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    A Hungarian Adventure

    Sunday, November 23, 2014

    It has been a week now since I left Budapest. A busy week in which, however, I caught myself forgetting how scared and happy I was while living my Hungarian fairytale; how I struggled with finding my way around, memorizing in which utca (street) I lived, getting used to the fact that receiving auditory signals […]

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    Gratitude: King of Anything

    Sunday, November 23, 2014

    Share your story of strength and gratitude in my We Said Go Travel Writing Contest. WeSaidGoTravel.com invites you to enter its Travel Writing Contest with CASH prizes and no fee for entry. The theme for the Fall 2014 contest is “Gratitude: A Place That Inspires You to Feel Strong and Hopeful.” We hope your article will inspire others to travel more […]

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    Georgia O’Keefe Land: A Place that Allows You to Feel Strong

    Saturday, November 22, 2014

    GRATITUDE: A Place that Allows You to Feel Strong, Hopeful and Free.  Georgia O’Keeffe Land My fifty-fifth birthday, was full of gratitude: in a place that allowed me to feel strong, hopeful and free. It was a girls four day trip planned to Georgia O’Keeffe land. I was excited, had been smitten, and awe struck […]

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    USA Today: Rodeo Drive Shopping in Beverly Hills

    Saturday, November 22, 2014

    Thank you to USA Today 10best for sharing my article about Shopping on Rodeo Drive! Style and Los Angeles go hand in hand. One must-visit shopping spot here is the three blocks of Rodeo Drive, one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. Located in Beverly Hills, this section you are seeking is between […]

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    Napa Valley Grille: 3 P’s of Thanksgiving!

    Friday, November 21, 2014

    Napa Valley Grille in Westwood is ready to assist you for Thanksgiving! Just remember the 3 Ps: Pre-order, Pick up & Pretend!  Seriously the food is delicious and everything is homemade from the exquisite sourdough bread to the olive tapanade. Don’t miss out on simply grilled fish like a whole branzino and Prime London Sirloin […]

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    Wharton Business Magazine: Brandish My Gaming Badges

    Friday, November 21, 2014

    Wharton Business Magazine: “One standout performance was by contributor Lisa Ellen Niver C89, whose latest blog tweet reached 4.1 million people.” (From Editor-in-Chief, Matthew Brodsky) How Empire Avenue Taught Me to Brandish My Gaming Badges For most of my life, I have not considered myself into games. I was never good at Pong, and was there […]

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    A Camel Named Sky in Austria

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    My life changed the night I met a camel named Sky. We met as I led him from the trailer in which he crossed the German border, under an Austrian winter darkness blank to heat and shattered with stars. I arrived at the camel farm, in the miniscule town of Eintental, Austria, around midnight. Gerda, […]

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    USA Today: The Nest at WP24 @TheRitzCarlton

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    The Nest at WP24: Food for the Gods at The Ritz-Carlton Discover tantalizing treats with one of the best views in Los Angeles By Lisa Niver Los Angeles Local ExpertOCTOBER 28, 2014 SAVE TO MY LISTS+ In Los Angeles, your dining choices are as varied as the stars in the sky. Choose to spend your evening […]

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    In the Footsteps of the Argyll in Malaysia

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    I never knew Great Uncle Ron.  He was killed in Malaya (as it then was) in 1941, serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.  But the very mention of his name to any of the older members of the family would elicit the same response.  Verbatim.  “You would have loved, Ron.”  He had suffered from […]

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    Leaving the Comfort Behind in Thailand

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    Leaving the Comfort Behind in Thailand My Thai taxi driver and I zoomed down the highway from the airport at record breaking speeds. Passing through tollbooths so fast that if you blinked, you’d miss the exchange of money. There wasn’t much to see out the window, so I attempted a conversation with the driver. He […]

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Nov
23

A Hungarian Adventure

It has been a week now since I left Budapest. A busy week in which, however, I caught myself forgetting how scared and happy I was while living my Hungarian fairytale; how I struggled with finding my way around, memorizing in which utca (street) I lived, getting used to the fact that receiving auditory signals […]

