Adventure Around the Corner: New York City Style


Article first published as Adventure Around the Corner: New York City Style on Technorati.

beginIn New York City for Bar Mitzvah Dos, we met Agnes, an event painter, working at the incredible party planned to celebrate the Jewish ritual to bring my nephew to adulthood.  Watching her create an oil painting of our family and friends, an art piece to treasure; I began to think about how we all paint ourselves into our lives. Are you in the place in your life where you want to be? Who would be painted in next to you? What would you be doing?

Recently watching LOST, the Television show,  several characters state: “Everyone gets a new life on this island. Maybe it’s time you start yours.” So I started thinking, what is keeping any of us from starting a new chapter in our lives? From taking that next trip or changing jobs or whatever risk you are contemplating?

Maybe you want some advice from someone older who can tell you, don’t miss out on any opportunity especially for travel. Did you know you can write to Elder Wisdom Circle, for advice from volunteers ages 60-105, a sort of rent-a-grandparent but for free and with no biological ties or guilt.

 Reading Rita Golden Gelman‘s Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World while we were in Sri Lanka last summer reminded me of the episode of LOST. She changed her life and traveled as a nomad for fifteen years; in her book she states: “I am free to live by the standards and ideals and rules I create for myself.” I hope that for my nephew on the verge of adulthood and for myself and all of you, that we can all learn to create a full life, a painting that includes all of us creating  our best lives.

If you are on the Upper West side, you can feel as if you have traveled to may countries, do not miss
Land Thai Kitchen with very authentic and fantastic Thai food. The trip by subway to Peter Luger Steakhouse – “Rated New York No. 1 Steak House for 24 years in a row! Ssssssssizzzzzzlllllle!!!!!!” was nearly heart stopping. The steak was great, but don’t plan a cholesterol test for six months after you eat there!

peterWe also went to the amazing Rosa Mexicano, “Just steps away from Lincoln Center, this impressive David Rockwell-designed space features a 30-foot iridescent blue tile water wall that spans both levels of the restaurant and is adorned with 240 miniature cliff divers.”

All of these places and our time with family and friends, made the journey worthwhile. I would definitely have Agnes paint all the people we saw into the canvas that represents our lives.

We walked through the snow around the corner to the Colombus Cafe. There were 3 young men behind the counter from Yemen speaking Arabic; we had a nice conversation with them about Yemen, Soquatra, a tiny island off the coast, and words in Moroccan Arabic and Arabic. If you only join in, there are travel adventures around every corner.

finsihed paintingSeveral people have recently asked us for advice: how did you take a year off? How did your blog get 13,000 views in 6 months? Where will you go next? Where should I go next?

We love your questions and cannot wait to share more. Please keep writing to us and think about who would be included in the painting of your life, I hope you are in the center doing something fantastic!

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 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. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.

4 responses to “Adventure Around the Corner: New York City Style

  1. We love hearing from you!

    From SM "Fun…. now really go "just around the corner" …getting reacquainted with the neighborhood! Hw often we forget all the wonderful things in our own back yard? xo"


  2. More comments I like to hear:

    From FN "Very impressive article; you are getting really good at this!!!"

    Thanks so much!

  3. I really do like ALL your comments!

    From JP "Always, always interesting and fun. And to think these are places I might actually go!

    Semi colon rules: must have a full sentence, subject and verb, on each side of the semi colon. You have dependent clause leading to main clause. Needs only a comma.

    Love from a never-ending English teacher,"

    I will remember that!

  4. Every one would like to go their and want to visit these beautiful places in the New York. Therefore I would definitely like to go there. And hence we would have lot enjoyment there.

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