For our two-night return to Tulamben in order for George to play with T WRECK, the live band at Warung Komang, we decided to stay at Bali-Spark Resort, little more than a year old. It sounded like a good deal on and looked fancy. We thought it was just past the last hotel in town but it’s actually located near the temple on the hill.  The setting is great – be sure to snorkel the drop-off – but the hotel does feel isolated from the restaurants in town.

Bali-Spark has an ocean view from the upstairs restaurant and should have a view of Agung, the highest mountain in Bali, but from the rear there is not not one window facing in the proper direction. I like pool views but would rather see a volcano!

I also was frustrated while getting this message about the free wifi: Could not join “SpeedUp_Hotspot_81D.” The owner did try several times to reset his hot spot but there was no Internet service during our stay. Apparently the fact that Agung is so high is why the Internet does not work! I also have to mention another friend’s comment about the stairs up to the second floor rooms and restaurant being steep. Each individual step is big and there is no railing. So be careful when the steps are wet!

Nearly every hotel’s sign says, “Free Wi-fi.” I am waiting for the next generation that says “FAST Wi-fi” or “Very Strong Signal Wi-fi.” I have been making lots of videos  but they upload so slowly that sometimes it takes 80 minutes to load a 4-minute video.

I am trying to learn how to compress files but have not figured that out yet. Does anyone have a suggestion, lesson or alternate program for me? I record in HD on a FLIP camera and then make the movies in iMovie. I export them to the desktop and then upload on our YouTube channel: WeSaidGoTravel. I would love your help!

Today we are off to Ubud for a ceremony. I have the camera and FLIP all charged up for this exciting event. Then we are supposed to meet the band in Amed for another great night of singing. Last night, I played drums for two songs while the Bass player, Yoyas, sang and played lead guitar. I had so much fun. This adventure is already full of surprises.

July 27, 2012


Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.7 million views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.7 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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