Penn Quakers Pounce and Reality TV Saves Lives

Penn Quakers Pounce and Reality TV Saves Lives Author: Lisa Niver Rajna, CAS’89 Studying at the University of Pennsylvania, I learned fast and worked hard. As my studies focused on science and liberal arts, I never took a class in finance even though The Wharton School is renowned the world over for business. While watching Shark … Continued

Birthday in New York

Birthday in New York, NY The trip to New York was a present to me on my fiftieth birthday and a good enough excuse to be extravagant so I booked my stay at a popular expensive hotel in Times Square, the pulsating hub of Manhattan. Over weeks, I’d been jotting entries in my red notebook … Continued

Malaysia: Driving Blind in Kuala Lumpur

We drove to Kuala Lumpur so we could catch a flight to China the next morning. There was no point in staying at an expensive hotel in the city centre. The Family Hotel in Klang was a little old, but the shabby flooring and fixtures were clean. I had arranged to meet a friend at … Continued

Myanmar: Bus from Bagan to Inle Lake (video)

WATCH: 31 Bus from Bagan to Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)   We decided to take the Tourist bus from Bagan to Inle Lake. We woke up at 6:30am, had a quick breakfast at 6:45am and a 7am bus pickup for the 7:30am bus, but we got picked up after 7:30am, and the bus left around 8am … Continued

The Pace of Freedom in Brookings, Oregon

Freedom is slow. It lacks the weariness and worry of the workday. Freedom strolls through the hours as if it had all the time in the world. Every moment seems to matter and to sharpen into clarity. No more the wicked counting of minutes. No more the squeal of the alarm clock. No more the … Continued

Philippines: Biking Bohol

Comprising more than 7000 islands, the Republic of the Philippines offers travellers an extensive catalogue of potential experiences: From hiking the ancient rice terraces of Sagada to rafting the rapids at Pagsanjan; from climbing dormant volcanoes to diving diverse reefs. With so many headline attractions, it can be difficult to decide how to spend one’s … Continued

Thailand: When Relationships Are Challenged by Extreme Travel

Thank you to Women’s Adventure Magazine for publishing my story, When Relationships Are Challenged by Extreme Travel. My other title was “Sobbing While Snorkeling.” By Lisa Niver Rajna Five years ago when George and I flew into Thailand for the first time together, I thought I was going to cry in the airport. I gave up … Continued

‘Walking’ the Freedom Trail

On Valentine’s Day, 2011 I took my oath as a US citizen at the young age of 62. My husband Bill and I were in our second year of RVing across North America. We have the freedom to be where we want to be, do what we want to do. As we were going up … Continued

Freedom Fairy Tales – Malta

In the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, slightly below Sicily, rests Malta, the largest island in the Maltese archipelago. Valletta, the capital of Malta, is a fortified city built on Mount Sceberras between two harbors with defense in mind during the architectural planning. Walking through the entrance is like being magically transported back in time … Continued

Freedom: Finding My Way Along the Causeway

Finding My Way Along the Causeway Take-off is something I always look forward to when traveling.  I love when the plane finishes taxiing, does an about-face on the runway, and suddenly starts to gain momentum.  I am riding rolling thunder and my obligations are officially behind me the moment those tires leave the earth! This … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel