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  • Lisa Ellen Niver

    #TasteLA: Enjoying Field to Fork 2014

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    Thank you to the Los Angeles Times for inviting me to enjoy the Taste of Los Angeles 2014 as a member of the media. It is  “A FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL THAT’S AUTHENTICALLY L.A.” I went to Field to Fork on Saturday morning which was hosted by Russ Parsons & Nancy Silverton. “Indulge in the bounty of California with […]

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    In Transit in Croatia

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    I’ve always loved liminal places – hotel rooms, airport terminals… The generic in-betweenness of them is non-threatening, like a closed door that excuses you from worrying, because you can’t see what’s on the other side. Those in-between places liberate you from commitment to before and after. They are a kind of purgatory, a space to […]

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    Rural Relaxation in Malawi

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    My bones creaked and my body yelped in pain as I rolled over and reached for my phone, but instead of the ghostly display satisfying my desire to know the exact hour at all times of day and night, I found only an inanimate piece of plastic. I then remembered, with the aid of the […]

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    On Motorbikes and Saviors in Thailand

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    There are 762 curves on the highway between Chiang Mai and Pai, Thailand, according to the postcards and stickers plastering walls of tourist shops in the sleepy valley town. Minibuses service the area daily, but as every backpacker worth his baggy fisherman pants will tell you, the best way to enjoy these hills is on […]

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    Forgotten Thank Yous in India

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    When you are travelling to the North-East of India, you expect to be feasting your eyes on the snowcapped mountains, the sun rise and the greenery. You expect to wrap yourself in a stole while drinking that hot cup of coffee, bang in the middle of the month of June. You expect to visit all […]

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    Mountain Freedom in Australia

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    The only time I feel free is when I am alone. But what does alone mean in this world? We can be on our own, yet our phone and computer lures us, tempting us with Facebook notifications, tweets, emails, and text messages. Despite most people needing solo time to recharge, we’ve become addicted to company. […]

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    Dancing Away the Sequins in Turkey

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    In many traditional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures women are responsible for ensuring the honour of the family. Men’s passions are uncontrollable and wild, and all women are Eve, the temptress with the apple. He cannot help but succumb so a man is never held responsible for his sexual behaviour. The guilt is attributed the […]

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    From Relatives to Absolutes in India

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    From Relatives to Absolutes in India Let me get straight to the point: leaving one’s home is an absolutely essential element in order to ‘feel free’. Let me get straight to another point: the above sentence makes a presumption that you already have a home. The context of home, independence and freedom is not absolute, […]

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    Leaving The DPRK

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    “Independence: A place that allows you to feel free” Leaving The DPRK We don’t often associate freedom with China; an authoritarian one party state which heavily censors the internet and the press, and highly restricts civil liberties.  China is not a very free country. Yet for me, arriving there in mid-February of 2014, it was […]

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    A Final Goodbye in Thailand

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    A Final Goodbye in Thailand Forks were a luxury in a place without toilets or running water. When your daily existence depends upon the secrecy of your location, survival itself takes precedence over dirty hands. I’d been living in Mae Hong Son province for three months, used to scooping up rice with a bare hand […]

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Aug
31

In Transit in Croatia

I’ve always loved liminal places – hotel rooms, airport terminals… The generic in-betweenness of them is non-threatening, like a closed door that excuses you from worrying, because you can’t see what’s on the other side. Those in-between places liberate you from commitment to before and after. They are a kind of purgatory, a space to […]

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Aug
31

Rural Relaxation in Malawi

My bones creaked and my body yelped in pain as I rolled over and reached for my phone, but instead of the ghostly display satisfying my desire to know the exact hour at all times of day and night, I found only an inanimate piece of plastic. I then remembered, with the aid of the […]

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Aug
30

On Motorbikes and Saviors in Thailand

There are 762 curves on the highway between Chiang Mai and Pai, Thailand, according to the postcards and stickers plastering walls of tourist shops in the sleepy valley town. Minibuses service the area daily, but as every backpacker worth his baggy fisherman pants will tell you, the best way to enjoy these hills is on […]

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Aug
30

Forgotten Thank Yous in India

When you are travelling to the North-East of India, you expect to be feasting your eyes on the snowcapped mountains, the sun rise and the greenery. You expect to wrap yourself in a stole while drinking that hot cup of coffee, bang in the middle of the month of June. You expect to visit all […]

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Aug
29

Mountain Freedom in Australia

The only time I feel free is when I am alone. But what does alone mean in this world? We can be on our own, yet our phone and computer lures us, tempting us with Facebook notifications, tweets, emails, and text messages. Despite most people needing solo time to recharge, we’ve become addicted to company. […]

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Aug
29

Dancing Away the Sequins in Turkey

In many traditional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures women are responsible for ensuring the honour of the family. Men’s passions are uncontrollable and wild, and all women are Eve, the temptress with the apple. He cannot help but succumb so a man is never held responsible for his sexual behaviour. The guilt is attributed the […]

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They Said

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Jul
21

The Fabled Montropolis Is Found: Jackson Hole

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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Jul
20

#LiveAndDine2014 Angeleno Magazine

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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Jul
2

NEWS: Writing for Wharton, Freedom Contest

From the LATEST We Said Go Travel NEWS: Thank you to Wharton Business Magazine for inviting me to write for them! Enjoy my first article: Content Marketing is Conquering Your Customers!! More articles coming SOON! Including one on Angel Investing and Venture Capital Funding. My latest article for the Jewish Journal is about DANCING TO DISCOVER FREEDOM! […]

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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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We Said

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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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May
28

Wandering in Tuscany this Summer!

Wondering where to Wander this Summer? It is nearly June and I am wondering where to go this summer. My very close friends from my days as Julie McCoy, Assistant Cruise Director on the Love Boat, invited me visit them in Sardinia. I have never been and I cannot wait to go. I am trying […]

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May
27

The Winners of the 2014 Inspiration Travel Writing Contest

Thank you to all the writers who participated in our 2014 Inspiration Travel Writing Contest! We hope you will share more stories with us. The 2014 Independence Travel Writing Contest opens today and closes July 4, 2014. Five hundred and five writers from fifty-five nations participated in this contest. Over one thousand writers from over seventy-four […]

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