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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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    Supreme Influence: Join Niurka in Los Angeles October 11, 2014

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    Are you ready for transformation? As Niurka says, “Often the very thing that challenges you is where the greatest gift resides for your evolution.” See her in person in Los Angeles for a one-day session October 11, 2014 or join her for a several day conference in Joshua Tree. Niurka recently asked a Los Angeles […]

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    Thatta Girl! Lets go to Germany!

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    “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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    Marvelous Malaysia: Housesitting in Langkawi

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    While sitting in our guesthouse in Fortuna, Costa Rica last Fall, I was imagining our upcoming trip to Volcan Arenal when I found a housesitting assignment in Langkawi, Malaysia in the Caretakers Gazette. After nearly a year and a half on the road, staying in one place for three weeks sounded like heaven.  I wrote […]

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    5 Reasons to Buy Insurance When Going on a Cruise

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    Booked your dream cruise and excited to go? Remember to take out travel insurance for a cruise holiday. A cruise is undeniably a great vacation option as it normally offers a relaxed itinerary with many opportunities to explore different places during the stops on the way. More often than not, the cost of a cruise […]

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Latest Writing Contest Entries

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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 […]

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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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Sep
15

Finding Heart In Borneo, Indonesia

The rally had gone late. It was dark and raining hard. Two tiny women crouched in the bow of the narrow canoe with a headlamp, peering into the darkness. Every few minutes one would holler and pound the side of the boat with an open palm, helping our host, who was driving, to avoid the […]

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Sep
14

The Potters Village in Mexico

The Potters Village The two-lane paved road rises and falls, twists and turns like a dangling rope through the rugged Chihuahua hill country. “Amazing that one of Mexico’s most famous potters lives out here,” says my friend Dick Davis. Shimmering in the stark desert light is the village of Mata Ortiz, the home of Mexico’s […]

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Sep
14

A Little Help from the French

As a Canadian undergraduate student, chances for traveling to Europe are hard to come by; and so I jumped at the opportunity to tackle an exchange in Ireland for the spring semester of 2014. My experience abroad gave me a new confidence in my traveling abilities and an increased sense of wanderlust that propelled my […]

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They Said

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Aug
10

100+ Countries in A Lifetime: Interviewed by @MappingMegan

Thank you to Mapping Megan for interviewing me for her fantastic travel site. Read the full interview “100+ Countries in a Lifetime” by clicking here. A few questions to get you intrigued: How has travel enriched your life? Travel has shaped my life. I went on a teen tour to Israel, which inspired me to study in […]

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Aug
6

2014 Israel – Gaza Conflict: Twitter Sentiment Analysis by MasterMineDS

Digital War [Publisher's Note: This article arrived yesterday August 5, 2014, but is being published on August 6, 2014] Today at 8AM a cease fire has been declared in operation Protective Edge. The public discussion over the operation, however, will stay with us for a long time. Public opinion is one of the key influence factors on countries and […]

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betsy and lisa
Aug
5

La Ventura: Modern Mexican Food Melts in Your Mouth

La Ventura: Modern Mexican Food Melts in Your Mouth I had the opportunity to experience Jeffrey Saad‘s new restaurant, La Ventura, on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City last night. “[Saad's] insatiable appetite for ingredients and flavors and encyclopedic knowledge of spices allows him to create ‘food without borders.’” I fully enjoyed everything and highly recommend you […]

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Aug
5

August Views on WSGT

From the latest WSGT news: This August there are many views to pay attention to: My Wharton article, Harnessing YouTube Marketing Power, was the MOST POPULAR POST on the site for over a week! Next article on Venture Capital Funding. We Said Go Travel on YouTube is at nearly 240,000 views so probably one month away from […]

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We Said

Jun
23

Find Freedom! Tell Your Story

Where do you find FREEDOM? Share your story in the WSGT Independence Travel Writing Contest Thank you to the winners and all the participants in the Inspiration Travel Writing Contest. Thank you for reading, commenting and being in our community! I hope you will be inspired to join in our Summer 2014 Independence Writing Contest! The entries so […]

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Lisa and Barb LOVE
Jun
8

Ready for a Risk? IndependenceTravel Writing Contest is OPEN!

FROM JUNE NEWS: Thank you to our winners and all the participants in theInspiration Travel Writing Contest. Enjoy all the entries. Thank you for reading, commenting and being in our community! I hope you will be inspired to join in our Summer 2014 Independence Writing Contest! BE BRAVE! TAKE A RISK! Share a story in our Independence […]

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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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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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