Read More
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Nov
22

Georgia O’Keefe Land: A Place that Allows You to Feel Strong

GRATITUDE: A Place that Allows You to Feel Strong, Hopeful and Free.  Georgia O’Keeffe Land My fifty-fifth birthday, was full of gratitude: in a place that allowed me to feel strong, hopeful and free. It was a girls four day trip planned to Georgia O’Keeffe land. I was excited, had been smitten, and awe struck […]

Read More
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Nov
20

A Camel Named Sky in Austria

My life changed the night I met a camel named Sky. We met as I led him from the trailer in which he crossed the German border, under an Austrian winter darkness blank to heat and shattered with stars. I arrived at the camel farm, in the miniscule town of Eintental, Austria, around midnight. Gerda, […]

Read More
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Nov
19

In the Footsteps of the Argyll in Malaysia

I never knew Great Uncle Ron.  He was killed in Malaya (as it then was) in 1941, serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.  But the very mention of his name to any of the older members of the family would elicit the same response.  Verbatim.  “You would have loved, Ron.”  He had suffered from […]

Read More
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Nov
18

Leaving the Comfort Behind in Thailand

Leaving the Comfort Behind in Thailand My Thai taxi driver and I zoomed down the highway from the airport at record breaking speeds. Passing through tollbooths so fast that if you blinked, you’d miss the exchange of money. There wasn’t much to see out the window, so I attempted a conversation with the driver. He […]

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Nov
17

Cemented Cultures in Sarajevo, Bosnia

I arrive in Sarajevo knowing practically nothing about it. Tired and disorientated, my friend and I joke that it must be a decent place to visit since Bosnia and Herzegovina has competed in the Eurovision. Disembarking the rickety train from Serbia, we have no map, but the name and reservation number of a hostel. Amna, […]

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They Said

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Mar
7

The Wilderness of No Regrets in the United States

Although I’m sure that for some people there is one place that comes to mind when they think about where they would wish to spend their time, that statement simply isn’t true for me. There are far too many incredible sights to see even in our small corner of the world. For now I spend […]

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Mar
6

My Mind, I Took It Home to Korea

I have never been celebrated Winter in my life. I am from Indonesia, a very tropical country with never ending summer. Truthfully the idea of having winter is always on my mind. I always want to go to Iceland or even Greenland just to feel some winter euphoria. Then, I decided to go to South […]

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Mar
6

Memories galore on the beach in India

A mélange of emotions, potpourri of feelings, intellectual discussions to the usual female characterized jibber jabber, unrestrained gastronomic delights, spiked with the sense of liberation all jam-packed in one weekend. An impromptu decision to break free from the week-long monotonous life and to explore something new had us booking tickets to Gokarna. Gokarna, a small […]

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Mar
6

Spain: Glorious Granada – The Albaycin and The Alhambra

While visiting Spain, I found myself with two extra days between my visit to Ribera del Duero in the north and Sevilla in the south.  There were so many places that I wanted to go as I hadn’t been to Spain in many many years. Looking at the map, Granada seemed like the perfect place […]

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We Said

Mar
11

Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning

Here is the beginning of my review of Marc Prensky’s book: Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning.  Reading Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning by Marc Prensky was a fantastic experience. This book details the importance of real learning is our students. As a teacher, I am always looking to share connections with […]

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Mar
4

Profiles in International Education: Lisa Niver Rajna

Dr. Jessie Voights interviewed me for the Profiles in International Education Section on her site Wandering Educators. Read about me on Wandering Educators! Here is the beginning of the Interview: Lisa Niver Rajna is our Geography Awareness Editor, a world traveler, and a science teacher in Los Angeles, California. Think that science isn’t international? Think […]

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Mar
4

International Educator: Lisa Niver Rajna

Dr. Jessie Voights interviewed me for the Profiles in International Education Section on her site Wandering Educators. Read about me on Wandering Educators! Here is the beginning of the Interview: Lisa Niver Rajna is our Geography Awareness Editor, a world traveler, and a science teacher in Los Angeles, California. Think that science isn’t international? Think […]

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Feb
29

Candy Creation Contest!

SWEET CONCOCTION CONTEST! Love candy and like to cook? Enter ODYSSEY‘s contest in the February 2012 “Candy: Sweet Science” issue and you might win a super sweet prize! First, read up on the science of concocting candy: *from “Making New Candy Concoctions” By Anna M. Lewis To be a candy inventor, you need to be […]

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