Lisa in National Geographic!

Lisa on Nat Geo

25 Nov 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 Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 100 countries. Niver is the creator of popular travel website, We Said Go Travel, a top 100 travel blog with monthly reach of tens of thousands and with international travel writing contests publishing over 1600 writers from 75 countries. She is an on camera host, with segments on ABC, NBC, CBS and Orbitz original web series. She is a published author of a memoir, Traveling in Sin, and is a regular contributor for USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, The Huffington Post, the Jewish Journal and National Geographic sharing stories of culture and meaning.