25 Nov 2012 Lisa in National Geographic!

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 royal family, we saw that the Puri Agung Ubud were building a bade (cremation tower) and an enormous twenty-foot papiermâché bull for a cremation ceremony for Prince Tjokorda Putra Dharma Yudha, so we decided to attend.

Johnny, a dive master and member of the local band, T-WRECK, told us we were lucky (b-ungtung in Balinese) to see such a large ceremony — or to see one at all. The last royal cremation occurred two years ago. Many of the locals we befriended in the diving meccas of Amed and Tulamben explained that they could not afford to attend but would have loved to join us on the big day.

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Lisa Niver

Lisa Niver is a travel expert, writer, artist, entrepreneur, and on-camera host who has explored 96 countries. Niver has established a following through her written and video content, garnering over one million video views on YouTube, Amazon Fire Tv and Roku. Niver is the founder of a top 100 travel blog, We Said Go Travel, that reaches more than 200,000 annually and is in the top 1/8 of the top 1% of all sites in the United States. In her tri-annual international travel writing competitions, she has published nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries. She was invited to the United Nations as a Champions of Humanity ambassador, to the red carpet at the Oscars with United Airlines and to New Orleans for a project with American Express and Starwood Hotels. Her recent stories include Dutch designer villas for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra and scuba diving in the Solomon Islands for Smithsonian. She also contributes to USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, the Jewish Journal and is verified on Twitter. Niver was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and a 2014 nominee for the Charles Bronfman Prize.

5 Comments
  • The Traveling Fool
    Posted at 12:37h, 25 November Reply

    Hey Congratulations that’s great. Great article also, I can see why they printed it.

  • Beth
    Posted at 13:43h, 28 November Reply

    Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. I enjoyed the youtube of the ceremonial Roya Cremation in Bali

    • Lisa Niver Rajna
      Posted at 04:18h, 30 November Reply

      Beth, Thanks for reading and commenting! Hope life in LA is ALL good! Lisa

  • Mike
    Posted at 16:09h, 17 December Reply

    That is a great achievement. Congrats for being part of the National Geographic! That is what most journalist dream and you’ve reach it. Keep up the great work. I’ve read your article about the cremation in Bali, Indonesia and it is really interesting. It is really worth reading. I’ll be sharing this to my friends.

    Mike

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