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    Canada: Freedom in open air

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    I’d been living in a place of winter, of summer snows and spring shadows. Edmonton is a place where dreamers fall into reality, shave away their hearts on sleeves and hibernate in economic security and bored fantasies. At least, that’s what it was to me. Life on the road left me broke and with nothing. […]

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    The elusive Room 27 at Planet Baobab, Botswana

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    “Makgadikgadi? I asked what was out there, and they said ‘Nothing-only idiots go there.’ I thought fine, that’s the place for me.” Jack Bousfield, 1963 It was indeed this quote by the famous hunter, adventurer and safari operator, Jack Bousfield that convinced us to plan the most memorable breakaway imaginable. A Saturday in June marked […]

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    Pattaya, Thailand: Down-to-earth

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

    The rain has finally stopped. As Hannah helps me with my harness, she turns to the stormy sky, smiles and says, “Lucky you. It’s a beautiful weather to skydive.” Indeed it is. Weights of grey clouds hang high in the sky of Pattaya, but the lustrous blue sky behind them are yearning to break through. […]

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    The Musings of a Backpacker in Australia

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    The Musings of a Backpacker in Canada There are many things that I have come to realize throughout the last few months of travels. Things that under normal circumstances, surrounded by familiarity and comforts, one would likely never think about. With everything I need stuffed indecently into my 75 liter backpack – spontaneity is no […]

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    Flamingos in the Atacama Desert of Chile

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    I knew flamingos were pink and I knew flamingos were big – it wasn’t until viewing them in the wild at Laguna de Chaxa in Reserva Nacional “Los Flamencos”  did I realize what a large and gangly bird they are. Their necks look like a crooked drain pipe. Compared to a blue heron or a Canadian […]

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    PRAMBANAN TEMPLE COMPOUNDS: IN HUMBLE DEFENSE TO HINDUISM

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    Prambanan temple compounds came in as one of the first world heritage sites of Indonesia in 1991. This site was inscribed under two criteria: as a masterpiece of human creative genius, and as an outstanding example of an architectural ensemble that represents a significant stage in human history (i.e., spread of Hinduism in the East). It happens to […]

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    Heroes Take Flight in the USA

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    Break Me Push Me I’d love to see you try We may fall But we can get back up We can be pushed alongside the edge But we can watch our steps We can endure Hell And still have a Smirk on our face We are the fallen, We are the beaten We are the […]

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    A Morning Wake Up Call in Italy

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    An Early Morning Wake Up Call “Even Jesus was not glorified in his own place but rather judged. “ -Unknown   It has always been a struggle to prove oneself from where you’re from, people tend to overlook what  known you can do because they’ve known you for so long to remember your mistakes but […]

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    @RitzCarlton #LosAngeles: Turn Your Daycation into a Residence!

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Have you ever wondering where to spend a day in Los Angeles that makes you feel so refreshed and renewed it is like a week’s holiday? Spend your Daycation at the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles and feel revived! I toured around L.A. LIVE and Staples Center with my umbrella. I think it was 100 degrees […]

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    A Day in Bordeaux, France

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    The image in my head of Bordeaux was stuffy, snooty and uptight. I would think of the cost of First Growth Bordeaux and the pretense of collectors I have met over the years. But, when I stepped foot in Bordeaux, it was not at all what I expected. Bordeaux is a vibrant, exciting city thanks […]

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Sep
22

Canada: Freedom in open air

I’d been living in a place of winter, of summer snows and spring shadows. Edmonton is a place where dreamers fall into reality, shave away their hearts on sleeves and hibernate in economic security and bored fantasies. At least, that’s what it was to me. Life on the road left me broke and with nothing. […]

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Sep
21

Pattaya, Thailand: Down-to-earth

The rain has finally stopped. As Hannah helps me with my harness, she turns to the stormy sky, smiles and says, “Lucky you. It’s a beautiful weather to skydive.” Indeed it is. Weights of grey clouds hang high in the sky of Pattaya, but the lustrous blue sky behind them are yearning to break through. […]

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Sep
20

The Musings of a Backpacker in Australia

The Musings of a Backpacker in Canada There are many things that I have come to realize throughout the last few months of travels. Things that under normal circumstances, surrounded by familiarity and comforts, one would likely never think about. With everything I need stuffed indecently into my 75 liter backpack – spontaneity is no […]

Read More
2014-09-12_5413650f6cbba_10616165_828174027223526_1212964770845705712_n.jpg
Sep
19

Heroes Take Flight in the USA

Break Me Push Me I’d love to see you try We may fall But we can get back up We can be pushed alongside the edge But we can watch our steps We can endure Hell And still have a Smirk on our face We are the fallen, We are the beaten We are the […]

Read More
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Sep
18

A Morning Wake Up Call in Italy

An Early Morning Wake Up Call “Even Jesus was not glorified in his own place but rather judged. “ -Unknown   It has always been a struggle to prove oneself from where you’re from, people tend to overlook what  known you can do because they’ve known you for so long to remember your mistakes but […]

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Sep
16

Thatta Girl! Lets go to Germany!

“How many pesetas?” “They don’t use pesetas anymore. Euros only.” The future lawyer rolled her eyes and placed coins in the machine. It spat out a ticket. “Oh.” I didn’t realize I’d said it out loud. I picked through the money I’d recently exchanged. How much? My friend Jessie snatched my change purse and plucked […]

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They Said

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Sep
2

#MinaMoments: Bourbon Steakhouse in Glendale

I was excited to be invited to Bourbon Steakhouse in Glendale which opened only five months ago. Chef Michael Mina and his collection of fine restaurants have won so many awards; I could not wait to see what it would be like. I enjoyed starting the evening with the special bubbly from White Horse which […]

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Lisa Ellen Niver
Aug
31

#TasteLA: Enjoying Field to Fork 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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Aug
26

Perfect Autumn City Break: London

As a budget traveler, ever since my very first independent trip, I’ve started to learn how to keep my costs down while still affording to travel. I’ve been traveling since I was in University and at that time my only source of money was the freelance work I would do (translations and ghost-writing). Shoulder season […]

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Aug
22

Hollywood: The NICE GUY is OPEN!

What is The NICE GUY? The latest bar lounge hybrid experience from John Tezian, Brian Toll, Markus Molinari and Adam Koral of The h.wood Group. John Terzian says, “This is [The h.wood group's] first venture into a restaurant/lounge concept, it was an organic step for our brand, we created a fun and upscale lounge atmosphere […]

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We Said

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Jul
28

Most Popular Post: @WhartonMagazine! #video #marketing

Thank you to Wharton Business Magazine for publishing my story: Harnessing YouTube Marketing Power It is the MOST POPULAR POST on the site right now! When Junior Mapesone commented, “That’s in front of my house in Manono,” on one of my first travel videos from Samoa, my first thought was, “Wow! Someone watched my video!” […]

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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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