18 Nov Terrorized By My Bicycle in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Terrorized By A Bike — 5 years Before I’m 50

“I did this to myself,” I mumbled. I kept thinking, “This is my fault. I am stuck on this bike in this heat in Bagan to celebrate my big birthday. I chose this. I must be crazy.” I wondered, “Why am I torturing myself? Are we having fun yet?” George, my happy husband, seemed so calm and collected on his bike. I wanted to be an intrepid traveler and young at heart but turning 45 made me wonder: “Am I too old for adventure? Do I need to get off the road and settle down? What will the next five years bring?”

Certain birthdays give us the chance to take stock. Have we met our goals? Where are we? As I map out where I want to go on this, my sabbatical year, I wonder in the next five years where will we go?

For the last six years, George and I have talked about traveling in Myanmar together. Now we were here for my 45th birthday and I hated it. I hated the heat. The bike. Even myself for choosing this terrorizing trauma as a gift to myself.

Who would bike in 104 degree heat at midday to see old rocks? What had I done? It seemed smart back in Los Angeles when we met online. I first saw the Schwedagon Pagoda in 2001 during a 50-day cruise from Athens to Bangkok. Seeing the Schwedagon Pagoda at sunset and then at night is one of my most special and enduring memories from seven years of working at sea like Julie McCoy on “The Love Boat.”

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Lisa Niver

Lisa Niver is a travel expert, writer, artist, entrepreneur, and on-camera host who has explored over 95 countries. Niver has established a following through her written and video content, garnering nearly one million video views on YouTube, Amazon Fire Tv, Amazon Short Video and Roku. Also the founder of a top 100 travel blog, We Said Go Travel, she has created eleven international travel writing competitions and published nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries. Lisa’s approach blends her world-class travels in an entertaining and educational style. She has contributed to USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, Yahoo Travel, The Huffington Post, the Jewish Journal, Sheknows and National Geographic, among others. Niver is verified on Twitter and was listed by Klout as the #1 Expert in Travel Writing. She was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and a 2014 nominee for the Charles Bronfman Prize.

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