed, I escaped with […]

Read More
2014-10-10_543723789ce35_nicaraguaboys.jpg
Oct
18

Clothes to Grow Into in Nicaragua

I memorized all English-language warnings before I left.  Keep your important documents in a money belt close to your body.  Bring change so you don’t have to pull out a large bill.  Don’t wear jewelry or nice clothing.  Carry your backpack on the front of your body so it cannot get yanked or cut away.  […]

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Oct
17

The Healing Powers of San Gemini, Italy

I suffer from a long term chronic illness which affects my health severely. In 2009 I was convinced to get away from my home town and start anew in North Queensland. The move initially helped but after the excitement of a new place wore off my health continued to degrade. Soon I could not concentrate […]

Read More
2014-09-30_542ab9ab82016_Purcell_SM_P3_C3.JPG
Oct
16

Winter’s Tale in Florida

Winter’s Tale: Winter, for some visitors to Clearwater Beach, Florida is a season to escape but for others, especially those in need of inspiration, she’s an animal to seek out.     Named for the season in which she was rescued, Winter is an eight-year-old dolphin who is inspiring child amputees, Iraqi war vets and medical researchers […]

Read More
2014-10-06_54329a7f968d2_RedRoseSchoolkids.jpg
Oct
15

Children of Kibera, Kenya

When our patients and their parents heard that we were going to Kenya and would visit a school in Kibera—one of the largest slums in the world—many of them asked if we could take some supplies for the children there. One mother had her children use their allowance to buy books, others brought colored pencils, […]

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They Said

Batanes
Apr
29

Batanes, Philippines: Never Saw Blue

It was the green that caught my eye, the first time I saw photos of Batanes in a book as a teenager. I knew where the Batanes Islands were, of course, we had studied it in school: the northernmost province of the Philippine archipelago, nearer to Taiwan than to Luzon. This point was always emphasized […]

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Apr
28

Secrets of the Riviera Maya in Mexico

“This is the womb of the world,” he says, looking out at the sea which forms into waves so clear I can see the silver fish carried inside them. Water churns around our shins in foamy currents, threatening to destabilize our footing. “People are re-born here,” he continues, his gaze firmly on the sea. Daniel […]

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Apr
28

Abbey Road, Kentucky

It’s the winter of 2009 and I find myself eager to take a holiday, to abandon my work and leave the cell phone and computer behind, but mostly to have a Christmas (since the death of my parents) that doesn’t involve my being an orphan at someone else’s table. It’s always a difficult decision, how […]

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Apr
28

Cherishing Time with Students From the Ivory Coast

Stepping off the plane into a warm African summer night, I inhale deeply and let the new air fill my lungs and expel my weariness. Despite the past 48 hours of near-continuous travel, I can feel the thrill of somewhere I’ve never been. We have arrived in Abidjan, the capital city of Ivory Coast, or […]

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We Said

Aug
23

Penn Quakers Pounce and Reality TV Saves Lives

Penn Quakers Pounce and Reality TV Saves Lives Author: Lisa Niver Rajna, CAS’89 Studying at the University of Pennsylvania, I learned fast and worked hard. As my studies focused on science and liberal arts, I never took a class in finance even though The Wharton School is renowned the world over for business. While watching Shark […]

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Aug
22

Myanmar: Bus from Bagan to Inle Lake (video)

WATCH: 31 Bus from Bagan to Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)   We decided to take the Tourist bus from Bagan to Inle Lake. We woke up at 6:30am, had a quick breakfast at 6:45am and a 7am bus pickup for the 7:30am bus, but we got picked up after 7:30am, and the bus left around 8am […]

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Aug
21

Thailand: When Relationships Are Challenged by Extreme Travel

Thank you to Women’s Adventure Magazine for publishing my story, When Relationships Are Challenged by Extreme Travel. My other title was “Sobbing While Snorkeling.” By Lisa Niver Rajna Five years ago when George and I flew into Thailand for the first time together, I thought I was going to cry in the airport. I gave up […]

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Aug
19

Myanmar: Bagan Day Six (video)

Watch: 30 Bagan Day Six, Myanmar (Burma) For our sixth day of exploring in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma) we again traveled by bicycle. Today we took our bikes to Nyuang U market. George got his shirt fixed and I bought a bag from Mee Mee Tin. We took in the river views at The Beach Bagan and […]

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