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Bali, Indonesia Inspires


BALI INSPIRES Landing at the airport, the pagoda columns seem to welcome and herald visitors to behold the natural and man-made wonders of Bali the picturesque island in Indonesia. While the majority of Indonesia’s people are Muslim, in Bali, more than ninety percent professes the Hindu faith of its ancestors. By the end of the […]

Dream Beach in Bali, Indonesia


I am a 26 year old woman and my mother still lectures me about the dangerous consequences of trusting strangers. In fact it’s what television shows, schoolteachers and loving mothers have been teaching their children for decades. Luckily, I never paid attention in school and didn’t always follow my mama’s advice. And I’m not alone. […]

From Legian With Love on the Beach in Indonesia


I was in love the moment I laid eyes on the beach. It was beautiful and warm, and strangely magical too. I know it sounds like a cliché, but I have never felt so at home in all my life. As John F. Kennedy once said “We are tied to the ocean. And when we […]

Balinese Smile


They crept up the path holding one hundred pound sacks of rice on their heads, dark forearms glistening in the late afternoon sun. The elderly man approached first, maneuvering around the two motorbikes we had parked on the hill’s gravelly shoulder. The two women followed, eyeing us curiously. I removed my backpack and stretched my […]

Indonesia: A Quiet Gratefulness of Mt Agung

On top of Agung

“If she can do it, I’m sure I can,” I answered, cockily. Bagon, a Balinese friend I had made along the way had asked if I was sure I could climb the mountain- finish the 6-hour trek to the top of mighty Mt. Agung, the tallest volcano in Bali at 3,142M and the 5th highest […]

Finding Built-in Zen and a Babysitter in Bali


There seemed to be no strangers in Bali. Locals on the streets of Ubud waved to us, shopkeepers gave us free fruit and beautiful dancers in ornate gold headdresses invited us up on stage with them. We even flew kites with Balinese boys at a beach in Sanur. It helped that Kurt and I had […]

Negara, Bali – Land of exiles and daughters


An obscure village of 200,000 on the west coast of Bali, Negara is where my father was born. It is a country of fertile paddies that climb hills in elegant, terraced steps and spread out seemingly forever until they kiss the sea. I had only heard its name mentioned a handful of times. In idle […]

One Year Later: Cruising Around Asia

Lisa and George in July 2012 leaving Los Angeles to begin an adventure in Asia

One year ago on July 1, 2012, George and I stepped on a plane to Bali to continue a journey from before we were married. In 2008-2009, we took a sabbatical in Asia. While we were away, I lost nearly sixty pounds; we got engaged underwater in Koh Lipe, Thailand and visited twelve countries in […]

Top Four Snorkel Sites in Northern Bali


Thank you to Andrea from Inspiring Travellers for posting my article about TOP SNORKEL SITES in Northern Bali!   The article begins: Snorkeling and scuba diving are two of my favorite adventures to experience while traveling. Having been to over 100 countries, I have had ample opportunity to see amazing sites underwater. When I say […]

Lisa in National Geographic!

Lisa on Nat Geo

Thank you to National Geographic for posting my article on the Royal Cremation in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia! The article begins: By Lisa Niver Rajna To kick off our year-long trek through Southeast Asia, my husband and I spent two months exploring the Indonesian island of Bali with no set itinerary. While in the town of Ubud, home of the Balinese […]