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    Alma Del Barrio: First Annual Salsa Fest this Sunday

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    Life is better when you dance, so come dance SUNDAY OCTOBER 26, 2014 @ The Lawton Plaza, adjacent to LMU Library with four top LA Bands: Jose “Perico” Hernandez y Son de la Tierra Cal State LA Afro-Latin Ensemble The Echo Park Project Son Mayor FREE Lesson 11:20-11:50am with 8x world champion Cristian Oviedo You […]

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    All to catch a glimpse of an Arctic sunset

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

     All to catch a glimpse of an Arctic sunset The last time I excitedly went into a rant about the race, 78° North and how incredible it’s going to be (whilst on crutches) a mountain guide replied “you can forget about it”. Something I was refusing to consider, never mind accept. Well that was it.I thought that choosing a […]

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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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    Holiday in an English Cottage in a Quaint Village

    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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Oct
21

All to catch a glimpse of an Arctic sunset

 All to catch a glimpse of an Arctic sunset The last time I excitedly went into a rant about the race, 78° North and how incredible it’s going to be (whilst on crutches) a mountain guide replied “you can forget about it”. Something I was refusing to consider, never mind accept. Well that was it.I thought that choosing a […]

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2014-10-10_54382d4ed64fd_EmeraldPoolslowerwaterfalls.jpg
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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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They Said

Alaska Cruise
Sep
15

5 Reasons to Buy Insurance When Going on a Cruise

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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Sep
14

Hunza, Pakistan: The Lady Finger Peak

  “Pakistan is one of the most plundered countries whose riches and potential yet awaits to be discovered”, remarked my driver-cum- guide as we took leave from Eagle nest- the hotel where I had spent the night. I had traveled all the way from Islamabad to Gilgit –Baltistan, the newly formed province in North Pakistan […]

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Amsterdam Canals
Sep
12

8 Top Things to See in the Netherlands

Vivid images of colorful countryside and rustic villages come to mind when the Netherlands is mentioned. It is a stark contrast to the other highly urbanized places in Europe, and is a delight to visit for those looking for a more relaxed atmosphere. Not to be missed are the following: 1. The Canals of Amsterdam […]

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Sep
4

Fall Hiking around Park City

Have you ever returned to a place from childhood and felt like it was bigger? Park City, Utah is a place that you can visit all year round and enjoy in every season. I am always happy to return and every time I make new discoveries of what to do and where to stay. Since […]

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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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