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  • Lisa Niver 10 best usa today 3 articles march 2015

    USA TODAY: Barton G. in Los Angeles: Play with Your Food

    Thursday, March 5, 2015

    Barton G. in Los Angeles: Play with Your Food Bring your celebration here for incredible edible creations with top service and style By Lisa Niver Los Angeles Local ExpertFEBRUARY 4, 2015 Barton G. is fine dining joined with fun dining. After years of success on South Beach in Florida, the restaurant created by Barton G. Weiss is […]

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    “Brindisi,” Italy: Blood and Sacrifice Part 3

    Thursday, March 5, 2015

    Italy: Blood and Sacrifice Part 3 (Read Part I) How many of you have asked yourself if you could go back and do it all over again it would be different, it would be better. How could you be so dumb and make those mistakes? You would have achieved your life long dream, your happiness. […]

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    The Cost of Sanity: A Bottle of Sprite in Honduras

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    When our cruise ship docked at Roatan—a small island off the coast of Honduras—I naively assumed my five coworkers and I were about to put on our explorer hats, don our khakis proudly, and head out on an adventure full of slithering, poisonous snakes, hikes up serpentine trails to ancient ruins, and run-ins with shrewd […]

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    Hope in the Dust in Uganda

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    Orange Dust. That is all I could see through those dirt streaked windows of the small truck five of us were stuffed in. The thick, orange dust that hung over that anonymous African highway dimmed the light of the setting sun.  Our only company was the dark shadows of bodies and trucks moving down that […]

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    The Moorings Restaurant in Kenya

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

      I had made up my mind not to visit eateries along the coastal region because of the lousy service provided in some of them. I assumed they were all the same until I visited The Moorings Restaurant at a friend’s request, and was bowled over by the level of service and quality of food. […]

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    Glacier National Park

    Monday, March 2, 2015

    The mountains stand as majestic sentinels over the land, and the mountain goats are everyday yard pets. Many Glacier Valley is filled with a series of deep, rich glacial lakes, and on one stands a giant brown hotel. Many Glacier Hotel, built in 1914, sits at the base of Mount Allen, hugging the shores of […]

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    Leagues of water in Venezuela

    Monday, March 2, 2015

          You cannot really tell how immense the sea is when you are looking at it from the beach, you know is huge, is right there in front of you, expanding for miles and you know that when you go to it you cannot just keep on walking inside it since eventually you […]

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    Salt Water and Fears in the USA

    Monday, March 2, 2015

    Salt Water and Fears in the USA Cole and I strolled down the side of the highway with our thumbs pointing out and our backpacks weighing us down. The salty air was caressing my face and the warm wind enveloped me, gently assuring me I was in the right place. The humidity was thick and […]

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    Ambitious Adventurer in Sierra Leone

    Sunday, March 1, 2015

    Your contemporary shoe fervently feels the comfort of the bumpy uneven street ground establishing an intimate connection that you hope will be everlasting. You are stood on top of the ground – a ground reflecting that of it’s people, a ground so sturdy it resembles its state, a ground so mighty it hints its experiences, […]

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    From Row A on the Red Carpet: @United #FilmFriendly

    Sunday, March 1, 2015

    From Row A on the Red Carpet with United #FilmFriendly Bloggers 2015 the 87th Academy Awards #LosAngeles Video: From Row A on the Red Carpet Our day started at 10:30am with check-in at security. We had all had criminal background checks in order to be on the list. Maybelline offered makeovers and manicures during the […]

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Mar
4

The Cost of Sanity: A Bottle of Sprite in Honduras

When our cruise ship docked at Roatan—a small island off the coast of Honduras—I naively assumed my five coworkers and I were about to put on our explorer hats, don our khakis proudly, and head out on an adventure full of slithering, poisonous snakes, hikes up serpentine trails to ancient ruins, and run-ins with shrewd […]

Read More
2015-01-30_54cbd37270d50_dancing.jpg
Mar
3

Hope in the Dust in Uganda

Orange Dust. That is all I could see through those dirt streaked windows of the small truck five of us were stuffed in. The thick, orange dust that hung over that anonymous African highway dimmed the light of the setting sun.  Our only company was the dark shadows of bodies and trucks moving down that […]

Read More
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Mar
3

The Moorings Restaurant in Kenya

  I had made up my mind not to visit eateries along the coastal region because of the lousy service provided in some of them. I assumed they were all the same until I visited The Moorings Restaurant at a friend’s request, and was bowled over by the level of service and quality of food. […]

Read More
2015-01-28_54c9431a6cf50_allen.jpg
Mar
2

Glacier National Park

The mountains stand as majestic sentinels over the land, and the mountain goats are everyday yard pets. Many Glacier Valley is filled with a series of deep, rich glacial lakes, and on one stands a giant brown hotel. Many Glacier Hotel, built in 1914, sits at the base of Mount Allen, hugging the shores of […]

Read More
2015-01-29_54cabbb03eb99_Leaguesofwater.jpg
Mar
2

Leagues of water in Venezuela

      You cannot really tell how immense the sea is when you are looking at it from the beach, you know is huge, is right there in front of you, expanding for miles and you know that when you go to it you cannot just keep on walking inside it since eventually you […]

Read More
2015-01-30_54cb0360cffd7_kauai.jpg
Mar
2

Salt Water and Fears in the USA

Salt Water and Fears in the USA Cole and I strolled down the side of the highway with our thumbs pointing out and our backpacks weighing us down. The salty air was caressing my face and the warm wind enveloped me, gently assuring me I was in the right place. The humidity was thick and […]

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We Said

Michae Wigge How to Travel the world for FREE
Jul
29

Travel the World for FREE? or is it BARTER?

Can you really travel the world for FREE? Seems unbelievable.  Here is how my review of Michael Wigge’s book, How to Travel the World for Free begins: Michael Wigge’s book cover (How to Travel the World for Free) says, “I did it and you can do it, too!” Having spent a year traveling in SE […]

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Jul
26

The Viceroy, Luxury Hotel and A Gem in Santa Monica

There’s a gem on Ocean Ave, only steps from the beach. As the website says (and we agree): “Find an exceptional luxury hotel in the Viceroy Santa Monica, the finest California beach hotel offering exceptional accommodations & an ideal location.” Our outdoors evening event, held at the Viceroy, was tasty and enjoyable. Chef Justin explained […]

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Meet Plan Go: Stop Dreaming Start Packing!
Jul
23

Not Wasting Time: Meet Plan Go Career Break Style

  In October 2011, George and I were the hosts for Meet Plan Go Los Angeles, part of 17 cities hosting events about Career Breaks, Mini-Retirements and Long Term Travel. We had traveled for nearly a year in 2008-9 and this month we left again for at least a year. Meet Plan Go National recently […]

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PACTO Indonesia Team welcomes you!
Jul
22

Is Bali Ready for YOU? What will you do?

We asked Suryani about people who have never been to Indonesia and might be concerned about conditions there. She said, “For the guests who have never come to Bali before, please tell them we have professional tour guides on all our package tours. Once they arrive at the airport, the professional guide will explain all […]

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